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 2018, the Holiday Exchange Market served over 197 families (840 individuals,) serving as a 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.
We ask struggling families to participate in the Market either by volunteering for 2 hours or by donating $10.
2019 Mitten Board Locations:
Mountain Valley Bank – both North and South Steamboat branches
Bank of the San Juan’s – Steamboat and Oak Creek
Yampa Valley Bank
Bank of the west
Soda Creek Elem
Strawberry Park Elem
South Routt Elem
Play Garden child care
Community locations Steamboat:
UC Health cafeteria
UC Health cafe Joes
Heart of Steamboat Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Colorado Group Realty
United Way office
Oak Creek Post Office
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.
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.
Our biggest needs are donations of new winter boots and coats for children in all sizes, winter gloves and hats for adults, and gifts for teens such as; musical instruments, art supplies, Bluetooth speakers, and beanies with Bluetooth headphones. We are also collecting new children’s toys for all ages and multiple donations of $25 food gift cards from local grocery stores. We also need heavy duty garbage bags in black or green so kids can’t see what their parents picked out.
Please contact 970-879-5605 or email email@example.com if you have questions.
Thank you to our 2018 Corporate Sponsors:
Craig Scheckman Family Foundation
Colorado Group Realty
Young Professionals Network
Yampa Valley Bank
Colorado Mountain College
The Drunken Onion
Colorado Event Rentals
Recipients and all other community members: The Holiday Exchange Market works because everyone gives what they can. The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of so many generous volunteers. Click the blue volunteer button above to sign up for a volunteer position.
Thank you to our 2019 Holiday Exchange Market Planning Committee:
Irene Avitia, Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community
Zach Chelberg, Young Professional Network
Lib Diamond, 6 Point
Donna Downing, Heart of Steamboat Methodist Church
Sue Fegelein, LiftUp of Routt County
Sheila Henderson, Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community
Cole Hewitt, Yampa Valley Bank
Hannah Hoffman, Young Professional Network
Kelly Keith, Department of Human Services
Viviana Loya, Department of Human Services
Kate Nowak, Routt County United Way
Lynne Meyers, Tennis Center
Renzo Walton, Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community
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, such as adult hats or gloves, children’s boots or winter coats.
Each family also receives a grocery gift card to shop for their own food.