Emergency Family Assistance Association Neighbors Helping Neighbors
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Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) has served Boulder Countys community for over 100 years, ever since Boulder residents faced devastating hardships after World War I. Since then, EFAA has done their best to serve a community that, despite a perception of affluence, has many people who struggle to put food on the table day-to-day. 
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) has served Boulder Countys community for over 100 years, ever since Boulder residents faced devastating hardships after World War I.
Since then, EFAA has done their best to serve a community that, despite a perception of affluence, has many people who struggle to put food on the table day-to-day. The local nonprofit organization addresses the needs of food, housing, and financial assistance to families, seniors and people with disabilities who struggle to make ends meet, according to Frankie Ryder, communications coordinator.
Much of these efforts couldnt be done without the generous support of business partners in the community, Ryder said.
From a partner standpoint at Luckys Market, we believe that good food should be a right and not a luxury, said Sarah Greengross, regional marketing specialist for Luckys Markets in Boulder. Were committed to bringing fresh healthy food to more people in our community. From that standpoint, our missions align well with EFAA.
Greengross said their company has been fortunate to partner with EFAA in several ways. They donate unsellable produce several times a week by setting aside items that are slightly bruised or a little bit wrinkled but still fit for consumption. Then a staff member from EFAA stops by to collect them. Luckys South donated over 22,000 pounds of food last fiscal year with twice a week pickup, and Luckys North donated another 5,600 pounds of food, said Ryder.
Luckys Market partners with a nonprofit on a quarterly basis for a 10 percent community impact day. Their next one is Dec. 3, where Luckys will donate 10 percent of all store sales to EFAAs food pantry to help provide meals to families during the holiday season. Luckys is also hosting a nonperishable food drive for EFAA throughout the entire month of December. Participants can stop by and drop off canned tuna, cereal, baby food, and it will all go straight to EFAAs food pantry.
Were passionate about our communities being healthy and taken care of, and EFAA does a wonderful job of making sure folks in the community are getting those resources they need, Greengross said. Were grateful for all the work they do in making our community an even better place.
Nite Ize, a Boulder-based manufacturer celebrating their 30 year anniversary in 2019, designs hundreds of inventor-driven products that make life easier, safer, and creatively solve everyday problems. Rick Case, founder and owner, believes strongly that many of our communitys real life problems can be solved by taking the time to understand and support struggling families in Boulder County. He believes in the importance of supporting families during difficult times, and that offering programs and education that focus on work opportunities, such as the JUMP program, supports the success of families futures for the long term. The JUMP program elevates participants employment future by assisting motivated parents to transition to careers with advancement opportunities. Nite Ize has been a proud supporter of EFAA for many years, sponsoring the Annual Gala and holding food/gift drives at both of their Boulder county office locations.
How business partners can help
EFAA places a tremendous value in the allies it forms with businesses in the community who partner with the organization. Support from the business community is a critical component to EFAAs ability to deliver the necessary services and programs for the families we serve, said Teresa Gulock-Mundy in an e-mail, development and events manager with EFAA.
EFAA looks to local businesses for sponsorships to their annual gala every year. The Celebration Gala has raised funds for 28 years as a premier event in Boulder County, and raises 10 to 15 percent of EFAAs operating budget for the year. Sponsorships from businesses help EFAA underwrite the annual event and offers businesses marketing and branding opportunities.
EFAA offers many hands-on employee engagement opportunities that make great team-builders. Last year, local businesses gave over 550 hours of community service. Visit efaa.org/volunteer for group volunteer opportunities.
Just like Luckys and Nite Ize, many local businesses host a holiday food or gift drive at this time of year to support the extra needs of the organization. Visit efaa.org/holidaygiving to see the most needed items for EFAAs food pantry and holiday gift room.
Companies sometimes do a matching gift, where if an employee donates to EFAA, they can submit that to their workplace, who will match the gift.
EFAA offers food, housing, and financial assistance to those in our community who need help making ends meet. EFAAs food pantry helps participants access healthy and nutritious foods.. The food pantry recently reopened its location at 1575 Yarmouth Ave after being closed for repairs due to a water damage incident that occurred in July. If people are interested in food drives, we need to restock the food bank to make it through the busiest time of year, Ryder said. People can donate at 1575 Yarmouth Ave. The food bank serves around 400-plus people a week. Their wish list includes turkeys, canned gravy, shelf stable pie crusts, baking mixes, toilet paper, butter, eggs and cheese.
EFAA operates over 50 housing units across Boulder County to help families facing homelessness.
EFAA helps participants with financial assistance for critical necessities like rent, mortgage, utilities, car repairs and minor medical costs. This assistance prevents families from facing homelessness.
EFAA also offers a childrens program for children who face poverty in Boulder County. The program provides after school activities, field trips, and assistance with childcare and summer camps. Ryder said that over 7,000 children in Boulder County live in families that are below the federal poverty line, which is $20,780 for a family of three. To be self-sufficient in Boulder County, a family of three would need to earn $78,926, according to the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2018.
And that is EFAAs goal, to help families achieve self-sufficiency by getting on their feet and understanding the resources at their disposal.
EFAA does have a really big impact on peoples lives. I see it in the way it touches each and every family, Ryder said.
The challenge EFAA continually faces is an awareness issue about the prevalence of poverty in Boulder County. (We want people to understand) that there is a need in our community, Ryder said. That is something were working on.
Empower families to thrive on December 10th, Colorado Gives Day. www.coloradogives.org/EFAA