“The world is not a lonely place, there is light
and life and love enough for all of us.”
– President Gerald R. Ford
In addition to arts, athletics and education, a critical role of the VVF, in good times or bad, has been and always will be, community. COVID-19 has impacted everyone, but for many in our community, the impact of coronavirus has been catastrophic. We felt it was incumbent on us all to reach out to those who have been hit hardest by these unusual times, which is why we created the VVF Community Fund.
This community is truly special. It is a place where everyone does everything they can, whenever they can, to support one another. For that we are incredibly grateful. When the VVF Community Fund was initially launched on April 22, we set a goal to raise $450,000; all of which would be matched by our generous Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors. We are thrilled to report that we not only met that goal, but far exceeded it, raising nearly $1.5 million and providing a wave of much-needed relief to our Eagle County community members hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application process for the Vail Valley Foundation Community Fund is now closed.
HOW WILL THE FUND BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY:
Funds raised will be distributed to approximately 20 local nonprofits representing four key areas of need in the community. Based on known needs and thoughtful discussion, by a steering committee, gifts will support the following critical issues:
We are seeing a staggering increased demand for food by families in need. Nearly 14,000 Eagle County residents are accessing weekly food assistance.
MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
There is a dramatic rise in the need for mental and behavioral health, and domestic violence services in our valley.
SHELTER & HOUSEHOLD ASSISTANCE
Individuals and families in our valley are not able to meet basic needs.
YOUTH EDUCATION & PROGRAMMING
COVID-19 caused a terrible disruption to the critical education and social and emotional health of our valley’s children and youth.
HOW WILL THE FUND DOLLARS BE ALLOCATED:
Our Steering Committee is in place and comprised of three community members and four members of the VVF Board of Directors and Executive Team. This committee will meet weekly and deploy funds over the coming months to the areas of greatest need. As they do, we will share updates on where support is being allocated and about the positive impact our generous donors are making in our community.
Steering Committee Community Members
Cheryl Jensen, Mike Rushmore, Dan Pennington
Steering Committee VVF Members
Ann Smead, Steve Coyer, Bob Ford, Mike Imhof