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 2019, Routt County United Way invested $282,000 directly to health and human service agencies in Routt County. We also invested an additional $230,000 in programs directly benefiting our community’s health and human service needs. 

Day of Caring – Community volunteer day benefiting local nonprofits

Get Involved Routt County – volunteer platform where users are connected with volunteer opportunities in Routt County

Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Routt-To-Work (anti-poverty program)

Holiday Exchange Market


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.
Click Here to view the current Routt County Health and Human Service Plan
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 20+ years. Kate is passionate about serving people through United Way. Contact Kate >>

Chelsea McLean
Operations Manager

Chelsea joined the United Way in February of 2019. She brings with her a degree in Anthropology and years of experience as a Project Manager for a landscape architect. When not in the office you can find her wandering the trails with her two dogs, strapped to a snowboard, or attempting to keep her plants alive. Contact Chelsea >>

Karina Schwartznau
Marketing & Communications Manager

Karina is a University of Utah Marketing graduate. She began her marketing career in 2015 working with nonprofit strategic plans. She is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to the Routt County United Way team. Karina has lived in Routt County since 2018 and enjoys all the outdoor recreation it has to offer. Contact Karina>>