Timberline Adult Day Services is Summit County’s only respite care facility serving adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Respite care is temporary institutional care of a sick, elderly, or disabled person, providing relief for their usual caregiver. Respite care enables the individuals and families with adults in need of supervision to remain living in our community, where resources such as assisted living facilities simply do not exist.
Timberline’s program benefits both the individual and the caregiver by focusing on person-centered care, so that the entire family unit can function more effectively. Since opening their doors in 2003, Timberline has provided much-needed supervised care which includes socialization, life skills training and physical and mental exercise. Their dedicated team is committed to organizing both in-facility activities as well as a variety of community outings including snowshoeing, nature walks, adaptive biking, boating, and horseback riding.
Timberline’s diverse activity programming is made possible with the help of generous community partners and individual donors. Timberline is committed to continuing to provide excellent respite care within the community for many years to come.
Timberline is a nonprofit, IRS designated 501(c)(3), dependent on donations from the community to continue providing services for Summit County residents and visitors. Although they are a certified SADS center which allows them to receive payment through Medicare Waiver programs, the operational costs exceed the reimbursement funds by approximately 60%. This means that Timberline must raise approximately $200,000 annually to provide their services. Volunteering at Timberline is another way to support the organization. To learn more, donate or volunteer for Timberline, click on their website: Summit County Respite Care | Caregiver Support | Adult Day Care (timberlineadultday.com).
Summit and Park County nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $3,446,365 in the last seven years by Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ (BGV) Grant Program. Grants supported a variety of community needs including programs and general operations for local human services, education and environmental programs; books for Summit School District classrooms; AED placements, education and community engagement; a variety of scholarship programs; avalanche safety and awareness education; theatre and music programs; youth athletic programs; tutoring assistance and more.
“This fall, BGV Gives received $422,196 in grant requests,” said Deb Edwards, BGV Gives Program Manager. “We take great pride in being able to support so many of our community organizations that provide important programs for our residents and guests. Our nonprofit organizations provide a myriad of critical and essential services, as well as quality of life offerings. Their contributions make living and working here so special.”
BGV awards grants to local organizations during two annual cycles: one in the spring and another in the fall. The spring 2021 cycle saw $240,860 awarded to 28 organizations including $127,000 to eleven Human Services agencies, $24,000 to four Educational organizations, $21,000 to four organizations in Art and Culture, $32,060 to five Environmental agencies, $31,800 to four Sports and Recreation groups and one grant in the amount of $5,000 in our “Other” category.
During the 2021 fall cycle, grants were awarded as follows: Human Services – thirteen grants for $162,000, Education – twelve grants for $82,260, Art & Culture – two grants for $17,500, Environment – one grant for $20,000 and Sports & Recreation – three grants for $35,000.
In 2021, more than $1.3 million has been awarded by Breckenridge Grand Vacations in cash and in-kind contributions through their Endowment and Donor Advised Funds at The Summit Foundation and directly from the company through BGV Gives.
Several organizations shared their visions for growth and development amongst their excitement when the award news was announced on December 20, 2021.
“The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is so grateful for the generous funding we have received from BGV Gives for sponsorship of three special events and to support BOEC’s local youth programming. This financial support will increase overall revenue raised by each event which in turn supports BOEC’s mission to provide life-changing, adaptive outdoor recreation for those living with a disability or special need. BOEC is also committed to meeting the community need in caring for local youth as we know that therapeutic outdoor recreation activities help mitigate social isolation and promotes mental health education and awareness across a multitude of populations. We cannot stress enough how thankful we are for the ongoing support we have received from BGV Gives and how important this financial support is to us and to those who benefit from BOEC programs” shared Sonya Norris, BOEC Executive Director.
Additionally, Andrea Walker, manager of the Mountain Scholars Program at Colorado Mountain College was especially grateful for program funding again this year. “Thank you to Breckenridge Grand Vacations for awarding the Mountain Scholars Program funds this year! The Mountain Scholars Program plans to use the grant funds to aid first-generation students in degree completion rates as well as to provide students with tools for career readiness as they transition into the workforce. We are proud to have a completion rate 5-times the national average in thanks to our collaboration between The Summit Foundation, Colorado Mountain College, the Summit School District and funders like BGV Gives.”
Breckenridge Grand Vacations has a history of playing an active role in the community encouraging its employees to volunteer at local events and for philanthropic causes through paid volunteer hours. Through the end of 2021, BGV employees volunteered 3,580 total hours to community organizations equating to well over $100,000 in employer-paid volunteer time off. BGV also supports our community by being one of the largest year-round employers with more than 650 staff members, implementing a culture of excellence in customer service that develops and supports employees.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) organized a holiday food drive from mid-December until early January with tremendous success. Collection boxes were located at each BGV office and resort location. Employees, guests and owners all contributed to the success of the food drive.
Everything from Asian noodles to soup to nuts to pasta to baby diapers to Zesta saltines filled 38 shopping bags with non-perishable items that were delivered to the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) earlier this month. After weighting and counting all the donations, the final results were 783 items weighing 815 pounds donated to the FIRC Food Pantry. What a great way to fill the shelves and provide food to so many local families!
Breckenridge Grand Vacations is proud to support our community nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to our community. Thanks to everyone who contributed and volunteered to make the food drive such a great success.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) is dedicated to sustainable efforts and best practices to minimize impact on the local mountain environment where we play and live. One of the ways we do that is through reducing the amount of waste we send to the landfill, which sometimes takes some creativity!
In early 2020 when we rebranded and implemented a new logo, we were faced with a pile of vinyl banners that were destined for the landfill. With a current goal of increasing our waste diversion by 5% every year, our Sustainability Department researched alternatives, so the banners didn’t go to waste. Throughout their research, they found Green Guru, a Boulder-based company that uses old outdoor gear such as bike tubes and climbing rope and repurposes them into new outdoor products like bike saddle bags, backpacks, and totes. Green Guru was the perfect solution to our problem, as they would take our banners and turn them into luggage tags.
On a mission to reduce waste outside of our own company operations, the department decided to ask for old banners from organizations throughout the county. We received banners from local nonprofits, government agencies and businesses, collecting a total of 540 square feet of old banners – the size of an average studio apartment!
BGV’s Sustainability Team took a trip to Boulder to tour Green Guru’s facility and drop off the materials to be repurposed. Green Guru worked their magic and turned the banners into 3,000 branded luggage tags! This exciting effort supported our waste diversion goal and kept things Colorado local. These luggage tags will be handed out to owners, guests and employees at company events and trainings.
Just another example of BGV’s commitment to sustainability and the company’s dedicated staff working to “be green” wherever we can.
For the eighth year, Breckenridge Grand Vacations employees and departments stepped up to support our community during the holidays by supporting the Rotary Club of Summit County Adopt an Angel program and the community Adopt a Family program through Mountain Mentors and Summit County Department of Human Services.
Now in its 29th year, the Adopt an Angel program served 771 children from 375 families in 2021. The Silverthorne Pavilion was transformed into a toy and clothing factory where thousands of gifts were given to pre-approved families and children. Santa’s helpers were on hand to spread cheer and help families select and gift wrap their gifts.
The Adopt a Family program matches BGV departments and individuals with identified families in the community needing some extra support during the holidays. Twenty-two departments and 16 individuals and families provided hundreds and hundreds of gifts and grocery store gift cards to 32 families with 119 family members this year. Additionally, 21 gifts were donated to the Adopt an Angel program. Special thanks to the BGV staff who shopped, wrapped gifts and helped to transport all the gifts to Frisco for distribution to the Summit County families.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations takes great pride in supporting these programs and helping to spread holiday cheer by putting smiles on the faces of our local families. We wish all our colleagues, friends and families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!