Letter: Living United in the Yampa Valley

The Yampa Valley is beautiful in so many ways. Our mountains and landscape, particularly now during autumn are breathtaking. From the United Way of the Yampa Valley’s (UWYV) perspective, it’s our people that make our valley beautiful. The acceptance, respect and honoring of who people are is what makes our community so special. Having a diverse community in the middle of the northwest Colorado mountains is what makes our valley unique. Whether you have lived here all your life or you just moved here, it’s the welcoming, friendly and accepting community that keeps us here.

The recent antisemitic incidents do not align with our community values. United Way of the Yampa Valley condemns these hate incidents, hate symbols and hate thoughts. Our local United Way unequivocally denounces racism and ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our community.

Our United Way strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create a more equitable Yampa Valley.

UWYV is working with STAND (Steamboat Team to combat Antisemitism and Discrimination) and will be offering community education in which we hope all will participate. Education, conversation and respectful dialogue will hopefully help to mitigate hateful ideology in our community. Stand with us, Live United.

Kate Nowak
Executive director of United Way of the Yampa Valley

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