One Degree launches Summit County, Colorado chapter to connect residents to vital resources
The launch of Alluma’s Summit County, Colorado One Degree chapter will improve access to essential community services
OAKLAND, Calif., October 7, 2021 – The social technology nonprofit Alluma has announced the launch of the One Degree community services resource platform in Summit County, Colorado. This launch comes in partnership with several local community-based organizations: Education Foundation of the Summit, Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Keystone Science School, Summit Community Care Clinic, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Health Foundation and The Summit Foundation. Residents in Summit County, a rural, picturesque mountain community located 70 miles west of Denver, are now able to reach an innovative and dynamic directory of support services — from childcare to mental health support to housing assistance — on their phones, laptops, and desktop computers via www.1degree.org/summitco or by texting 844-833-1334.
Alluma, a nonprofit social technology organization working to transform the country’s support system, operates the One Degree service, a community resource database and referral platform that makes it easy for anyone to instantly see what local services they are eligible for and apply for them, all in one place, via web portal or smartphone app. Now, this innovative service is serving the entire Summit County community including Breckenridge, Copper, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne, and neighboring communities. The 10-year-old One Degree platform is already in use in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles County in California, New York City, Southwest New Mexico, Northwest Detroit, and Gainesville, Florida, and is free to use by anyone at any time.
“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the roll out of One Degree to the Summit County community,” says Nissa Erickson, Development Director at FIRC. “Our community outreach has made clear the need for a platform such as this. The lack of in-person meetings during the COVID pandemic, and the increased workload for administrators, has made direct access to support and services even more critical. We see it becoming an essential tool for our residents.”
“With so many seasonal workers and new residents in our community, it became critical to establish a ‘one-stop shop’ like One Degree,” says Tara Dew, Program Manager at the Summit Foundation. “There are just so many resources that both longtime residents and those new to the community don’t know about. Seeking help should not be overwhelming. Our partnership with Alluma and One Degree will make finding support easily accessible.”
“This will be an essential service for local organizations, too, and inspire more community collaboration,” adds Dew. “One Degree will make it easier for local nonprofits to connect with community members seeking out their services, and will facilitate warm handoffs to local partners.”
Available in English & Spanish, One Degree is completely free to use. Users can visit 1degree.org/summitco to search via phone, desktop, or the One Degree app. Text message search is also available by sending a keyword — such as “childcare” or “shelter” — to 844-833-1334.
Alluma is a leading nonprofit social enterprise on a bold mission: to eliminate barriers to getting people connected to help. We do this by working collaboratively with leaders in government agencies, community organizations, and others to challenge the status quo and create thoughtful solutions that unlock the possibilities of both technology and policy. In 2020, Alluma merged with One Degree, a resource and referral platform for nonprofit and community-based resources. Alluma’s eligibility and enrollment solutions have connected more than 25 million people across the country to critical health and human services that change lives and create stronger communities. One Degree’s platform serves around 250,000 annually, and together Alluma and One Degree aim to grow their impact 100-fold. Alluma is based in Oakland, California with an office in Sacramento, CA. Learn more at www.alluma.org.