The focus of our charitable giving through Vail Resorts Echo is in three main areas:
Making a difference in our Communities...
|One organization we support through charitable giving is the South Lake Tahoe Women's Center which helps support single mothers. The funds that were given helped build a swingset for young children at the center to play on. "I take the boys to the park and the swings are rarely used but this play set in the yard is a savior, the boys use it to relax and play. Thank you so much for their peace and mine," says a mother at the shelter who has three young boys.|
The swingset at SLT Women's Center
Each year, Vail Resorts Echo contributes more than $6 million to over 150 local organizations.
In all areas of charitable giving we emphasize outcomes – direct benefits to the people and places where we live and work.
"Having the support of the Vail Resorts Echo charitable giving program sends a strong message about the company's commitment to families in this community and their desire to see children thrive and grow in our resort towns. With Vail Resorts support we can focus on enhancing our enrichment opportunities and ensuring that children have a safe and fun place to be during after school hours.
"Thanks to Vail Resorts Echo, the Youth Foundation has developed the Engaging Kids in Community program, to teach children how to be a part of creating a better future for our community through service learning. The program follows a philosophy that young people are a community’s greatest resource and asset – and that it is the responsibility of our community to help young people become democratic citizens that are knowledgeable contributors to our community. We are so thankful to Vail Resorts for providing such outstanding support."
--Susie Davis/Executive Director of the Youth Foundation
The partnership between Vail Resorts and The Summit Foundation has enabled us to annually provide over $600,000 in services to the Summit County community. The contribution of transferable ski privileges has created a partnership that illustrates the commitment of Vail Resorts to support vital and treasured services in Summit County and neighboring communities. This year, Vail Resorts Echo and the Patron Pass Program funded 86 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the community and 63 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
"Thanks to the generosity of Vail Resorts Echo, The Summit Foundation’s Patron Pass Program continues to be the cornerstone of the fund-raising efforts for The Summit Foundation." To date, the Patron Pass has raised $10 million to support The Summit Foundation.
--Lee Zimmerman/Executive Director of The Summit Foundation
"Sometimes youth need a familiar place to hang-out when faced with difficult situations including homelessness, runaway behaviors, academic failure, abuse, substance abuse or family conflicts. As a direct result of the Heavenly/Vail Resorts Echo charitable giving program, Tahoe Youth & Family Services (TYFS) is able to provide drop-in access for high-risk teens through one of our two Youth Drop-in Resource Centers. The Drop-in Centers have been accessed more than 4000 times in just the last year. Although each youth entering a TYFS Drop-in Center arrives there for a different reason, our partnership with Heavenly and Vail Resorts Echo ensures that every youth can continue to “drop-in” whenever they need a safe place to access food, hygiene products, clothing and shelter or simply talk to someone who cares. The Drop-in Centers meet a critical need in our community and help develop impactful youth-adult relationships. Thank you Vail Resorts Echo!"
--Alissa R. Nourse/ Executive Director of Tahoe Youth & Family Services
“Vail Resorts Echo is a generous partner and supporter of environmental and natural science education in our community. Thanks to our partnership, Walking Mountains (formerly Gore Range Natural Science School) teaches our local students, families and guests about our spectacular mountain environment. Free programs for residents and visitors take place on public lands, such as Vail Mountain's Nature Discovery Center. Subsidized programs for local school children take place throughout our valley and enhance connections with, and scientific understanding of, the natural world. Vail Resorts' support is critical in making these programs affordable and accessible to everyone. In the same manner that ecology is the study of connections and balance in nature, Vail Resorts is deeply connected and concerned about this place and its people. Thanks to Vail Resorts Echo for your outstanding support of environmental and natural science educational, and for nurturing stewardship in our children.”
-- Markian Feduschak/ Walking Mountains Executive Director
"Summit Community Care Clinic is able to provide important oral health services to Summit County children because of our partnership with Vail Resorts Echo. In the United States, dental decay is the number one reason children miss school, and the most common chronic disease in children. Early childhood decay can lead to significant problems including delayed speech development, poor self esteem, and risk of dental decay as an adult. The support we receive from Vail Resorts Echo allows us to provide oral health screens to every child in every elementary school in Summit County. Children who otherwise would have no access to dental care can have emergent oral health needs resolved through this important partnership."
--Sarah Vaine/Executive Director of Summit Community Care Clinic