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FOOTHILLS UNITED WAY advances the common good.

We focus on protecting services vital to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long-term investments in Early Childhood Success, Attainable Housing, and Community Resilience because these are the foundation for a good quality of life. We believe we all win when a person succeeds in school and life when a neighborhood turns around when families have good health and workers have solid jobs. We bring together people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

Community Resilience Initiatives

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).
 
Connecting by Communicating - AirLink Amateur Radio Group/Jamestown BoCo Strong Resiliency Group
Strengthen and enhance 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 
Provide 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
Connect 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
Equip 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
Develop training materials for a job-readiness program which will transition formerly homeless individuals into the workforce and on to sustainable career paths.
 
Impact Initiatives

The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County’s (ECCBC) Promoting Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years
A training focused on the importance of knowing how to identify and address mental health issues in young children, the understanding of early childhood mental wellness principles for teachers and caregivers

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide 
An initiative seeking to bridge the digital divide by expanding broadband access, providing skill-building workshops and device access; starting with three populations: Boulder Valley School District parents and guardians on limited income; non-native English-speaking adults and elderly adults. 
 
The Broomfield Housing Opportunity Coalition (BHOC)
Working on the need to expand and sustain attainable housing for Broomfield residents, making living situations easier for lower-income residents in the area. 
 
Dream Big
Dedicated to addressing the opportunity and achievement gaps by providing low-income youth and their families with Cradle-to-Career support through three tiers: increasing academic success, strengthening family support networks and promoting student well-being.
 
Programs
 
Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE) Program
A match-savings program designed to help working, low-income families and individuals save money for first-time homeownership, post-secondary education, and small business development.
 
Volunteer Connection
Foothills United Way's Volunteer Connection provides a wide array of meaningful opportunities with over 100 nonprofit programs in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, making it easy for you to volunteer no matter how busy your schedule is. Volunteer for a couple of hours or as an ongoing commitment, the choice is yours. Find and participate in the volunteer opportunity that's right for you.
 
Day of Caring
Day of Caring is the largest event of its kind in Boulder and Broomfield counties. It is held on the 2nd Friday of September in honor of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. It offers opportunities for volunteers to get out into their communities and to learn about what local organizations do every day - volunteer projects on that day equate to an estimated economic value of $111,109 for our community.
 
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.