Rout County United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. 
Since 1982, Routt County United Way has inspired, lead and united people, ideas and resources to advance community impact in education, income stability and health.
Learn more about how we are working together to fulfill our mission and realize our vision of Routt County:


To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community and uniting with our partners to succeed in key impact areas of early childhood education, youth success, financial stability and health and crisis services.


Routt County United Way is the collaborative community leader in health and human services.

Who we are

A catalyst for community impact

Routt County United Way lives at the intersection of the private, public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. We are community builders, leaders, unifiers and champions. We are connectors, and information and resource brokers. We inspire change in our community.

How we impact Routt County Communities

Programs and Grants

In 2015, Routt County United Way was responsible for $532,582 invested in Routt County through our grants and the programs we provide the community.

Routt County United Way Holiday Exchance Market

Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Routt County to Work Iniative (anti-poverty program)

Yampa Valley Volunteer Coordination Center

Routt County United Way Day of Caring

100% of donations stay in Routt County to improve lives for our residents.

Through grants, Routt County United Way supports more than 25 agencies and human service programs in Routt County. These agencies and programs help infants, the elderly, families, youth and those with special needs.

Any non-profit agency that addresses the human service needs of Routt County residents can apply for United Way funding.

Human Resource Coalition

Routt County United Way provides leadership support for the Human Resource Coalition, a network of health and human service professionals that work collectively to address community problems.

The coalition also assists Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs in allocating public funds where most needed.

Routt County United Way led the way to develop the first Routt County Health and Human Services Plan, identifying human service needs, priorities and goals based on data about our county.

Health & Human Service Plan

The first Routt County Health and Human Service Plan was published in 2011 and had a three year life. The enclosed is a revised, updated plan to include our accomplishments from the last three years and our goals for the next three years. We have divided the health and human service sector into five mission areas: basic needs, early childhood, youth services, community safety and health and behavioral health services. We included special populations such as English language learners, disabled or developmental
disabled, and our aging populations into all five mission areas.
Kate Nowak
Executive Director

Kate started with Routt County United Way in October 2013. Previously her 11 years of nonprofit work included Yampa Valley Data Partners and the International Erosion Control Association. Kate and her husband, Jim, have been in the Yampa Valley for 18+ years. Kate is passionate about serving people through United Way. contact kate >>

Amber DeLay
Program Manager

Amber joined Routt County United Way in February 2018 and is excited to contribute her passion for grant writing and helping people to the United Way organization and community programs. Amber grew up in the Yampa Valley and moved back to Steamboat in 2015 after graduating from Metropolitan State University in Denver. She lives in Oak Creek with her dog and likes spending time exploring outside, cooking for friends and family, or reading a good book. contact amber >>

Ashley McMurray
Marketing & Communications Consultant

Ashley began consulting with Routt County United Way in February 2015. She is delighted about putting her marketing and design skills to work to benefit RCUW and its beneficiaries. Ashley has lived in Routt County since 2004 and enjoys all it has to offer with her husband and three children. contact ashley >>