Keeping kids warm

Posted on November 29, 2018

Eight-annual coat drive for kids

There are so many organizations that do good—but the only way they can do good is with passionate volunteers and strong-willed staff. This month’s difference maker is the Western Slope office of Catholic Charities. In November, just when the weather was changing and a chill settled in, they collected, cleaned and distributed almost hundreds of jackets to keep cold kids warm. That is just one aspect of all they do in addition to serve the most vulnerable in our community with a number of programs, including victim services, emergency assistance, wage theft cases (helping workers when their employers won’t pay them), housing fraud and mediation, and working with community partners to identify and address service gaps. Thee is also have an immigration attorney on staff.


How did it all start here? Just like many nonprofits in the area it seems—in the basement of the Vail Interfaith Chapel in 1995. As needs grow, as they always seem to, their service offerings grew too.

The eighth year of the coat drive just wrapped up in early November. Over those past eight years, more than 3,900 coats have been distributed. However, as Megan McGee Bonta, Community Integration Services for Catholic Charities, Western Slope Regional Office reminds us—it’s an event that comes together because of alliances and partnerships.

“We do the coat drive together with great community volunteers and partner organizations, including participating agencies on our Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance (including volunteers from all local law enforcement agencies and several YouthPower 365 Parent Mentor volunteers), the Knights of Columbus, the 4 Eagle Foundation, Colorado Sun and Ski, Mountain Recreation, and 1st Bank,” Megan says.

It’s more than a coat drive, though. Obviously, it helps keep children I Eagle County warm but families also receive important community information. “For example, each family that came through this year received information about signing up to receive EC Alerts,” Megan adds.
While the coat drive is a limited annual event, we are here to serve anyone in need year round (which also means we need volunteers as well!)  We can be reached at 970-949-0405.

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