Community Connections: LiftUp serves community 21 years |

Community Connections: LiftUp serves community 21 years

Sue Fegelein/For Steamboat Pilot & Today

Did you know that when you visit LiftUp to drop off your gently used items in the donation center or shop in the thrift store, you are helping to serve almost 10 percent of Routt County's residents?

LiftUp is dedicated to meeting basic human needs while promoting personal growth and self-sufficiency. LiftUp's community support programs strive to stabilize community members who are in crisis and to support people who are motivated to move out of poverty. LiftUp's philosophy is to serve clients in a nonjudgmental atmosphere and demonstrate compassionate care, respecting the dignity of every person.

LiftUp's Community Support Programs include the following.

Food assistance: LiftUp distributes more than 100 tons of food annually to 2,000 low-income residents through its food banks in Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

Community garden: LiftUp is developing a community garden in conjunction with local growers, Colorado State University Extension Master Gardeners and clients to teach those who wish to learn, provide facilities for those who wish to grow and provide fresh vegetables for distribution to LiftUp clients.

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Rocket Pack: LiftUp provides healthy school snacks and summer lunches to Routt County children.

Governmental commodities boxes: LiftUp distributes 2,000 commodities boxes of food annually.

Health care assistance: LiftUp assists clients who cannot afford medical emergencies.

Housing assistance: LiftUp helps clients remain current on their rent or mortgage payments.

Transient assistance: LiftUp assists transients with food and transportation.

Community Care Fund: LiftUp assists clients with emergency transportation, eye care and dental needs.

Utility assistance: LiftUp helps clients remain current on their utility bills.

Hope for the Future scholarship: LiftUp offers scholarships to low-income, nontraditional students.

Power Up: LiftUp's Power Up coach, Angela Mackey, in conjunction with other human service agencies, helps program participants develop the skills and traits necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Clothing: LiftUp provides clients with vouchers to shop in the thrift Store.

Though the thrift store, grants, donors and government funds provide most of the funds for LiftUp's programs, we still need the support of community members. To help your Routt county neighbors through LiftUp, you can do any of the following.


• Two generous community members offered to match $60,000 toward our capital campaign. With $200,000 to go, we would love to reach our goal.

• Donate funds for general use or to a specified program. To learn more, visit

• Donate gently used clothing and housewares through our donation center, 2125 Curve Drive in Steamboat, Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday. The donation center is closed Thursdays in order to sort the many donations we receive, but the thrift store and food bank are open.

• Support our Adopt A Shelf program, donate produce at a ProDo drive (the next drive is set for May 27 at City Market), donate food or personal items to the food bank or organize a food drive.

• Grow a row. Please consider growing a row for LiftUp as you prepare your garden.

• Bring cans of food to LiftUp's booth at the Steamboat Free Concert Series this summer.


LiftUp depends on, and is grateful for, many amazing volunteers. LiftUp needs volunteers in the donation center, thrift store and food bank, as well as a dedicated volunteer to pick up food locally on Mondays. Visit, or call Kristyn at 970-870-0727 for more information.


Our thrift store helps fund our community support programs, or find LiftUp on eBay at under hopelurc.

Whether it's the donation center, the thrift store, or any of our community support programs, LiftUp is the place to go when you're in need. Call LiftUp at 970-870-0727, or learn more at

Sue Fegelein is executive director of LiftUp of Routt County.