Area Financial Safety Net Provides Relief for Those in Need

Strong communities are places where everyone feels safe and secure, knowing they can meet their basic needs.

In that pursuit, Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and Gilpin County residents gain emergency financial support from local nonprofit Canyon Cares.

The stated mission of Canyon Cares is to serve area residents by providing short-term resources to help care for our neighbors’ necessities and urgent needs. We help people in Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, and unincorporated Gilpin County in Colorado’s Front Range.

Canyon Cares, founded in 2006, is an unaffiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

How to receive aid

The process of applying for short-term emergency financial aid is straightforward.

After applying at, a board member will contact you to discuss your needs. The board will then review your application, and a determination will be made as to whether and how we can best meet your needs.

Within a short period, usually within two days, you will be notified of the board’s decision. It can be longer, depending on the complexity of your request.

The financial aid is paid to a third party (landlord, utility company, repair shop, etc.) rather than directly to the person requesting assistance.

If you would like to request assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 720-515-1129 or via email at

Typical aid requests 

Canyon Cares provides emergency financial aid for unexpected medical bills, auto repairs, rent or mortgage relief, and utility bills. In addition, each fall, the organization provides over $10,000 worth of food and gas cards to area families.

The relief provided by Canyon Cares is meant to provide a stop-gap to help people get back on track and does not take the place of other federal, state, and county programs. (For a list of such programs, visit –

Below is a breakdown of the assistance provided by Canyon Cares in the past year broken down by type of assistance and county.

How you can help

Canyon Cares is run by volunteers and funded solely by grants, bequests, and individual donations.

The organization and the help we provide are entirely dependent on the willingness of members of the area to give back and invest in their community.

If you would like to donate any amount or set up a standard monthly contribution, you may do so by visiting –

If you would like to discuss a grant or planned giving endowment, please get in touch with us at 720-515-1129 or via email at