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CREATING OPPORTUNITIES GROWING FUTURES

Dear InteGreat! Friends,

The last few years of InteGreat! are reminiscent of the Stone Soup folktale, a story in which hungry travelers convince villagers to
each share a small amount of their food to make a delicious meal for everyone. Like InteGreat!, this is a story of shared resources –
of creating something sustainable out of nothing but generosity. It is success based on personal sacrifice for the common good.
Since 2015, the most public demonstration of InteGreat!’s work has been the Summer Lunch program. It was a serious need
— 150,000 missing meals each summer for our most vulnerable kids and families — and it had a solution. In year two of Summer
Lunch, multi-sector entities gave time, resources, or sweat-equity to bridge this gap. $175,000 of in-kind resources boosted
grant funds allowing children from Red Cliff to Gypsum to receive the nutrition and fun they needed. In 2017, InteGreat! now
looks to multiple strategies beyond direct service to reduce food insecurity and increase healthy food access for all our children
and families. This is how collective impact is born and nurtured.
Food is only one item on InteGreat!’s plate. From data dashboards to Neighborhood Navigators, our mission is to create
a more effective community system: a community which puts the needs of our most vulnerable members in the center and
wraps itself around them so seamlessly that anyone with any need can walk in any door and receive the help that allows them to
grow, thrive, and dream. We want all our children to be successful. And to make that happen, we must engage families, share
knowledge, align systems and resources, and increase access to quality opportunities. I invite you to join us. You, my neighbor,
are InteGreat! You — the parent, the child, the student, the worker, the director, the teacher, the native Spanish speaker, the
Colorado home-grown. Your personal experience can move the needle. So from now on — when you see or hear or read
InteGreat! look in the mirror, Eagle County — for there is an empty chair always open and always waiting for you at the table.

Sara B. Amberg, InteGreat! Strategic Director

AWA RD S

Summer Job Hunt Recognition AmeriCorps National
Eagle County USDA Regional Office
from the Governor of Colorado Civilian Community Corps
Public Health recognition for Summer
and the Colorado Department Sponsor of the Round for
Champion Food Service Program
of Labor and Employment the Southwest Region
PLACED BASED
“I have seen changes in my
community with InteGreat! As a
navigator, we have addressed
one of the biggest needs in my
community – a bus for Doter so. As
a member of this community, I will
work with InteGreat! to realize the
dreams of many people who need
transportation, but more importantly,
who feel they have been left behind.”
Norma Gurrola,
Neighborhood Navigator, Dotsero

N EI GHBORH OOD NAVIGATO RS
These community-identified leaders help their neighbors, with the support of InteGreat!’s network of professionals
and mentors in the field. Navigators identify needs, connect people to resources, and lead projects that create
change. InteGreat! and its partners rally around the goals, both financially and through advocacy; while maintaining
neighborhood autonomy. To build community, we must honor the dreams of our residents.

InteGreat! currently supports four navigators in the areas of Edwards, Eagle, Dotsero, and Avon.
Since their positions began, the following accomplishments have been noted:
» Advocacy has brought ECO Transit bus service to Dotsero after 6 year hiatus
» Water quality concerns are spotlighted
» A Spanish-speaking support group was created to benefit families with loved ones struggling with addiction,
the first of its kind in Eagle County
» Women find a pathway for economic independence
» Families in crisis are connected to resources
» Communities learn about the diversity of their neighbors
» Multiple organizations have aligned resources to help fund navigator activities
I N N O VAT I O N 2014-2017

S UM M E R FOOD COMMUN I T I E S
InteGreat!’s Summer Lunch works with partners to provide relief for
families struggling to put food on the table, while also increasing
access to fresh food through the federal Summer Food Service Program 2015
(SFSP). All of our sites are qualified as high-need by the USDA and
Colorado Department of Education, making them “open” so any child
under 18 can access a fresh, healthy lunch – no questions asked. But
7,500
Summer Lunch is more than a meal. InteGreat! also provides up to three summer meals for
hours of enrichment activities at no cost to families. one month at three
open sites in Gypsum,
“I saw change in my own life by treating everyone with
Edwards, and Avon.
kindness and respect, no matter their background. I 102 volunteers.
think that the students and definitely the volunteers
that I worked with could easily say the same thing.
When working with so many different people who are
so beautifully unique in their own special ways, it is 2016
hard to not become a more accepting person. My
overall vision of others different from myself, whether
that be of race, economic status or language the
speak, has broadened and I’ve lost all judgement.” 15,243
Anabel Johnson, Summer intern summer meals for ten
weeks at nine open
sites, spanning over fifty
miles from Red Cliff to
Gypsum. 202 volunteers,
including 13 businesses
and organization staff.

The percentage
of Headstart/CPP
children at risk of
HUNGER HAS
DROPPED BY
24 PERCENT
since Summer Lunch
first began.
ALIGNING SYSTEMS

“With I n te G re at! , I a m
s e e in g h o w to au t h en -
tic ally b u ild tru st w i t h
c o m m u n ity, h o w to u s e
p ro g ram s to le ad t o
s y s te m s c h an g e , a n d
h o w to o p e rate w i t h
v alu e s o f e q u ity. ”
K a tie H a a s, Healthy Communities
Coalition Supervisor, Eagle County

D ATA SHA RING
The Data Centralization project was completed in February 2017, with the assistance of Eagle County Plan 4 Health
and the United Way Eagle River Valley. The project is Phase One of four phases of the Eagle County Data Dashboard
(InGear) – a community effort to develop a county-wide dashboard of shared measures, a website not only to share
data across organizations, but also to collaboratively track longitudinal data. The project will align 100 non-profit,
government, and private entities in a collective effort to move inputs to outcomes and build a community system that
effectively supports health and learning for all children and families.
The ECDD that will be realized in every phase of the project:
» Increased trust within the community among agencies and the public
» Identification and targeting of the most underserved populations
» Increased cohesive coordination that effectively serves the most vulnerable
populations noted by measurable changes in community health indicators
AND RESOURCES 2014-2017

H EALTHY SCH OOLS COMP RE HE N SI VE P L A N
To empower our community to champion systemic change, we must understand the needs of children and youth,
the lack of resources that exist, and the impact programs and services have on our children and youth. As a means to
this goal, InteGreat! is working with partners to develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan that specifically
addresses the wrap-around needs for improved nutrition, physical activity, health services, and prevention
and behavioral health needs. The process will conclude in March 2018 and allow the community to access
implementation funds. Current accomplishments related to the plan include:
» Presentation and discussion of Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) data in Spanish
» Correlated examination of HKCS results across multiple planes
» Analysis of multiple years of Headstart health assessments
» Cafeteria and playground observations
» CDC Healthy School Assessment module application
» Nutrition analysis of Eagle County Schools menu
» Engagement of “front-line” workers and nonprofit organizations in the planning process

“ A l l t h a t I n t e G re a t ! h a s d o n e , a n d i s d o i n g , h a s m a d e m e
see many changes at the community level. Summer lunches
helped bring families together and allowed kids to be in a
s a f e e n v i ro n m e n t a n d w e l l - f e d . T h i s w a s a c h a l l e n g e t h a t
t h e o r g a n i z a t i o n h e l p e d t h e c o m m u n i t y o v e rc o m e , w i t h i n
t w o d i f f e re n t c u l t u re s . T h e c re a t i o n o f n e w N e i g h b o r h o o d
Navigator positions helped the community achieve important
p ro g re s s . T h e s e w o m e n c o n t i n u e t o l i s t e n t o t h e n e e d s o f
p e o p l e i n t h e d i f f e re n t n e i g h b o r h o o d s t o d a y a n d e v e r y d a y.
N e v e r t h e l e s s , I t h i n k t h e re i s s t i l l a l o t o f w o r k t o d o a n d t h a t w e
a t I n t e G re a t ! a v e r y i m p o r t a n t o r g a n i z a t i o n f o r o u r c o m m u n i t y. “

Maria Julieta Cavallo, Community Leader, Second Grade Teacher
POW E R O F P E O P L E

» Our Steering Committee leads and participates in the implementation and evolution of an annual Community
Action Plan recommended by the community coalition.

» Andrej Birjulin, Confluence Research and Training, “InteGreat! has been exceptional in
enabling and empowering leading
LLC, Edwards
organizations from various sectors to
» Nico Brown, VP Operations, Howard Head Sports Medicine identify and meet the needs of the most
» Maria Julieta Cavallo, Community Member, Eagle vulnerable populations in our community
» Susie Davis, Community Investment Director, by formulating feasible solutions through
Our Community Foundation strategic collaboration.  For example, the
summer foods program provides healthy
» Jason Glass, Superintendent of Eagle County Schools
meals to the poorest neighborhoods and
» Rebecca Kanaly, Executive Director, United Way Eagle River Valley has inspired the resort to be more engaged
» Melisa Rewold-Thuon, VP of Education, Vail Valley Foundation where it is most needed.  In addition,
» Chris Romer, President and CEO, Vail Valley Partnership through the neighborhood navigator
» Jill Sinding, Community Relations Director, U.S. Bank program, new community leaders have
emerged.  These leaders have given the
» Shelley Smith, Early Childhood Education Director,
most disparaged individuals and families
Eagle County Schools a “voice” and a connection.  They
» Michelle Stecher, Executive Director, Eagle River have set an example for their peers and
Youth Coalition inspired both civic action and advocacy.”
» Gina Van Hekken, Grants Manager and GOCO Inspire Rebecca Kanaly, Executive Director,
Iniative Director, Walking Mountains Science Center United Way Eagle River Valley

» Our Backbone Organization is Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC). Also an InteGreat! member, ERYC guides
the administrative and financial operations of our efforts. ERYC’s vision is to strengthen community collaboration to
enable youth to reach their full potential is a compliment to the goals of InteGreat!

» Our Community Coalition is comprised of individual community members and agency representatives.
The work of the coalition take place in groups of Family and Youth Engagement, Data Sharing, Summer Food
Communities, Marketing, and Finance. Organizations represented in this work include:

Various Community Members: Avon, Edwards, Eagle, Gypsum, Dotsero; Our Community Foundation; VVMC/
Howard Head Sports Medicine; U.S. Bank Eagle County Schools; GOCO Inspire Iniative, Walking Mountains
Science Center; Colorado State University Extension; YouthPower365; Eagle River Youth Coalition; Maternal & Child
Health, Eagle County; Vail Valley Salvation Army; United Way Eagle River Valley; Early Childhood Education; Literacy
Project; Healthy Communities Coalition, Eagle County; Vail Valley Partnership; AmeriCorps VISTA; AmeriCorps
National Civilian Community Corps; Eagle County Housing Authority; Economic Services, Eagle County; Food Bank
of the Rockies; Nutrition Services, Eagle County Schools; Emergency Food Rescue; Hunger-Free Colorado.

» Supporting Young Adults
InteGreat! began a partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor Workforce Center in Frisco. Through the
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program, we were able to host three interns over the summer. These interns
were all low-income, local youth who went on to continue their professional development through full-time jobs and
local college courses as a direct result of their internships with InteGreat!
InteGreat! partners with AmeriCorps to accomplish larger initiatives that serve to unite the community and place
a lens on the power of youth. In 2016, InteGreat! hosted its first National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). The
NCCC team, comprised of ten youth from around the country, worked on projects involving over 12 local agencies.
Their impact was far-reaching, inspiring local youth to apply to the national program.
InteGreat! has also established internships with Colorado Mountain College (CMC). Our first round of interns
through CMC began in January 2017. Students will receive course credit in Sustainability Studies and a stipend.
G RO W I N G

InteGreat! Income 2015, 2016

70%

53%

35%

18%

0%
In-Kind Contribution Partner Cash Contributions Grants Individual Donations

2015 2016

2015 2016
In-Kind Contribution 42% 63%
Partner Cash Contributions 45% 3%
Grants 12% 33%
Individual Donations 1% 1%

IN 2016, 37 PARTNERS FOR EVERY DOLLAR IN CASH, OUR
PROVIDED $220,000 COMMUNITY HAS DOUBLED IT WITH
OF IN-KIND DONATIONS. SWEAT-EQUITY AND RESOURCES.

OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, INTEGREAT! HAS EAGLE COUNTY SCHOOLS KICKED OFF
RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING FROM STATE AND INTEGREAT! REVENUE IN 2015 WITH
LOCAL FOUNDATIONS, INCLUDING COLORADO A DONATION OF $50,000. IN 2016,
HEALTH FOUNDATION, KAISER PERMANENTE, INTEGREAT! ORGANIZATIONS HAVE
VAIL VALLEY CARES AND WESTERN COLORADO CONTRIBUTED CASH TO SUPPORT
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. NEIGHBORHOOD NAVIGATORS.
TH ANK YO U TO O UR F UN D E RS

“I saw young adults seize an opportunity to turn
their volunteer experiences into paid internships.
All the young adults that took advantage of this
opportunity provided by InteGreat! and Workforce
Center programs absolutely flourished. They were
dedicated and engaged and made the most of
their internship. I am so grateful for InteGreat!
being not only a community advocate but
mentors for the young adults in the community.”

Katy Boothby, Colorado Workforce, Youth Programs

With InteGreat! I have seen many changes within my Hispanic community
and in my life. InteGreat! has improved the life of many Hispanic youth, by
giving them lunch during the summer. In my community, a majority of
parents work and it is hard for children to find something to eat if they
don’t know how to cook.
InteGreat! has also helped the Hispanic community by facilitating
the Spanish presentation of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)
results, a project of the Eagle River Youth Coalition.
The information had a great impact on the Hispanic community and
produced a lot of questions. Many programs are created to provide such
information, but even so, the Hispanic community has not always accessed it.
Thanks to InteGreat!, the Hispanic community has been included more in
the sharing of information. InteGreat! has also created a place where parents and
children can share and improve the nutrition of their sons and daughters.
Because of InteGreat! my life has changed in many ways. By being able to participate in this work, I
feel other parents have not only listened to my opinions but have taken into consideration my comments.
Many programs have been created for Hispanics in the past, but how many Hispanics are there to help and to
learn to identify those needs? None. At the first InteGreat! meetings, I was one of three or four Hispanic attendees,
but this number is growing. It is not about having half Hispanic attendees and half non-Hispanic attendees, but by
bringing in different Hispanics to learn about their needs.
It is important for me to help InteGreat! help my community. When I facilitated the HKCS presentation in Spanish, I not only
shared the data, but I listened for the first time as a mother, along with other parents, to information that I had never heard.
InteGreat! has given me the opportunity not only to help my community, but has also given me lots of information
through its programs. I am very grateful to be part of InteGreat!

Karely Duran, Founding Member of InteGreat!

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Physical Address:
US TO LEARN MORE 108 W 2nd St. Eagle, Colorado, 81631
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Email: samberg@eagleyouth.org or integreat@eagleyouth.org