Most recent update: Friday, March 27, 2020
The world is facing a sudden and unprecedented crisis in the form of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. The virus has spread to nearly all corners of the globe, including here in the Roaring Fork Valley — forcing the closure of mountain operations on all four mountains, shutting hotels and restaurants, and disrupting life in nearly every way.

But one thing this virus cannot disrupt is our desire to look after each other: To volunteer in the safest and most impactful way. To donate what we can. To support local businesses who are suddenly on the verge of disappearing.

This situation is constantly evolving, but we want to share with you our resources to connect you with organizations and businesses in the valley that need your help today. Below is a running list of opportunities to volunteer (and more importantly, how), as well as organizations accepting donations and what exactly they need, and local businesses that are providing essential services to the fabric of our community that could use your support.

If you know of an opportunity that is not on our list, please contact Hannah Berman at hberman@aspensnowmass.com and we will update it as soon as possible. We are all in this together! #AspenTogether

Ways to Volunteer

Carbondale Neighbor to Neighbor

Get paired with a neighbor to help them get groceries, run errands, or just check in. Neighbors ask for what they need and you can offer what you have.
Contact: Ashley Weitzl, ashley@yogaash.com
When: through April
**If you need help, ask for it here.

Senior Center

You can deliver dry bags of food to seniors in Pitkin County. Gloves and a car are a must. Mask recommended. Meet at Pitkin County Senior Services (275 Castle Creek Road, Aspen). Pull up by the patio in front and the team will instruct you from there. Contact Mary ahead of time to let her know you are coming.
Contact: Patty Kravitz and Hannah Berman, hberman@aspensnowmass.com
When: Through April
Volunteers Needed: 2

Hunger Relief Organizations in Garfield County

Meal Monkey mobile lunches for kids in Garfield Re-2, LIFT-UP and/or senior meals.
Contact: 970-456-2804
When: Through April
Sign up here: Garfield County Volunteers

A Little Help

Community volunteers to grocery shop and pick-up prescriptions for older adults in the valley and deliver them, care calls to combat social isolation, snow shoveling.
Contact: 970-404-1923
When: Weekly calls to older adults, flexible timing to help with grocery or prescription runs
Volunteers Needed: Up to 20 (Glenwood Springs through Aspen, matched locally)

Aspen Valley Hospital

Medical volunteers needed in event of a surge in patients. Ski Patrol and other EMT/Paramedic certified folks, this is a good option for you.
Contact: Beverly Patera and Hannah Berman (include medical certifications in email)
When: As needed by Aspen Valley Hospital
Volunteers Needed: TBD

Aspen Family Connections

Helping families throughout the area with their food drive, drop and distribution.
Contact: 970-205-7025
When: March 27, 31 and April 1 from 11am–2pm
Volunteers Needed: Anywhere from 10 to 20

Food Bank of the Rockies

Make snacks, pull orders for families in need, inspect and clean items.
Contact: Kim Halladay, 970-464-1138
When: Every weekday, 8am–noon; 1pm–4pm
Volunteers Needed: Any number
Sign up here: foodbankrockies.volunteerhub.com/lp/westernslope/

Opportunities to Donate

You can practice social distancing and still help those in need by donating to any of the following causes. Right now, the greatest need is economic relief and food assistance in the valley, and these organizations provide effective help to those in need.

Food Bank of the Rockies – Western Slope

Hunger can be found everywhere – often where you least expect it. The homeless population represents only about 10% of our food recipients. The rest? Everyday people like low-wage workers, children, seniors on fixed incomes and individuals with health issues.

DONATE

Aspen Community Foundation

Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) has established the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to channel needed resources to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the Aspen to Parachute region. Monies raised will be disbursed to nonprofit organizations or government entities supporting access to appropriate healthcare and meeting essential human needs such as food access, rent and utilities assistance, and emergency services for individuals and families impacted by the virus.

DONATE

Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Denver (Western Slope)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver has been serving Colorado since 1927 through seven ministries: Early Childhood Education, Shelter Services, Archdiocesan Housing, Counseling, Marisol Services (for women), Community Outreach, Faith in Action. To donate make sure to click “Region | Western Slope” under “Please direct my donation to.”

DONATE

RiverCenter

The River Center was founded in 2010 as a way to encourage the creation of a unified dynamic and caring community which supports one another.

DONATE

Aspen Family Connections

Aspen Family Connections provides families with information on academic or emotional support organizations, financial assistance, extracurricular activities or summer camps.

Donate

Response Aspen

Response's mission is to work with our community in Aspen and the upper Roaring Fork Valley to end domestic violence and sexual abuse and to support survivors in achieving safety and empowerment.

Donate

Businesses to Support

Restaurants

Because of this pandemic, one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy in Colorado is restaurants. By order of the Governor of Colorado, all restaurants were forced to cease in-restaurant dining operations in mid-March, shifting their business (if even possible) entirely to take out.

There are two ways you can support your favorite local establishment at this time: You can buy a gift card or gift certificate for future use to help them with cash flow in the interim, or you can order a take-out meal or delivery. Our friends at EatAspen.com have compiled these handy and up-to-date lists of who is still serving take-out and who has closed early for the season.

Aspen Restaurants
Snowmass Restaurants
Basalt Restaurants
Carbondale Restaurants
Glenwood Springs Restaurants

Remember: maintain social distancing of 6 feet from person to person, and sanitize your hands before and after picking up your take-out order.


Local Stores

Many of the Roaring Fork Valley's stores are finding themselves in tough times as a result of the current situation as well. Those that are staying open are doing so with an abundance of caution toward health safety, and could use the revenue now from local residents so they can stay open in the months ahead.
Outdoor Gear Shops
Whether its prepping your skis or snowboard for storage, getting your mountain bike tuned up and ready for when the snow melts, or looking for an uphill set up outdoor gear shops in the Roaring Fork Valley are adapting to serve your needs. Below is a list of shops that have modified their operations to stay open:

Cripple Creek Backcountry
Basalt Ski and Bike
Bristlecone Mountain Sports
Hub of Aspen
Ute Mountaineering

Call ahead before visiting to learn how each store is maintaining social distance, about their store protocol as it is differs than normal operations and what shopping and service options they have during this time.