We have signature programs that make a direct impact in the community.
By bridging the gap between our impact goals and the current state of the community, we can allocate our full efforts to the areas that need us the most.
Day of Caring
Day of Caring is Routt County United Way’s signature volunteer opportunity.
Day of Caring is a half-day event that connects volunteers with projects for nonprofits, government, and low-income individuals in the community, hosted by Routt County United Way since 1998. Every spring, individual and corporate volunteers join forces to share their time and talents on projects at nonprofits across Routt County. Volunteers who participate in Day of Caring gain first-hand experience in how giving back to their community through work that saves labor costs and allows nonprofits to invest their efforts where they make the greatest impact Routt County.
Volunteering is essential to keeping our community connected and supporting local causes. You can change a life with your time and talent when you volunteer with Routt County United Way.
THANK YOU to all the Volunteers that made our 25th Day of Caring the best yet!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Routt County United Way hosts an annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
We were able to provide to-go meals to over 500 people in 2021, and brought together volunteers from all parts of our community. It’s heartwarming to be a part of a tradition that truly captures the spirit of giving and gratefulness. Thank you to our lead sponsor: Mountain Valley Bank .
In 2020, Routt County United Way transitioned from hosting the Holiday Exchange Market.
Our Holiday Food Card Drive is designed to help alleviate holiday stress by collecting local grocery gift cards to provide a week’s worth of groceries. In turn, families and individuals are able to purchase meaningful gifts for loved ones or take care of a needed expense. Thanks to our generous community, we gave out $825 food cards to 293 families in 2021.
“The Food Card program put on by Routt County United Way this holiday season was not only an incredible success from the position of a provisioning organization, but all feedback received from our recipients pointed towards the same general conclusion. The simplicity and effectiveness of the program in terms of necessary client information to register on our end and the gratitude on theirs respectively made the program well worthwhile.
“The ability to reach out to and collect information from our client base with minimal effort allowed us to cover so many of our community members- a huge perk given the dramatic increase in needs this year with the pandemic. In that same vein, the minimal contact required kept everyone at a safe distance at all times allowed us to distribute within the comfortability level of everyone; our team and clients alike.”
-Reid Petersen, Integrated Community
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an early literacy program introduced to Routt County by Routt County United Way’s leadership giving group, Women United.
All children in Routt County from birth to age five can sign up to receive a free age-appropriate book each month mailed directly to their home. Children that live outside of Routt County are eligible for this program through the Book Gift Program. Gift the love of reading and help develop language and comprehension with the Imagination Library.