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Local Charities in Summit County We Are Proud to Support

We would like to highlight some of the local organizations that do an amazing job of making our area the very best place to live.  

Advocates for Victims of Assault

Founded in 1979, Advocates for Victims of Assault has grown to support victims of domestic violence as well as victims of sexual assault, accidents, death, and other trauma. The vision of Advocates for Victims of Assault is to help create a violence-free community in Summit County through safety, support, education, and accountability with the ultimate goal of eliminating violence in all forms and promoting peace throughout Summit County. SummitAdvocates.org

Blue River Horse Center

The purpose of BRHC is to serve our community by offering experiential programs with rescued horses building self-leadership skills in children and adults. Our vision is to transform lives through well-structured and safe human and equine interactions. BRHC is primarily an educational organization partnering people with horses for the betterment of mankind and horses. Our signature program - Leadership Awareness with Horses - promotes self-awareness and constructive decision-making. These types of experiential programs with horses have been shown to have a longer-lasting and deeper impact because of the horse’s positive effects on human behavior. Blueriverhorsecenter.org

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre enriches, educates and entertains Summit County children, residents, and visitors by letting them participate in and experience the joy of live theatre. Our passion is to inspire the entire community, from children to adults, to embrace the performing arts and to expand its involvement with the theatre. Backstagetheatre.org

Breckenridge Film Fest

The Breck Film Fest celebrates its 39th year this September 19-22, 2019! From the festival that brought the world Shawshank Redemption, L.A. Confidential, and Kung Fu Panda, it’s no wonder USA Today lists the BFF in the Top 20 American Film Festivals. This year attendees are invited to explore Breckenridge through the eyes of film. With four screening locations across town, numerous parties, kids programs, fall colors, local vendors and casual 14ers right outside your door, the Breck Film Fest is a great experience everyone can enjoy. Outside of the organization’s annual festival the BFF is heavily involved in the community through its Summit Film Society and partnerships with local high schools, non-profits, the University of CO Denver, Colorado Film Office and Northern Music and Film initiatives. Breckfilm.org

Breckenridge Music

The Breckenridge Music Festival’s educational outreach program, Music In the Schools, offers students in Summit, Lake and Park counties classical and traditional performing arts experiences to expand and enrich the arts curriculum in the schools. Music In the Schools works to support arts education as a critical component of educational excellence for children pre-K through 12. Musical participation has been proven to nourish the creative process in learning and add to many creative problem-solving skills that transfer into all areas of learning and living. Arts enrichment familiarizes students with our cultural heritage in our various arts disciplines. Breckmusic.org

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s mission is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences. The BOEC serves nearly 2,700 participants for over 10,600 programs days in both its Adaptive Ski & Snowboard and Wilderness Programs each year.  BOEC.org

Building Hope Summit County

Building Hope Summit County is a community-wide initiative designed to create a more coordinate, effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma and improves access to care and support for everyone in Summit County. BuildingHopeSummit.org

CASA of the Continental Divide

CASA of the Continental Divide provides trained advocates who become the voice of the child in dependency and neglect cases. CASA Advocates work with youth in the worst of the worst life situations. They get to know the child, their family history, meet with care givers, teachers and counselors, coaches, anyone who can give insight into the child's well being and the best path for a healthy and happy future. CASA.org

Continental Divide Land Trust

The Continental Divide Land Trust permanently preserves and protects irreplaceable natural areas in and around Summit County for current and future generations, through land preservation agreements, acquisition, and public education.  CDLT.org

Carriage House Early Learning Center

Carriage House is dedicated to fostering intellectual, social/emotional and physical development in a high quality early childhood setting; building meaningful relationships with families and our community, honoring childhood, and inspiring life-long learners that have a sense of global responsibility. Carriagehousebreckenridge

The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect’s mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education. In November of 2010, Donelson Coaching set out to create an opportunity for local young women with the idea that committed and driven kids should be able to participate in a sport we are so passionate about, no matter what their background.  They rode bikes while building self-esteem, improving their fitness, and learning about nutritional opportunities. They received top of the line mountain bikes and equipment, were trained by professional coaches, and competed in race events throughout Eagle County and beyond.  Mountain biking provided the means of these girls to escape the stresses of high-school life and teach life-long skills. Thecycleeffect.org

Domus Pacis

Domus Pacis is Latin for House of Peace Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish. The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Breckenridge, Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. Our goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together. The Domus Pacis Family Respite program relies on the use of donated resort homes, as well as the giving nature of volunteers. The Board of Directors designated Summit County in Colorado as the initial respite community; the hosting of families began in June, 2008. Domus Pacis Facebook Page

Education Foundation of the Summit

The Education Foundation of the Summit is a nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to supporting the public school students and teachers in Summit County. Founded in 2010, the foundation has expanded its support of public school teachers and students in Summit to include Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Awards each year, partnership and grants to school PTAs, scholarships to high school seniors, and collaboration with schools and community groups to increase opportunities for students. EFSummit.org

Far View Horse Rescue

Far View Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing shelter, care, rehabilitation, and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted equine animals. FVHRR is committed to reducing the number of unwanted horses, including American Mustangs, by providing community resources through equine education, information, and referral services. Farviewhorserescue.com

Father Dyer Food Pantry

The goal of the Father Dyer Food Pantry is to provide a resource for the homeless, the unemployed, the disabled, the low-income employed, itinerant workers, individuals and families without regard to race, religion or financial status. The objective is to reduce the stress of daily living for these individuals and families. It has enabled many minimally employed to survive the frequent fluctuations of their paychecks.  In 2019, the amount of food distributed through the Food Pantry weighed 43,952 lbs. and the average number of people served was 433 per month.  The program is run entirely by volunteers.  It is accessible every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am until Noon. Father Dyer

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC)

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), originally named the Summit County Family Resource Center (FRC), started serving Summit County, Colorado, in 1993 out of community necessity for more localized assistance. At the time, childcare and parent effectiveness were identified as major challenges facing Colorado residents. As a result, the State provided partial funding for “Family Centers” with missions to address these and related issues; the funds provided helped kick-start the FRC. In 1995, the FRC opened the Summit Thrift & Treasure store, the only nonprofit thrift store in the county. The thrift store opened in order to provide affordable clothing to Summit County residents and strengthen FRC’s financial stability. FIRC works to strengthen families through education and financial resources. We believe strong sustainable families are the key to a strong and healthy community. SummitFIRC.org

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

The stunning beauty of the high-mountain environment, along with an amazing variety of hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities, is the reason why many locals call Summit County home. Our diverse outdoor activities also draw in about 4.5 million visitors from throughout Colorado, the United States and around the globe. Friends of the Dillon Ranger District leverages the power of volunteers to make sure the National Forest lands enjoyed by millions of people each year are not negatively impacted by their popularity. Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

High Country Conservation Center

Our mission is to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community. In 2006, the Summit County Government institutionalized the nonprofit’s recycling operations into a stable government department. To formalize this change, SRP changed its name to the High Country Conservation Center (HC3) in January 2006. After careful thought, the organization’s board and staff realized that even with this significant shift in recycling operations, our work is not done and our mission is not complete. In fact, this change gave us the perfect opportunity to do more work on waste reduction education and more formally address other resource conservation issues. Our current focus areas include waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, and sustainable food production. Just a few of our programs include Composting in the Schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs. High Country Conservation

Keystone Science School

Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship.  We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate nonbiased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor. Keystone Science School

Lake Dillon Theatre Company

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company strives for high quality entertainment and educational opportunities for their guests and residents, as well as giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. Through donations of time, entertainment packages, and merchandise, the theatre also provides tuition scholarships to at least one graduating senior planning to major in the performing arts. The L.D.T.C. believes the performing arts are an important part of any community and can serve as a tool for enhancing the community through awareness and education. Lake Dillon Theatre Company

League for Animals and People of Summit County (LAPS)

Proudly serving Summit County, Colorado since 1990, the League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.) is a registered 501 C-3 non-profit #84-1157625. LAPS raises funds to support a variety of assistance programs for companion animals of low income families living or working in Summit County, Colorado. While not directly associated with the Summit County Animal Shelter, L.A.P.S. does support their spay/neuter program with a generous grant from The Summit Foundation. LAPS also sponsors a discount voucher for spay/neutering that can be picked up at the County Animal Shelter in Frisco. SummitLAPS.org

Mountain Top Explorium - Children's Museum

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum, Inc. is an educational institution that promotes informal learning through interactive exhibits and programs, imaginative play and engagement in active experiences for children ages 10 and under and their families and caregivers. Mountain Top Children’s Museum was founded in the fall of 2001. Starting in January 2004 through present day, the Museum is open with exhibits, offering a variety of activities and experiences. The Museum is currently located in the Village at Breckenridge in a donated space provided by Breckenridge Ski Resort/Vail Resorts. Mountaintopbreck.org

The National Repertory Orchestra

Our Mission is to Change Lives Through Music! The National Repertory Orchestra is a preeminent intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers while providing the highest-level of musical experience for all stakeholders.  We pride ourselves on Changing Lives Through Music! Founded in 1960 as the Blue Jeans Symphony in Estes Park, CO, the orchestra moved to Evergreen, CO in 1966 and changed its name to the Colorado Philharmonic. In 1986, the orchestra relocated to Keystone Resort and changed its name to the National Repertory Orchestra in an effort to better recognize the national/international make-up of its musicians. In 1993, the Town of Breckenridge invited the orchestra to perform in the new Riverwalk Center, now NRO’s summer residence. nromusic.org

Smart Bellies

Smart Bellies is a nonprofit organization in Summit County, CO providing children with backpacks full of nutritious food every Friday to enjoy on the weekends. Smart Bellies Backpack Food Program

SOS Outreach

Here at SOS Outreach, we do one thing — help kids gear up for life. Grounded in outdoor experiences, our program ignites a passion for adventure, inspires the courage to try something new, and instills lifelong lessons and skills in our kids. It starts with gearing up for all the mountains have to offer, but in these moments we’re not just teaching kids to snowboard, ski, hike, climb, and camp. Our kids learn to connect with their peers, mentors and community, all of which help them discover an unknown side of themselves - a side that can do anything, especially overcome their circumstances and come out on top. Our goal is to inspire our kids with a sense of purpose, ultimately preparing them with the unique skills and strengths to contribute to the world beyond themselves. SOSoutreach.org

Summit Community Care Clinic

Summit Community Care Clinic is the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Colorado. We offer high-quality primary care, oral health, behavioral health, and reproductive health services to the medically underserved at an affordable cost. We have been recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for our integrated care model, and for the high quality of care that we provide. Care Clinic patients come from diverse backgrounds and income levels. Among the Care Clinic clientele are construction workers, teachers, realtors, retirees, chefs, ski instructors, lawyers, and college students. Summit Community Care Clinic

Summit County Preschool

Summit County Preschool is a non-profit, private preschool. Their mission is to provide the community with the highest quality early education and care for children age 2 through 5 years. SCP staff use The Creative Curriculum and GOLD assessments for all age groups as a resource for all classrooms. Our curriculum goals focus on the skills, understanding, and attitudes young children need to develop. SummitCountyPreschool.com

Summit County Rescue Group

The Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit search and rescue organization that responds to backcountry emergencies in all weather conditions and all times of the year. In 2017 they dedicated approximately 5,400 man hours responding to calls for assistance, and more than 7,000 man hours in training. SCRG depends on grants and donations for training, equipment and to cover expenses. scrg.org

Summit County Youth

The purpose of Summit County Youth is simple. They want to create an environment where they can mentor students to live big and love better. Whether through their home life, school life, friend life, or extracurricular life, they want to bring together what it means to be a whole human to the conversation. They want to encourage students to live authentically and to truly embrace who they were created to be. theSCY.com

Summit Habitat for Humanity

At Summit Habitat for Humanity we believe in the power of a safe, stable home. Through collaboration, volunteerism, and advocacy we invest in the outcomes that expand stable, accessible housing, and homeownership for those working to lay down roots in our communities. In all that we do, we strive to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through addressing homeownership and expanding housing accessibility across our rural mountain region. Join us as we build stronger communities together! SummitHabitat.org

The Summit Foundation

Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in our mountain areas. The Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships, and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding communities) that foster Health & Human Service, Education, Art & Culture, Sports & Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship. Over $2 million in grants are annually distributed to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations and over 100 college scholarships are awarded to local graduating seniors. In 2013, The Foundation created the Youth Giving Council, which teaches high school students about philanthropy and is allowing them to participate in a grant awards process. The Summit Foundation

Summit Concert Band

The Summit Concert Band is a community-based group focused on providing quality entertainment at events throughout Summit County and the central Colorado mountain region. summitconcertband.org

Summit Historical Society

Summit Historical Society has a proud past and bright future...we are passionate about telling the stories of Summit County, Colorado through our sites and artifacts, programs and events. Established in 1966, the mission of the Summit Historical Society is to preserve and collect, provide education and interpretation, and engage our community in the history of Summit County, Colorado. SummitHistorical.org

Summit Lost Pet Rescue

Summit Lost Pet Rescue is an animal protection and welfare organization devoted to educating the public about lost pet prevention, finding lost pets in Summit County Colorado and reuniting them with their owners. We are 100% donation & grant-based and donations go directly toward resources and supplies to help find lost pets. LostPetRescue.org

Summit Nordic Ski Club

The primary mission of the Summit Nordic Ski Club is to provide the youth of Summit County with a well-balanced ski racing program including fitness, self-esteem, and character building through training and competition within a nurturing environment.  The Club will educate our youth about values of sports, healthy competition, individual effort and team spirit. SNSC participates in the Rocky Mountain Nordic Club (RMN) and observes the rules sanctioned by RMN. SNSC values healthy competition, individual effort and team spirit. SNSC.org

Timberline Learning Center

TLC supports our mountain community by providing families with quality early childhood education in a safe environment through a celebration of diversity, meaningful relationships and respect for our natural surroundings. timberlinelearningcenter.com

Timberline Adult Day Services

Timberline Adult Day Services' mission is to assist and enhance the lives of individuals with cognitive, emotional or physical challenges through specialized adult day services, education and socialization with respite care for families and caregivers. Timberlineadultday.com

Trout Unlimited - Gore Range Chapter

Trout Unlimited is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU staff and volunteers work from coast to coast to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout and salmon habitat on behalf of today's anglers and coming generations of sportsmen and women who value the connection between healthy, intact habitat and angling opportunity. Gorerangeanglers.tu.org

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