Early Childhood Education
The Eagle River Valley has more children under the age of five than it has early childhood education access, leaving many low-income children without childcare.
The early childhood educator certification scholarships and new childcare facilities at CMC are funded by OCF through a generous gift from Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam.
OCF partnered with Colorado Mountain College (CMC)
Together we increased their capacity to train early childhood educators.
Developed with the help of Dr. Kathyrn Regjo, Vice President of the CMC Edwards, this includes scholarships for students to achieve their early childhood certifications, as well as onsite childcare for CMC students. This program professionalizes early childhood services and creates new jobs in the early childhood field.
Eliminating School Lunch Debt
Around the country, school systems routinely stamp the hands of children who are unable to pay for a lunch they have received from their school cafeteria – a humiliation to children and their families. When OCF learned of this, the organization immediately paid off about $4,000 in student debt owed by nearly 400 local families. We will continue to address this issue in 2018.
The food bank will be the core service within a broader set of food-related services managed by Our Community Foundation
The food security initiatives undertaken by OCF are funded primarily by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam, and a local family that wishes to remain anonymous. Substantial in-kind donation of food has been donated by Mitch Karlin, of Karlin Foods. Additional financial support has been provided by other generous unrestricted gifts to OCF, and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
If you have lived in Eagle County for a lifetime, or have picked this beautiful mountain community to call home, people demonstrate their value through giving of their time to enhance our community’s quality of life. Volunteering is a way of life in Eagle County. If you are interested in volunteering, we can connect you.
WE NEED YOU
The first step is to let us know of your interest, and then we’ll get started. We encourage your involvement and look forward to working with you. Call or email the Foundation to discuss volunteer opportunities.