ACCESS Roaring Fork
This after-school education organization helps meet the educational-enrichment needs of kids and families in local communities, offering classes in five middle schools in Garfield County. The Second Shift After-School Program and Boost Summer Camp provide services to more than 1600 students annually. ACCESS collaborates with area service providers and schools to deliver diverse, fun and educational programs. Its primary goal is to provide kids with support and opportunities to develop the skills necessary to grow into capable, self-assured, confident individuals connected to their communities and families.
Learn More (970) 963-4402 www.accessroaringfork.org
Advocate Safehouse Project
The only program in Garfield County offering comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault by providing victim/survivor assistance, and community education and awareness.
Learn More (970) 945-2632 www.advocatesafehouse.org
Alpine Legal Services
Lends legal assistance, information and education, on a sliding-scale payment arrangement, to clients in need. The attorneys and staffers strive to give clients the knowledge to present themselves in court cases or by matching volunteer attorneys to work with them, assisting hundreds of domestic-violence and family-conflict clients, and advocating for the rights of elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Learn More (970) 945-8858 www.alpinelegalservices.com
Aspen Hope Center
Created in 2010 following a University of Colorado Depression Institute’s needs assessment of our community, the center, staffed by professionals trained in psychiatric emergencies, specializes in suicide crisis prevention and intervention, stabilization and recovery. Suicide-prevention education and outreach form the core of the organization’s mission, critical to the local community that, ironically, reflects one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.
Learn More (970) 925-5858 www.aspenhopecenter.org
Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance
The APDHA’s mission is to create a comprehensive dental health system that promotes education, prevention and access to all residents from Aspen to Parachute. APDHA was established in the spring of 2008 by health and human service agencies, public health departments, dental professionals and community members representing Garfield, Western Eagle (El Jebel area), and Pitkin counties in response to health data indicators and reports that showed significant need to improve access to dental care for the indigent and working poor population in the region and the need for an action plan.
(970) 989-3913 http://www.mygreatteeth.org/about-2/
Aspen Strong Foundation
Connecting the mental health resources from Aspen to Parachute through a provider directory on our website. Providing user-friendly screening tools and a calendar for support groups and events centered around mental health.
Learn More https://aspenstrong.org/
Aspen Valley Land Trust
The oldest land trust in Colorado, AVLT is a widely known and trusted community-based non-profit organization serving the greater Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado River Valley west of Glenwood Springs, which includes parts of Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, Mesa and Gunnison Counties, including the Fryingpan and Crystal Valleys. Since 1967, Aspen Valley Land Trust has helped private landowners preserve more than 34,000 acres of working family ranches, scenic viewsheds, riparian and wildlife habitat, and recreational areas in the Roaring Fork and upper Colorado River watersheds.
Learn More (970) 963-8440 http://www.avlt.org/
Founded in 1983, this organization empowers youth in the Roaring Fork Valley community to achieve their full potential through mentoring experiences. Major programs reflect the mission: one-on-one mentoring, group/experiential mentoring, and financial literacy education. The organization also provides professional case management, extracurricular-activity and continuing-education scholarships and therapeutic counseling. Buddy Pairs in the Community Program stay together an average of four (4) years, more than twice that of national mentoring programs. The Buddy Program has helped its Little Buddies in areas of self-esteem, decision making, academics and relationships with friends and family.
Learn More (970) 927-1001 www.buddyprogram.org
CASA of the Ninth
Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA of the Ninth is a nonprofit organization that provides court appointed advocates to abused and neglected children in Colorado’s Ninth Judicial District (Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco Counties). CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to ensure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
Learn More (970) 987-4332 www.casaoftheninth.org
Local programs include emergency financial assistance, family transitional housing, immigration services, and immigrant community advocacy for clients. All programs are nondenominational.
Learn More (970) 384-2060 www.catholiccharities.org
Center for Independence
The Center for Independence works to promote community solutions and to empower individuals with disabilities to live independently. CFI provides information to individuals and businesses about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accessibility guidelines, and other technical assistance.
Learn More (970) 241-0315 http://cfigj.org/
Eagle County – El Jebel Healthy Aging Program
Eagle County Healthy Aging program is designed to meet and enhance the physical, nutritional, mental, social and emotional needs of senior community members, so that they remain independent and in their own homes for as long as they desire to do so. These programs are provided directly, as well as through community collaboration, senior involvement, referrals, and administrative management.
Learn More (970) 328-7682 or (855) 848-8829 http://www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/Healthy_Communities/Healthy_Aging/
Early Childhood Network
Promotes the availability of quality, affordable early childhood education, and provides access to childcare information and resources for Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties. The network offers individual quality-improvement coaching and assessment to childcare center staff and in-home providers, and provides families with free referrals to licensed childcare facilities while educating them on the importance of understanding quality childcare indicators.
Learn More (970) 928-7111 http://www.earlychildhoodnet.org/
English in Action
This literacy program helps immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley to learn English and to develop the skills they need to pursue their dreams. English In Action helps adults learn to read, write and speak English and by building cross-cultural relationships. The program offers one-on-one tutoring, weekly drop-in classes and specialized workshops designed to help students overcome obstacles to learning English. As a result of these programs, our adult students are better able to obtain jobs, get medical help when their children are sick, support their kids in school, more effectively manage their daily lives, and become more engaged members of our community.
Learn More (970) 963-9200 http://englishinaction.org/
FamilyWize Prescription Program
The FamilyWize® Community Service Partnership program is working to reduce the cost of prescription medicine for children, families and individuals by $1 billion by the end of 2015. FamilyWize delivers these savings by distributing free, reusable prescription-drug discount cards. These wallet cards are provided free of charge both to the organizations and agencies helping to distribute the drug cards and to individuals. All funding for the FamilyWize prescription card program is provided by part of the dispensing fee that is included in the cost of medicines when a FamilyWize card is used, and by in-kind donations and reduced costs from the program sponsors.
Learn More (800) 222-2818 http://familywize.org/
Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District
The Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District is a school-based center. The organization offers a bilingual staff member in each of our three offices in each of its three Roaring Fork School District attendance centers, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The center connects families, schools and communities to improve student health, well-being and academic achievement via three programs: 1. Student Health and Well-Being, 2. Parent Education and 3. Health Promotion.
Learn More (970) 384-5697 http://www.rffrc.com/english/index.php
Family Visitor Programs
Works with families during pregnancy and continues counseling and involvement through the baby’s first year via in-home visits. Parents are provided with support, education, and advocacy services, which include specialized developmental education.
Learn More (970) 945-1234 www.familyvisitor.org
Feed My Sheep
Established in 2003, Feed My Sheep serves the local homeless population with a day center and a winter overnight shelter. The Day Center provides for its clients laundry facilities, computer and communication services to help clients search for employment, a kitchen area, and bathroom/shower facilities. The Winter Shelter is open during the coldest months of the year to prevent deaths due to exposure and hypothermia.
(970) 928-8340 http://www.feedmysheephomelessministry.org/
Garfield County Public Health
Public Health provides preventative health care services at low to no cost. Services offered include: immunizations for children and adults; food vouchers and nutrition assistance through the Women Infant Children (W.I.C.) program; pre-natal education and support; free infant diapers for pregnant women who stop smoking; free car seat inspections; tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, and HIV testing; and dental fluoride varnishes. The Environmental Health program provides assistance with concerns about local air and water quality, sewage systems, and other environmental issues that may impact human health.
Learn More Rifle (970) 625-5200 and Glenwood Springs (970) 945-6614 http://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders. Girl Scouts serves over 1,100 girls on Colorado’s Western Slope. With the support of nearly 600 volunteers, the organization helps girls discover more about themselves, connect with friends and take action to improve their communities. All girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome. Adult volunteers are welcome too!
Learn More (970) 242-4461 https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/western-slope
Go2Work is a training and education program for job seekers who need assistance with employment preparation and job training. Go2Work provides weekly, drop-in workshops offering free individualized assistance with resumes, job searches, email accounts, completing on-line applications, interview preparation, career exploration and training information. A qualified instructor is available at each location, and participants have access to computers and Internet resources to aid in their job searches. No preregistration is required and community members are encouraged to drop in for assistance anytime during workshop hours.
Learn More (970) 384-8523 http://coloradomtn.edu/partnerships/go2work_programs/
High Country RSVP
High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) acts as a valuable clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Garfield County for seniors and is a catalyst for developing a new corps of executive and professional volunteers. In Garfield County, High Country RSVP recruits, trains, and places senior volunteers (55+) on projects that utilize their skills and abilities to serve others in the community, such as implementation of their FREE Tax-aide program, Medicare counseling program, Helping Hands for Seniors and Driver Safety Classes for 50+. RSVP volunteers are former College Presidents, Teachers, CEOs, Health Professionals, Psychologists and Homemakers looking for ways to give back to their communities in their retirement years..
Learn More (970) 947-8462 www.highcountryrsvp.com
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley
HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley provides compassionate and dignified palliative and end-of-life care to hospice patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. Our home health programs provide supportive care in the home for those who have functional limitations and those who have rehabilitation and short-term illness needs. Professionals care for patients throughout communities in the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Crystal and Eagle River Valleys.
Learn More (970) 927-6650 www.hchotv.org
Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley
Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit youth organization that matches local community volunteers with local classroom teachers. JA’s hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepeneurship, and financial literacy to students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Junior Achievement provides all program materials, training, and on-going support for all programs, K-12. Local teachers request JA programs for their classrooms, and they rely on community volunteers to teach their students these valuable lessons on financial literacy and the working world.
Learn More (405) 708-1577 www.jaroaringfork.com
KDNK Community Access Radio
KDNK connects the Roaring Fork Valley with local and global news and events. From National Public Radio to Alternative Radio to the Roaring Fork Valley’s own Youth Radio, KDNK is full of useful news and information. Start the day out with Morning Edition and regional news. Find local programming like Valley Voices focusing on unique local characters, as well as interesting visiting guests. Interviews run the gamut from Colorado congressmen to piercing professionals.
Learn More (970) 963-2976 www.kndk.org
Dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance within communities, LIFT-UP is a channel of assistance for the Aspen to Parachute community, serving thousands of people each year who need assistance during times of temporary hardship. LIFT-UP‘s seven area food pantries will provide four days of food for any family in need, up to four times a year. Areas served include Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. The organization also manages its Extended Table Soup Kitchen though informal partnerships with service clubs, churches and other volunteer organizations that provide nutritious meals Monday through Friday.
Learn More (970) 945-2005 or (970) 625-4496 www.liftup.org
Professionally trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with an adult student with literacy skills below the 4th grade level. Students work with volunteers to increase their knowledge of reading, writing, math or English language skills. Individualized instruction allows students to continue their education while addressing issues of low skill level, work schedules, and lack of child care. Increased adult literacy leads to improved employment status and enhances self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
Learn More (970) 945-5282
Mind Springs Mental Health
Provides a broad array of mental health and substance abuse services…Outpatient services are available in Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Detox and residential substance-abuse services for adults also are available.
Learn More (970) 945-2583 http://www.mindspringshealth.org/
Mountain Valley Developmental Services
The only agency in Garfield County that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Mountain Valley encourages and supports their clients to enhance their ability to live, learn and work in an independent and inclusive manner. Many individuals are able to work and become self-sufficient because of the job training and community living environments that Mountain Valley offers.
Learn More (970) 945-2306 www.mtnvalley.org
Pathfinders is dedicated to improving the quality-of-life of patients with cancer and other chronic and life-threatening illnesses by providing education, counseling, and volunteer support at low or no cost. The program combines patient support, community resources and advocacy with an evidence-based curriculum of coping strategies called The Seven Pillars of Personal Strength. Research at the Duke Cancer Institute found that participants who worked with the Pathfinders interventions, reported their quality of life as getting better even in the face of progressing disease.
Learn More (970) 925-1225 http://www.pathfindersforcancer.org/
Preschool on Wheels
This Aspen Community Foundation program operates two mobile preschools, happily called “Gus the Bus,” in the Garfield County communities of Rifle, Silt and New Castle, Colo. In partnership with the Garfield RE-2 School District, the program addresses the fact that only seven percent (7%) of low-income children in Western Garfield County have access to quality preschool and that 56 percent (56%) are unprepared for kindergarten. The program emphasizes children’s cognitive, social-emotional, language and literacy development, and supports math, science, technology, art and music academics, plus diversity awareness.
(970) 925-9300 www.aspencommunityfoundation.org
For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has worked to improve women’s health and safety, to prevent unintended pregnancies, and to advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices. Planned Parenthood provides affordable, confidential reproductive health care that includes education, family planning services and contraceptives, screening for breast and cervical cancers, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Learn More (970) 945-8631 www.pprm.org
Raising A Reader/Early Learning Fund Aspen to Parachute
Fosters literacy and early reading success for 2,000 local children through age 7. Programs provide: 1) A weekly book bag (four books per week) into the homes of 2,000 children attending local schools and preschools; 2) Intensive parent education to build effective family engagement at home; 3) Outreach to identify and provide early literacy support to isolated, high-risk children; and 4) A library introduction program to connect families to additional resources for a literacy-rich home environment.
Learn More (970) 230-9117 www.rar4kids.org
Reach Out Colorado
“The ROC” helps to connect individuals and families in need with the appropriate services in the Rifle and Parachute communities. In spite of an extensive network of existing charitable organizations, needs in Western Garfield County still outpace crisis, or emergency, assistance services and funding. When existing agencies are not able to meet certain basic needs, The ROC calls on its extensive network of Volunteer Teams to help meet those needs. The organization also serves as a community resource/referral center, connecting clients with appropriate services offered by other local nonprofits. .
(970) 309-0384 www.reach-out-colorado.org
Reach Out and Read
This national organization operates in local medical settings in Garfield County to help prepare the youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and to encourage families to read together. Medical professionals incorporate the evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups and advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the six-month checkup and continues through age five, with special emphasis on low-income communities.
Learn More (970) 694-7301 www.reachoutandread.org
River Bridge Regional Center
A nationally-accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, River Bridge Regional Center uses a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to prevent, assess, treat and investigate child abuse. Our warm, child-friendly environment is a center that provides hope and healing to neglected and abused children and their families through treatment, advocacy and investigation services.
Learn More (970) 945-5195 http://www.riverbridgerc.org/
River Center of New Castle
River Center is a community outreach center that provides a place of refuge for those in need and helps volunteers find meaningful opportunities to serve in New Castle. River Center provides a wide range of services to seniors and Latinos, as well as school outreach. The organization is not limited to addressing a single need, as many other agencies are. River Center offers such a wide spectrum of humanitarian assistance, it has become a regional leader in community volunteerism and outreach.
Learn More (970) 984-4333 http://rivercenternewcastle.org/
The Salvation Army
From family tracing to disaster response, The Salvation Army International offers a wide variety of services that include emergency response, family tracing, social work, recovery from addiction, health services and participation in sports. Our Glenwood Springs office provides emergency assistance to people in need: rent eviction prevention, utility shut off prevention, prescriptions, clothing, transportation, etc.
Learn More (970) 945-6976 https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyGlenwood
Senior Matters is a non-profit corporation that assists seniors in Carbondale, Colorado and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The organization sponsors diverse educational and social programs for seniors of all ages. Senior Matters works with local and state governments, such as Garfield County and the Council on Aging. Senior Matters is recognized as a senior citizen caregiver for the Roaring Fork Valley area.
Learn More (970) 963-3212 http://seniorsmatter.org/index.html
Sopris Therapeutic Riding Services
The horses at Sopris Therapy Services help children, adults and disabled veterans overcome disabilities. The organization’s mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities and daily challenges to reach their full potential through Equine Assisted Therapies. STS offers Roaring Fork Valley clients special programs that include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, traditional physical therapy and equine-assisted mental health programs. Services that are offered to individuals and families and include summer camps for children of all abilities.
Learn More (970) 704-1037 http://www.sopristherapyservices.org/
Third Street Center
The Third Street Center, located in Carbondale, Colorado, promotes community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models sustainability in its design and practice. Providing long-term, affordable rental space, Third Street Center brings together more than 30 artistic, humanistic, community-building and environmental nonprofit organizations under one roof. Third Street Center’s community spaces (the Calaway Community Room, the Round Room, and the Board Room) are available to all tenants free of charge and at reasonable rates to other community organizations.
Learn More (970) 963-3221 http://www.thirdstreetcenter.net/
Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC)
The WSVC is comprised of committed individuals, nonprofits, governmental agencies and businesses who are working together to ensure that all Veterans living on Colorado’s Western Slope have the resources and support to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Learn More (303) 636-5918 http://www.rmhumanservices.org/wsvc
WindWalkers is an equine-assisted learning and therapy center that takes a family-centered approach. Wind Walkers’ mission is to provide a variety of equine-assisted therapies to aid in the development and growth of those with challenges, be they physical, neurological, emotional, behavioral or psychological. The organization provides therapeutic riding, beginner horsemanship and EAGALA, which targets mental health and human development needs.
Learn More (970) 963-2909 http://www.windwalkerstrc.org/
Launched by a group of parents concerned about drug use among high school students, YouthZone provides services to youth ages 6 to 18 years. Our services are geared toward three areas of assistance:prevention, intervention, and volunteerism. YouthZone works with more than 600 youth each year, serving the communities of Aspen, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, and Parachute.
Learn More (970) 945-9300 http://www.youthzone.com/