Community Resilience

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A resilient community has the ability to withstand and recover from any type of community setback. 
Together, neighbors can anticipate risk, limit impact, adapt and learn from change.

Foothills United Way is driving results through collaborative action in Boulder and Broomfield counties with an emphasis on community resilience. Our goal is to address community challenges with innovative solutions that prevent problems from spiraling out of control and becoming more costly. We’re investing in collaborative solutions where expert organizations, local nonprofits, government organizations/agencies, faith communities and businesses link assets to make measurable progress. 

Our Community Resilience Initiatives include:

Better Together
The Better Together workshops are taught in a three-part series that cover existing emergency management processes, how to prepare as an individual, and how to build preparedness into your community. The course includes a variety of individual assessments, group activities, discussions, and guest speakers to lead participants from introductory knowledge to community expert. The courses are open to everyone from Boulder and Broomfield Counties; our only requirement is that you commit to the full series of three workshops.

CircleTalk - Increasing Engagement and Decreasing Social Isolation for Older Adults
This initiative will train facilitators in and provide CircleTalk - a program for vulnerable and at-risk older adults to enjoy a sense of belonging, develop a feeling of community, experience meaningful engagement, and connection and feel less isolated - in the Boulder and Broomfield communities. (Jewish Family Service of Colorado, Inc).

Getting Ahead for Spanish Speakers 
This initiative offers a Getting Ahead class for Spanish-speakers in our community, with additional emphasis on Financial Skills and being a Smart Consumer (OUR Center).
Lyons Prepared 
This initiative is a citizen partnership with a mission to support emergency preparedness. It seeks to enhance communication in neighborhoods in preparation for any emergency event (Town of Lyons, Lyons Fire Protection District).
Nederland Restorative Practices Initiative
This initiative will build bonding and bridging capital by supporting strong adult/student and student/student relationships in grades K-12 (TEENS, Inc., Boulder Valley School District, Nederland Elementary School, Nederland Middle-Senior High School).

Strengthening Mountain Communities From Within Initiative is a multi-faceted approach to provide more integrated and deeper direct basic needs services and referrals to other resources in support of vulnerable residents of the Boulder County mountain communities. This will include strengthening the MHSC and P2P backbone functions of coordination and collaboration, building on the existing successful Mountain Resource Liaison work by deepening outreach and expanding into new communities, providing funding directly to programs already meeting basic needs in mountain communities, and providing a framework for intra-community relationships between service providers to grow and strengthen.

Connecting by Communicating - AirLink Amateur Radio Group/Jamestown BoCo Strong Resiliency Group
Strengthening and enhancing the essential ham radio communication network for mountain communities, ensuring that vulnerable residents remain connected and get the assistance they need during times of crisis and disaster.
Family Leadership Training Institute at OUR Center - Outreach United Resource Cener, Inc. (OUR Center)
Providing leadership skills training in vulnerable communities to empower individuals and families to drive positive change while serving in meaningful leadership roles.
Mountain Resource Liaison Outreach to Vulnerable Populations - Emergency Family Assistance Association/Mountain Human Services Collaborative
Connecting vulnerable residents of Boulder County mountain communities with services supporting basic needs. Building strong connections between vulnerable residents and agencies serving the community is a critical component in building lasting resilience in these communities.
Building Social and Emotional Resilience Through Conscious Discipline - Escuela Bilingue Pioneer Elementary School
Equipping teachers, students and their families with the skills and strategies to help them respond to emotional challenges both at school and at home.
CTK Job-Readiness Training Materials - Bridge House
Developing training materials for a job-readiness program which will transition formerly homeless individuals into the workforce and on to sustainable career paths.