Community Programs

2-1-1 Emergency Management

Pikes Peak United Way has formal memorandum of understanding with the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County Offices of Emergency Management to use 2-1-1 as a resource for emergency preparedness and response.  The major benefit to the city and county is a drop in 911 calls, thus allowing 911 to concentrate on medical, fire, police and safety emergencies. The benefit to citizens is a single source to provide information on road closures, evacuation routes and shelters for people and their animals.

Adult Resources for Care and Help

2-1-1 coordinates the ARCH Program, which is designed to help disabled adults and seniors by providing a single point of contact to assist them through the process of obtaining aid from various agencies determined by their specific needs. This helps bridge the gap for people that may not know where to start, how to fill out paperwork or how to keep up with the specific agency requirements.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) is a membership driven organization of nonprofits throughout the Pikes Peak region.  Its mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector through leadership and resource development, advocacy and collaboration primarily through workshops, training, consulting and networking.  The Center is a recognized leader in promoting operational effectiveness through Standards for Excellence, a licensed program of the nationally acclaimed Standards for Excellence Institute.

Community Information Systems

The Community Information Systems (CIS) program is a computerized data collection application designed to capture client-level information on the characteristics and service needs of adults and children experiencing homelessness over time in addition to tracking and measuring other relevant community data.

Community Investment/Allocation Services

More than 130 volunteers from more than 50 community organizations work on these three Pikes Peak United Way committees: Stewardship, Community Impact and Fund Allocations.  These committees provide insights and recommendations regarding agencies' financial viability and stability, the processes of fund allocations, the distribution of Pikes Peak United Way's Community Fund, El Pomar Emergency Fund, the city and Community Development Block Grant funds, and the Military Family Assistance Program.

El Pomar Emergency Fund

The El Pomar Emergency Fund provides emergency grants to area nonprofit organizations for emergency direct client assistance.  The program was founded in 1989 with a gift of $1,050,000 from the El Pomar Foundation.  The gift established an endowment of $1,000,000 and provides $50,000 each year for distribution.

Emergency Evacuation Registry

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging, and Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 has teamed up to create an Emergency Evacuation Registry for El Paso County.  The Registry is a database designed to help First Responders identify people who may not be able to evacuate without assistance during an emergency. The Registry is for El Paso County residents who have some type of condition or impairment that would limit their ability to safely evacuate their home in a time of emergency. Dial 2-1-1 to get registered or download the application.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter program recognizes that it does not take a fire, hurricane or flood for people to experience emergencies in their daily lives.  This program provides emergency food, shelter and homeless prevention for people in need in El Paso and Teller counties.  Pikes Peak United Way administers these funds for the federal government, managing the local board, the allocations process and follow-up accountability.

Homeward Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak United Way is the host for Homeward Pikes Peak, the coordinating agency for homeless services in the Pikes Peak region.  Homeward Pikes Peak works with community agencies and homeless advocates to efficiently and effectively help those in need by coordinating, facilitating and monitoring a Continuum of Care for homeless services and resource utilization.

Military Family Assistance Fund

In partnership with El Pomar, Pikes Peak United Way administers this program to assist families of active duty and reserve component military members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Volunteer Center

Pikes Peak United Way's Volunteer Center offers an abundance of services to nonprofits, corporate sectors and the community-at-large.  It is a one-stop-shop for all regional volunteer needs, and ensures the best match between volunteer skills and the interest and needs of more than 130 local organizations.  Online at, the Volunteer Center is an advocate for volunteerism in the community while providing the community with valuable information in national initiatives, trainings, projects and service days.