Dear Vail and Eagle River Valley friends,

In one short week, our lives here in our community have been turned upside down.  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 I’ve received from some of you already asking how can you help in these unprecedented times.  Well…join the fight!

In the next few months, as this crisis unfolds, our neighbors will need more help than ever. This health emergency will overwhelm the nonprofits as they address the health and financial needs of our community.  More than half of our community live paycheck to paycheck. In two weeks, two will those residents pay rent?  How will they feed their family?

This is where the United Way Eagle River Valley plays a significant role to make a difference in our community!  The United Way is a trusted global brand and has been supporting communities in need for more than 100 years.  Thus, the United Way Eagle River Valley is proud to announce that we are starting a local COVID-19 Recovery Philanthropy Fund.  

It is time for all of us to join together and increase the funding to our community by donating now.  We don't know if this health crisis will be weeks or months.  But what we do know is that we can all make a difference!  Businesses, residents, and supporters can contribute to this fund here by clicking on the, "Donate Now" link in the menu.

The United Way Eagle River Valley is the one charity that brings all nonprofits and businesses together to make our community better.  We work with local government, business, and nonprofit partners to allocate funding where and when it is most needed, with a mindfulness that as the emergency subsides, another crisis will arise for needs that meet United Way of Eagle River Valley’s mission to meet community needs in health, education, and financial stability.

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

  • The Salvation Army of Vail Valley
  • Catholic Charities
  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • YouthPower365
  • Mountain Youth
  • Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund
  • Bright Future Foundation
  • Vail Valley Charitable Fund
  • EFEC
  • The Samaritan Center
  • Caregiver Connections
  • Homecare and Hospice of the Valley 
  • and over 25+ other local programs. 
  • Many other notable and trustworthy local programs that do not receive annual United Way accreditation are also playing a big role right now.

We will keep you informed about our work to respond to the community needs and continue to provide helpful links below.  Thank you in advance for your donation as it will have immediate impact to your neighbors and friends.

All of us at United Way of Eagle River Valley wish you and your family strength, peace and good health during these challenging times.

Sara Amberg, Board Chair

Alan Himelfarb, Chairman Emiritus

Trevor Davis, Treasurer

Randy Simmonds

Paul Court

Jeff Corn

Rebecca Kanaly, Executive Director

Hannah Conoley, Program Manager

Helpful Links Regarding Covid-19


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®.


Helpful Links Regarding Covid-19

CDC (, Vail Health (,  State of Colorado (, Eagle County (

Community Resource Guide

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.

Holy Cross Energy Temporarily Suspends Nonpayment Disconnections

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.

Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund (EVFAF)

EVFAF provides a supervised no-interest loan from our revolving fund. Loan repayments are individually structured according to each clients' ability to repay.

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