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United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) is honored to be among a collaborative of funders supporting COVID-19 vaccine awareness, registration and administration led and executed by a collective of organizations with trust and leadership in communities of color, specifically the Black and Latinx community.
The following Larimer County organizations, in consultation with 9+ others, collaborated to provide a comprehensive plan and request for funding to address the complex and emergent realities in vaccine distribution related to the lack of trust, access, and coordination that are barriers to reaching this important, and often overlooked, community:
This coalition of agencies proposed the following:
This connected group of organizations approached UWLC and other funders for financial support and were successful in securing contributions from a diverse array of sources who have never jointly funded in this way.
It is an honor to be part of this innovative, and two-pronged collaborative of funders, and trusted BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) led organizations.
Specifically, UWLC committed $22,500+ of funding through our Community Emergency & Response Fund to the following innovative approaches to supporting and elevating our impacted community leaders:
United Way of Larimer County’s Board of Directors includes leadership staff from UCHealth who graciously stepped up to provide the vaccines at pop-up clinics led by partners listed above.
In addition, UWLC provided $7,500 in funding through the Equity/Innovation Fund to support two young LatinX leaders performing outreach across Loveland and Estes Park while also distributing emergency support funds from ISAAC. This funding is in addition to the vaccine equity proposal and adds both a mentorship opportunity for these individuals as well as an opportunity to extend trust and reach to our immigrant foreign-born workforce. UWLC worked closely with a private local foundation for complementary funding to support Fort Collins leaders for a countywide approach.
Further, UWLC has been a convener, and connected partners in Loveland at Sunrise Community Health Center to support the CSU Access Center’s Virtual Promotora (community health worker) model, in partnership with the larger vaccine equity initiative. CSU has two student Latina leaders who will be creating videos and engaging with Loveland communities – most notably Lago Vista – to raise awareness around the safety of the vaccine. And, UWLC has connected the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and others to serve as location sites for vaccine clinics and events in trusted, accessible locations.
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