The goal of Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market will be to bring together the entire community in sharing, so that all families can enjoy quality holiday gifts and meals no matter what their financial means. And all families can take pleasure in donating something to a common cause.
In 2016, the Holiday Exchange Market served over 164 families serving as critical need during a difficult time of year for so many.
The purpose of Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market is to assist struggling individuals and families in Routt County at a very tough time of year. Usually, this program comes at a time where many people have just squeaked through mud season and are living hand-to-mouth until the ski season starts. Some folks are hired early but their paycheck is not effective for two to three weeks after they start working. This time can be extremely tough.
But, rather than one-way giving as before, the goal of Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market will be to bring together the entire community in sharing, so that all families can enjoy quality holiday gifts and meals no matter what their financial means. And all families can take pleasure in donating something to a common cause.
How does the program work?
The program works by everyone involved donating something: volunteer time, new winter clothing, food cards, money or new toys.
Gift recipients are invited to participate by either volunteering somewhere in the community for 2 hours or making a $10 donation to the Market. There are many volunteer opportunities in our town or the recipient may choose to help at the Market. If a family member cannot volunteer for 2 hours, the family can donate $10 to the Market.
This way, everyone who participates also gives something to make it a success.
Individuals, churches, organizations and businesses donate all the new winter clothing, money, food cards and/or new toys to the Holiday Exchange Market.
How do I get involved?
Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market is going to take a community to make it happen. The easiest way to begin participating is to click the blue button. A small effort on your part will make someone’s holiday brighter.
We need are always accepting donations of new boots, gloves, socks, and snow pants in all different sizes for children and adults. We are also collecting new children’s coats in all sizes and multiple donations of $25 food gift cards from local grocery stores. We will need new toys for children. We also need heavy duty garbage bags in black or green so the kids can’t see what their parents picked out.
Please contact Ali at 970-879-5605 or email email@example.com if you have questions.
Recipients and all other community members: We will post volunteer opportunities once the holiday season gets closer.
If you have questions about United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market, please call our office at 970-879-5605 or email office@RouttCountyUnitedWay.org.
Who will be invited to “shop” at the Market?
Families or individuals in need are referred or invited by a Routt County Health and Human service agency to participate and “shop” in the Market. The names, sex and ages of each family member is recorded for shopping. One or two adult members of each family is invited to shop for a couple of items hat, snow pants, mittens or gloves, a pair of socks and winter boots for each family member.
Each family also receives a grocery gift card for free food.