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Posted on March 19, 2020 at 5:21 PM by Eva Henson
For those needing assistance with food or health concerns, Summit County and community nonprofits have several resources available, as well as opportunities for donors and volunteers.
The Family & Intercultural Resource Center offers food assistance for those in need and is providing packaged food kits for drive-through service at both its Breckenridge and Silverthorne locations. Call 970-262-3888 for eligibility guidelines and to sign up in advance of receiving this service. The FIRC’s Thrift Stores are closed, and the agency is not accepting donations of clothing, household goods or food at this time. FIRC is accepting financial donations to buy necessities for those in need, and those can be online made at https://www.summitfirc.org/donate/.
The Summit County Community & Senior Center has a corps of volunteers who are delivering pre-made meals – either seniors or those in the medically at-risk populations who shouldn’t leave their homes or people who have developed symptoms and are staying in isolation. Those who sign up for this service at 970-668-2945 will have food left outside their door to avoid face-to-face interaction and prevent any potential for virus transmission. Volunteers still are needed for assembling the meals and deliveries; to sign up, please call 970-668-2940.
Food pantries are being offered at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at the Dillon Community Church from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Smart Bellies is offering food for students in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays at Dillon Valley Elementary School and at the Summit High School.
For those with questions about COVID-19 and their own health status, CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for general questions about the virus, providing answers in many languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin and more. It can be reached at 303-389-1687 or
1-877-462-2911, seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Telephone consultations with nurses – including free options – also can be arranged through https://covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-nurselines-directory.
Statewide, Gov. Jared Polis announced the launch of the Help Colorado Now effort, through which Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at www.HelpColoradoNow.org.