Foothills United Way fully supports and encourages collaboration. Without it, our community would improve at a much slower rate. Two minds are always better than one, which is why it's important to us to form groups and conversations that will allow our community to brainstorm and come up with innovative solutions to our most pressing issues. Community Resilience is best built with contributions from the entire community. We are proud to say that we are leading of some very important conversations when it comes to Community Resilience. Some of the groups we have already helped form with people in our community include:
Mission: Bocostrong increases the web of connections among individuals, organizations and governments across Boulder County to foster inclusivity, increase disaster resilience, and build vibrant and prosperous communities.
BoCo Strong was created with the purpose of building a culture of resilience throughout Boulder County. It was formed in the wake of the 2013 flood and began as a sub-committee of the long-term flood recovery group (LTFRG). BoCo Strong focuses on building social capital, increasing connections and fostering cooperation around already existing social networks. BoCo Strong is comprised of representatives from Lyons, Jamestown, Boulder, Longmont and Boulder County as well as the Red Cross, Boulder Flood Relief, Foothills United Way, Intermountain Alliance, and the Office of Emergency Management.
Contact www.bocostrong.org for more info
Foothills United Way's Community Resilience Advisory Committee
The Community Resilience Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders from Boulder/Broomfield County non-profit organizations. This advisory council currently serves to oversee the work of our Director of Community Resilience as well as administer the annual Community Resilience Grant process.
Boulder County VOAD
Mission: To build community strength, collaboration, and resilience throughout the disaster cycle; promote implementation of lessons learned from past experience; and facilitate agile and effective response to human needs arising from disasters throughout Boulder County and neighboring communities.
The Boulder County VOAD is a local network of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Following the points of consensus established by the National VOAD, the BoCo VOAD promotes cooperation, collaboration, communication, and coordination between a network of disaster response organizations in order to help our communities find strength, compassion, and the resources they need to survive, recover, and thrive after a disaster.
Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Taskforce
Mission: A collaboration between service organizations working to improve access to housing and human services for the residents of the Peak to Peak Area.
The Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Taskforce is a collaboration of human service agencies who seek to improve the basic needs of mountain residents. The Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Taskforce is a data driven organization with a strategic focus on housing, access to healthcare, and transportation in the Peak to Peak Region.
Peak to Peak Human Services, Housing Sub-committee
Mission: We intend to provide sustainable and fairly priced mountain living.
Connecting individuals to existing programs that help
Helping individuals with other weatherization and home improvement needs
Advocating for initiatives that would provide better housing situations
Nederland Interagency Council on Homeless Encampments (NICHE)
NICHE is a coalition of Nederland non-profit organizations, area businesses, homeless support groups, local law enforcement, Nederland Fire, United States Forest Service, and Boulder County government that collectively work together to better understand the influx of transient/homeless people that move to our public lands along the Peak to Peak highway in the summer. Solutions to date for this group include the creation of a shared understanding of the negative effects of such influx on our larger community, local businesses and non-profits, as well as better law enforcement data collection and information sharing.
Inter Mountain Alliance
Mission: To foster relationships between the mountain communities of Western Boulder County and support individual and community based emergency preparedness.
The Inter Mountain Alliance (IMA) was formed in response to the Fourmile Canyon Fire and has remained a cohesive group of mountain community leaders through the Flood of 2013 to present time. Communications was a great concern after the Fire which led to a partnership with Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services and the formation of the Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN). MERN is one just one of the initiatives supported by the IMA. This group of self-motivated mountain leaders tirelessly work to build the resilience of their mountain communities.