In one short week, our lives here in our community have been turned around. Last week, United Way staff and our partner agencies were collaborating on how to help those in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test. Now, we are confronting the daunting task of helping an entire community in isolation with a vast population in quarantine. We are moved by the phone calls and emails that we’ve received from some of you already asking how can you help in these unprecedented times. Well…you can join the fight!

In the next few months, as this crisis peaks then subsides, our neighbors will need more help than ever. This health emergency will only transform into a recovery period, in which nonprofits are expected to be overwhelmed in efforts to address new needs. More than half of our community live paycheck to paycheck. In two weeks, two months…how will those residents pay rent? How will they feed their family?

That’s where you come in! If you have been trying to decide which of the many nonprofits to give to during this crisis, we can take the guess work out of it for you, because:

• Your local United Way of Eagle River Valley has stepped up with a local COVID-19 Recovery Philanthropy Fund. Businesses, residents, and supporters can contribute to this fund where all of your donation will stay in the Valley.

• We have a trusted and vetted network of nonprofits who are in critical need of funding. We will allocate it where and when it is most needed.

• United Way of Eagle River Valley is part of a trusted brand worldwide, which has more than 130 years of experience as a grantor. This is what we do.

United Way of Eagle River Valley recognizes and funds the following trusted and vetted partner programs who will directly help our local neighbors in this time of crisis:

• Vail Valley Charitable Fund
• The Salvation Army of Vail Valley
• Catholic Charities
• Food Bank of the Rockies
• YouthPower365
• Mountain Youth
• Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund
• Bright Future Foundation
• The Samaritan Center
• Caregiver Connections
• Homecare and Hospice of the Valley
• over 25+ other local program


United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED®.


Holy Cross Energy Temporarily Suspends Nonpayment Disconnections

To support members who may be impacted by Colorado’s response to COVID-19, Holy Cross Energy (HCE) is temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for members. HCE recognizes that social distancing may cause economic disruptions for some of our members, and this may cause financial hardship affecting their ability to pay their electricity bill.

Members can contact HCE at 970-945-5491 or at to speak with a Member Services Representative about payment options or a deferred payment plan.

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