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Helping ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference by assisting those most in need

DONATIONS AND SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY After proudly serving for three years as United Way board president, I am happy to hand leadership responsibilities to Christopher May, an entrepreneur with a solid background in business management and financial oversight. Chris has great vision to lead our local United Way into its 35th year helping ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in our community. Since joining the board, I have witnessed various changes and difficulties as we suffered through the Great Recession. However, our United Way office’s mission has not changed since our organization’s founding in 1982 as United Way of Garfield County, and through its rebranding as United Way Battlement to the Bells in 2015. We continue to focus on expanding community engagement and impact by working with, and granting financial support to, deserving local nonprofits. And we always emphasis “local,” since “Monies raised here, stay here,” in our service area. Those precious donations come to us via individual donations, employees’ workplace, payroll-deduction programs, and businesses both large and small. We are continually grateful to major corporations, boasting familiar, household names, and their local service offices and stores in our neighborhood, such as XTO Energy, Sunlight Mountain Resort, United Companies, Comcast, CenturyLink, Xcel Energy, Walmart, Target, and many more. We also were so proud this year to welcome several more local businesses to our growing family of donors. Glenwood Medical Associates bestowed a number of monthly donations, and when any

one of us picked up the mail from our Glenwood Springs post office box, we often were pleased to find another check from GMA. The fact that such a well-respected medical office trusted its donations to be used responsibly by our board and administration is heartening. The dental office of Dr. Corey Johnson, in Glenwood Springs, also reached out to us. We were delighted that Dr. Johnson, as well as his staff, are personally involved with volunteering in our community. We are honoring Dr. Johnson, a U.S. Navy veteran, by designating the dollars raised through his office’s teeth-whitening services to benefit veterans in need in our community. We’re bragging when we note that United Way was the first recipient of Dr. Johnson’s Brighter Smiles, Brighter Futures program of giving back locally. I encourage our supporters to reach out to any of us board members with questions and ideas for unique ways to donate to United Way. Every dollar means so much to us and our mission, because United, we help change our community for good.

Scott Grosscup Past Board President, United Way of Garfield County

NEW LEADERSHIP & NEW PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES In the middle of 2016, I took the reins of board leadership from Scott Grosscup. I was pleased to oversee the initiation of three energetic new members to help steer the direction of United Way Battlement to the Bells (UWBB). (listed below from left to right)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Scott Grosscup, Immediate Past President Attorney, Partner – Balcomb & Green, PC Colin Wilhelm Associate Attorney – The Barsness Law Firm Rick Blauvelt, UWBB Board Treasurer Executive Director – Early Learning Fund (Raising A Reader) Traci D. Gurley, UWBB Board Secretary ECSE Preschool Director – Basalt/RE-1 School District Richard Golding Principal Engineer – Roaring Fork Engineering Misheel Chuluun Commercial Real Estate Analyst – Valbridge Property Advisors Christopher May, UWBB Board President Principal – Analyze Advise

While annual reports generally are a “look back” for organizations, we feel that the best is yet to come as we anticipate the implementation of our newest program. This past year, UWBB began working with the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, such as various independent United Way offices across the country, the agency places volunteers from across the nation with nonprofit organizations, including those individuals who sign up for a year of duty in the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. Executive Director Amy Barr has submitted a proposal to bring a team of volunteers to our area, to secure nearly a dozen VISTA members to work with local nonprofit organizations that have requested VISTA assistance. Our United Way office will be charged with familiarizing the VISTA team to our communities, informing the public about the specific assignments of our VISTA team members, supervising their work with our fellow nonprofit organizations, and measuring outcomes and effectiveness of this year-long effort. We are excited at the prospect of our VISTA-program acceptance. Your support enables continued investment in our local communities!

Christopher May Board President, United Way Battlement to the Bells

ABOUT UNITED WAY REASONS TO SUPPORT UNITED WAY BATTLEMENT TO THE BELLS United Way Battlement to the Bells, previously United Way of Garfield County, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency that brings people and communities together to advance the common good. We partner with local nonprofits, businesses, government and social service agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs. Since 1982, our local United Way office’s generous supporters have helped champion and fund dozens of local nonprofits devoted to health and human services for our most vulnerable residents.

1 LOCAL FOCUS: Funds raised here, stay here! As a community organization, we impact and change lives right here where we live and work. Donations to United Way Battlement to the Bells are used locally to better our county and citizens.

2 ASSURANCE: Verification ensures results. We carefully screen all of our granted charities to ensure that they use the funding they receive to achieve their stated goals of providing services to those in need.

3 CONVENIENCE: Save time while supporting our community’s most pressing needs.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Amy Barr has been the executive director of United Way since 2011. Working with a committed, volunteer board of directors, she is a one-person non-profit organization. Amy handles fundraising, marketing, public relations, financial management, grant making and industry relations.

By simply writing one check, or processing automatic paycheck deductions through your company’s payroll department, you will save time and will help support numerous qualifying charities in our county.

4 IMPACT: Your generosity has even greater power when facilitated by United Way.

Your gift is combined with other contributions, so together we can provide significant grants to qualified charitable organizations in our area.

A DONOR BILL OF RIGHTS Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:


To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.


To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given. IV. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. V.

To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Developed by: American Association of Fund Raising Council (AAFRC) Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

The Glenwood Springs office of Corey Johnson, DDS, inaugurated it’s Brighter Smiles, Brighter Futures program by donating proceeds from tooth-whitening services in the first quarter of 2016 to United Way Battlement to the Bells.



Community Health Services, Inc. 2016 To optimize the health and well-being of the people of the Roaring Fork Valley through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the delivery of accessible preventive public health programs. To promote the 2-1-1 consumer-assistance dedicated phone and online resource.

Early Childhood Network 2015 Promotes the availability of quality, affordable early childhood education, and provides access to childcare information and resources for Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties. (970) 928-7111 • www.earlychildhoodnetwork.org

(970) 920-5420 • www.aspencommunityhealth.org

Early Learning Fund/Raising a Reader 2015 & 2016

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) 2015 Acts as a valuable clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Garfield County for seniors and is a catalyst for developing a new corps of professional volunteers. (970) 947-8462 • www.highcountryrsvp.org

River Center (New Castle) 2015 Focuses on emergency assistance, and outreach to Latinos, seniors and schools and houses the local Lift-Up food bank. (970) 984-4333 • www.rivercenternewcastle.org

Senior Matters 2016 Fosters diverse educational and social programs for people aged 60+ in Carbondale and surrounding communities. (970) 945-7094 • www.seniorsmatter.org

From Aspen to Parachute, the Early Learning Fund supports quality educational, outreach, mentoring and collaborative programs that focus on early childhood development and family involvement. (970) 379-0950 • www.rar4kids.org English in Action 2015 Helps adults learn to read, write and speak English and by building cross-cultural relationships; offers one-on-one tutoring, weekly drop-in classes and specialized workshops designed to help students overcome obstacles to learning English. (970) 963-9200 • www.englishinaction.org

Gateway Program (Go2Work) 2016 This Colorado Mountain College-supported training and education program meets the needs of the community for preparation for employment and job training. (970) 384-8523 • www.coloradomtn.edu/ partnerships/go2work_programs

Literacy Outreach 2015 & 2016 Professionally trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with an adult student with literacy skills below the 4th grade level. (970) 945-5282 • www.LiteracyOutreach.org

Preschool on Wheels 2015 & 2016 This Aspen Community Foundation program operates two mobile “Gus the Bus” preschools that 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

Reach Out and Read 2015 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. (970) 694-7301 • www.reachoutandread.org

YouthEntity 2016 Engages and empowers youth to discover their potential by providing real-world learning experiences that prepare youth for future success. (970) 963-4055 • www.youthentity.org

HEALTH & SAFETY Advocate Safehouse Project 2015 & 2016 Offers comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in Garfield County. (970) 945-2632 • www.advocatesafehouse.org Alpine Legal Services 2015 & 2016 Lends legal assistance, information and education, on a sliding-scale payment arrangement, to clients in need. (970) 945-8858 • www.alpinelegalservices.com

Aspen Hope Center 2015 Staffed by professionals trained in psychiatric emergencies; specializes in suicide crisis prevention and intervention, stabilization and recovery, as well as community outreach. (970) 925-5858 • www.aspenhopecenter.org

Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance 2015 & 2016

Promotes dental health through education and prevention, and provides access to all residents from Aspen to Parachute. (970) 989-3913 • www.mygreatteeth.org

Buddy Program 2015 & 2016 Empowers youth in the Roaring Fork Valley community to achieve their full potential through mentoring experiences including one-on-one mentoring, group/experiential mentoring, and financial literacy education, as well as in areas of self-esteem, decision making, academics and relationships with friends and family. (970) 927-1001 • www.buddyprogram.org

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth) 2015 Provides court appointed advocates to abused and neglected children in Colorado’s Ninth Judicial District (Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties). (970) 907-4332 • www.casaoftheninth.org

Family Visitor Programs 2015 & 2016 Works with families during pregnancy and continues counseling and involvement through the baby’s first year via in-home visits. (970) 945-1234 • www.familyvisitor.org

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley 2016 Provides caring, practical and high-quality non-medical support services that feel deeply personal to each individual who is facing a life-threatening illness or is grieving the death of a family member or loved one. (970) 927-6650 • www.hchotv.org

Mind Springs Mental Health 2015 & 2016 Provides a broad array of mental health and substance abuse services including detox, residential and outpatient services. (970) 945-2583 • www.mindspringshealth.org Mountain Family Health Centers 2016 To provide high quality, integrated primary, behavioral, and dental health care in the communities we serve, with special consideration for the medical underserved, regardless of ability to pay. (970) 945-2840 • www.mountainfamily.org

Mountain Valley Developmental Services 2015 & 2016

Encourages and supports individuals with developmental disabilities to enhance their ability to live, learn and work in an independent and inclusive manner. (970) 945-2306 • www.mtnvalley.org

Pathfinders 2015 Improves 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. (970) 925-1225 • www.pathfindersforcancer.org

Planned Parenthood 2015 Provides affordable and confidential, reproductive health care that includes education, family planning services, screening for breast and cervical cancers, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. (970) 945-8631 • www.pprm.org

River Bridge Regional Center 2015 & 2016 Child abuse victims and their families are provided collaborative services in a supportive environment that reduces trauma and promotes dignity, justice and healing. The center also offers community-based child abuse prevention and education. (970) 945-5195 • www.riverbridgerc.org

WindWalkers 2015 A therapeutic riding center with a familycentered approach that strives to improve the physical well-being, behavioral development, and emotional health of clients and families using horses to enhance lives. (970) 963-2909 • www.windwalkerstrc.org

YouthZone 2015 & 2016 Is dedicated to providing opportunities for all youth to be responsible, contributing members of society through prevention, advocacy and direct services. (970) 945-9300 • www.youthzone.com

SELF RELIANCE Catholic Charities 2015 & 2016 Offers local non-denominational programs including emergency financial assistance, family transitional housing, immigration services, and immigrant community advocacy for clients.

The Salvation Army 2015 & 2016 Meets basic human needs through financial assistance and helps in cases of individual and large-scale emergencies and local disasters, without discrimination. (970) 945-6976 • www.salvationarmy.org

(970) 384-2060 • www.facebook.com/ ccwesternslope

Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District 2015 & 2016 Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs resource offices connect families, schools and communities to improve student health and academic achievement. (970) 384-5697 • frc.rfsd.k12.co.us

Feed My Sheep 2015 Established in 2003, Feed My Sheep serves the local homeless population with a Day Center and a winter overnight shelter. (970) 928-8340 • www.feedmysheephomelessministry.org LIFT-UP 2015 & 2016 Dedicated to giving emergency services through food pantries and soup kitchens, LIFT-UP meets the social and humanitarian needs created by unemployment, under employment and poverty in the Garfield County area. (970) 945-2005/625-4888 • www.liftup.org

If you know of someone who needs assistance, you can call 2-1-1 or go online to Western Colorado 2-1-1, www.wc211.org. United Way offices across the country either help sponsor or run 2-1-1 operations for their service areas.

GET CONNECTED PROGRAMS In addition to annual grants that your local United Way provides to nonprofit organizations serving our region, United Way Battlement to the Bells offers local residents the opportunity to Get Connected with their community. Looking for a volunteer experience – a one-time event or a longer-term relationship with a local charity – but want a project that fits your interests? Go to www.uniteswaybb.org and sign up as a Volunteer on the free Get Connected link. Check the boxes for types of volunteer activities that interest you. When your interests match those of a nonprofit organization’s, you’ll be instantly and electronically linked and, shortly after that, contacted by the charity that would love your help.

KDNK “Get Connected” Radio Show In mid-2015, United Way Battlement to the Bells kicked off a half-hour public-affairs show on local KDNK Community Radio. The program airs the first Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m., though people can listen to the show online, anytime, at kdnk.org/publicaffairs. The program lineup of guests interviewed by United Way Battlement to the Bells Executive Director Amy Barr includes local nonprofit representatives who not only discuss their own charitable organizations, but also cover important information related to sound nonprofit management, vital donor information, and the missions that drive charities in our service area. The program also includes announcements about opportunities for listeners to get involved in charitable volunteer activities, with more, detailed information available about a host of nonprofit organizations on UWBB’s Get Connected interactive website pages.

United Way Battlement to the Bells Executive Director Amy Barr (front left) interviews Executive Director Stacy Stein (back) of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. Traci Gurley (right), United Way Battlement to the Bells board member, records communityvolunteer announcements for UWBB’s monthly Get Connected program, which airs the first Thursday of every month on KDNK Community Radio.

SKIER APPRECIATION DAY Skier Appreciation Day Celebrates “the King” The 31st Annual Skier Appreciation Day, held on January 8, 2016, again brought in the crowds and a hefty, donated Sunlight Mountain Resort lift-ticket total for the day. Elvis, who would have turned 81 that day, and his many fans from Battlement to the Bells flocked to Sunlight on a day when the snow was near perfect. The themed “King of the Hill” après-ski acelebration included the ever-popular costume party, with the winner capturing a 2017 season ticket. All lift tickets were just $20 each, and drawing prizes included skis, a snowboard, and many offerings from local merchants. Phil Long, retired senior sales representative for the local offices of United Industries, one of Western Colorado’s leading construction and materials supply companies, has co-sponsored the event for more than three decades. Since the event was launched in 1986, Long and Sunlight Mountain Resort General Manager Tom Jankovsky have promoted the fun-filled day as a way to give back to their community. More than $200,000 later, the annual party day continues. Skier Appreciation Day 2017, the signature fundraiser for United Way Battlement to the Bells, will be held on Friday, January 6 and will celebrate Sunlight Mountain Resort’s 50th Anniversary. Attendees at the annual celebration will be rockin’ to tunes from the ’70s.



Local Employees

Local Employees & Company Matching Funds

Balcomb & Green, PC Company Donation

United Way Of Greater Kansas City

CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation

Designations from Local H&R Block Employees

Local Employees

Comcast Foundation

UPS Local Employees & Company Matching Funds

Local Employees

Glenwood Medical Associates Company Donation

City Market/Kroger Local Employees

Nancy Schneider and John Schneider Foundation PepsiCo Silicon Valley Community Foundation Phil Long, United Companies (formerly Lafarge) Company Manager’s Support

Sunlight Mountain Resort Annual Event Sponsorship

INCOME Contributions 83 Events 10 Government Grants 7 Interest 0

Designations from Local Comcast Employees

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Federal Express

*As submitted May 2016 on IRS Form 990

United Way Of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

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Walmart Local Employees & Company Matching Funds

Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Local Employees

Williams WPC-I, Inc.


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WPX Energy Services Company LLC Local Employees & Company Matching Funds

Xcel Energy Local Employees & Company Matching Funds

XTO Energy Inc. Company Donation, Get Connected Sponsorship

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