Pikes Peak United Way is deeply saddened by the horrific shooting at Club Q on November 19th in Colorado Springs that left five dead. Our hearts go out to all of the families who lost their loved ones, those who were wounded and those who witnessed this tragic event. We are grateful to the extremely brave individuals who stopped the shooter from killing even more. We are thankful to local law enforcement for a quick response. Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 will be available for those who need help to access services and find resources to deal with the aftermath of this shooting.

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Let us navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of health and human service providers to find the help you need.

2-1-1 is the free, confidential and bilingual phone number that serves residents of 12 counties (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Chaffee, Cheyenne, El Paso, Lincoln, Mineral, Park, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Teller), helping those in need navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of health and human service providers in their community.

At present, trained information specialists staff the hotline from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday utilizing a comprehensive database of thousands of resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private non-profits, as well as faith and community-based organizations.

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GET YOUR TAXES FILED FOR FREE

Every year, we offer FREE tax help through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in partnership with the IRS.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides FREE tax preparation to individuals and families who have a household income of less than $60,000. You could be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – a special tax benefit from the federal government for working people with low to moderate income, designed to help reduce the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund!

VITA sites located in Colorado Springs and Monument offer a variety of daytime, evening and Saturday appointments where free tax preparation and e-filing are available January through April. In most cases, refunds will be returned in just 10-14 days, eliminating the need to pay high fees associated with many instant refund programs. 

Call 2-1-1 to schedule a VITA appointment. Starting mid-January you can schedule your appointment.

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Need help getting the rent paid?

Assistance available for rent through the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Need help with rent? Colorado’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been extended and morning appointments are now available. Call 2-1-1 today to schedule your appointment!

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps property owners and tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship. Applicants can apply for up to six months in back rent and three months of current rent, and then continue to apply for three-month blocks for up to 15 months of rental assistance.

Call 2-1-1 today to schedule your appointment!

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The Peak Progress (QLI) Report is a community effort to look at and evaluate different components of quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. This project convenes volunteers, community members, and leaders from across the region (Vision Councils) to gather and evaluate data and create goals (referred to as “priority areas”) in various categories.

This report originated in 2007 after Howard Brooks and Jerry Smith recognized the need for benchmarking information and gathered the necessary community support and resources to publish the first edition. The 2019/2020 report seeks to move the report forward by not only focusing on indicators, but also looking for ways to take these findings and create actionable change and improve the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. To do this, we followed the original process of creating benchmarks by comparing the Pikes Peak Region to other regions in order to see how we are doing compared to other places in the United States, as well as looking at data over time.

This report is for anyone from a general citizen to an elected representative. Based on the foundation of community groups, networks, and resources that were assembled to develop it, this highly beneficial tool provides reliable and easy to understand data with the potential and proposed steps for actionable change.  

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