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About United Way Battlement to the Bells

Our mission is to help ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference by assisting those most in need throughout our communities. Read about how we did that this past year in our most recent annual report.

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Above: Each fall, the Glenwood Springs, Colorado public works department hoists a banner high above Grand Avenue to announce the start of our local United Way’s annual giving campaign.


Locally Run, Nationally Connected: As a member of United Way of America/United Way Worldwide, our local office pays a nominal membership fee, based on income, to United Way America. Membership dues allow us to join more than 1,300 other offices across the county that distribute designated-donor contributions back to us from businesses and employees located in other parts of Colorado and outside the state.

Membership dues allow us to join more than 1,300 other offices across the country that distribute designated-donor contributions back to us from businesses and employees who wish to support our local efforts but are located in other parts of Colorado and outside the state. Dues also cover financial training and oversight, materials, tools, and intra-office communications and other information sharing

Service Area: Our independently run, local United Way office covers the Western Slope of Colorado from Battlement Mesa to the Maroon Bells. Our service area includes the I-70 corridor beginning at the western edge of Garfield County and heading east to Glenwood Springs. From the intersection of I-70 and Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs, our service area then encompasses the region located south and east, and all the way to Aspen. In between, our service area also covers Carbondale, where Highway 133 heads up to Redstone and Marble. From Carbondale, our service area includes El Jebel and Basalt, where Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties meet.

WheelChairsTax Status: Our local United Way office is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that is recognized by the U.S. Federal Government and the State of Colorado. Donors can be assured that 100 percent of local contributions are used in our local service area to help agencies and organizations and to support United Way programs. United Way’s most-recent tax report is available on the Secretary of State’s website or by calling (303) 625-8189.

Our Funding Calendar: Contributions raised during our fall campaign are distributed the following year; click this link for specific dates and application forms.  In the early spring, a volunteer group of local citizens will review agency requests and determine the level of support to be given to each agency. Information will be disseminated to the public through local media outlets.

Statewide Referrals Via the 2-1-1 Program

United Way Battlement to the Bells is an active participant in the statewide 2-1-1 referral program.

The 2-1-1 program is a free, confidential service that refers callers to health and human services. It is available in multiple languages. For more information about 2-1-1 in our area of the Western Slope, see this page.

The 2-1-1 program’s database holds information about more than 11,000 services across the state of Colorado. These services are supported by more than 3,900 agencies, including the partner agencies supported by United Way Battlement to the Bells.

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The new 2-1-1 Colorado mobile app accesses the same referrals and resources that 2-1-1 agents use. You can download this free app on iTunes for your iPhone or Google Play for an Android mobile phone.
The 2-1-1 referrals include:

  • Domestic Violence — Dealing With and Preventing Abuse
  • Food / Clothing Banks
  • GED / ESL Classes
  • Housing / Emergency Shelter
  • Medical Clinics
  • Mental Health Assistance
  • Rental / Utility Bills Assistance
  • Suicide Intervention and Prevention
  • Prescription Medicine Assistance
  • Senior Services
  • Support Groups
  • Youth Programs