Our Community Foundation is dedicated to improving wellness in the Eagle River Valley.
As one veteran described,
“The Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute really impacted my perception of my best self in a positive way”.
Support of Local Military Veterans
Eagle County is home to thousands of military veterans, many of whom struggle to return to civilian life. Vail Veterans Program Founder Cheryl Jensen has collaborated Johnson & Johnson to establish a national program to help military veterans accept their challenges and develop a plan for success. OCF and Vail Veterans Program identified and funded local veterans willing to participate in the national program.
This program was funded by an OCF Founding Family with interest in supporting the mental health of local military veterans.
Suicide is Eagle County’s fourth leading cause of death.
Our Community Foundation is working with local partners to enhance resources, increase access to care, and assure crisis support is accessible for anyone in our community. A primary step is increasing awareness of mental health challenges and existing resources and identifying the important role mental health has on community well-being
In Eagle County we experienced 60 hospitalizations for suicide attempts between 2007 and 2011; in 2017, 142 patients were seen in our local emergency room with complaints of suicidal or homicidal ideation.
31% of Eagle County residents report their mental health was not good on one or more days during the previous month.
28% of Eagle County adults and adolescents report binge drinking in the previous month.
What is MIRA?
The goal of MIRA is to bring resources and services TO people. MIRA aims to serve as a single-stop, comprehensive, integrated and culturally relevant approach to resource connection and service delivery where people are at. MIRA will travel to neighborhoods, community sites and workplaces throughout Eagle County. Resources and services available on MIRA will change based on community needs and priorities. Examples of resources that will be available include basic health education and screenings, support in applying to public assistance programs, food resources, workforce development, and coordination with early childhood and physical activity programming, just to name a few. The resources and services will be provided by a wide variety of local community organizations.
About the name – MIRA
- MIRA is an acronym for Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance /Alianza de recursos interculturales móviles. Although in a different order, the words start with the same letter in both English and Spanish.
- Mira means “vision” as in looking ahead, aiming for something in the future, future intentions. This really aligns with what MIRA is trying to do – connect people to resources and offer people support to ensure a better future.
- The concept of an “alliance” provides a platform to feature all partners involved in the project and allows us to add new partners over time.
Reducing Carbon Monoxide Risk
Under the leadership of the local Red Cross, OCF funded and assisted in installing nearly 120 carbon monoxide monitors at Eagle River Village Mobile Home Park in Edwards. In November, OCF was notified that a newly installed monitor alerted a family to a leak, and they evacuated the home for the night. The monitor that most of us take for granted may have avoided a local disaster.
The opportunity to purchase and install carbon monoxide monitors in local homes was funded by the Founding Families of OCF.