100 YEARS A NEIGHBOR,
AND 100 MORE
Empowering families to thrive, strengthening our community

Since 1918, EFAA has been a locally operated community safety net for families in times of need. Throughout EFAA’s 100 year history, the organization has helped tens of thousands of families get back on their feet, and been supported by tens of thousands of donors and volunteers dedicated to EFAA’s mission. THANK YOU! We look forward to another 100 years.

1915:LOCAL MINING BOOM

<year>1915:</year>LOCAL MINING BOOM

Boulder served as a center of trade and commerce for mining in the mountains to the West and the coalfields to the South and East. In 1915, supporting World War I efforts…

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1918:LOCAL MINING BUST COMES WITH THE END OF WWI

<year>1918:</year>LOCAL MINING BUST COMES WITH THE END OF WWI

In addition to the mining and agricultural bust that hit Boulder hard as WWI ended, the Spanish Flu epidemic took many lives, putting increased pressure on the community. Need was growing among families unable to meet…

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1920s + 1930s:HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION

<year>1920s + 1930s:</year>HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION

At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, 25% of Boulder County residents relied on some form of relief aid. The demand for help was high, but thanks to strong community support and collaborative partnerships, EFAA was able to continue to help families…

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1940s + 1950s: LOCAL GROWTH AND HIGHER EMPLOYMENT

<year>1940s + 1950s:</year> LOCAL GROWTH AND HIGHER EMPLOYMENT

After the United States entered WWII in 1941, family dynamics shifted. Women started working outside the home in greater numbers while men were away at war…

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1960s:WHOLE FAMILY APPROACH & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION TO MEET NEED

<year>1960s:</year>WHOLE FAMILY APPROACH & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION TO MEET NEED

EFAA focused on taking a whole-family approach as a way of helping children more effectively, knowing that assistance to the entire family can create a better home environment.

In 1961 the business administration of EFAA was absorbed by the United Way…

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HEAR STORIES FROM THE PAST:
“Somebody’s saying – it’s a cop, too – ‘What’s the matter?’ And before you can stop him, the youngest one pipes up, ‘We’re hungry!’

1970s:DRAMATIC INCREASE IN NEED AND COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE HOUSING

<year>1970s:</year>DRAMATIC INCREASE IN NEED AND COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE HOUSING

In 1974, Social Service Child Welfare Association of Boulder officially changed its name to Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) to better reflect its work in the community, especially after the County Department of Public Welfare changed its name to the Department of Social Services…

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1980s:FOCUS ON INCREASED HOUSING FOR FAMILIES & HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

<year>1980s:</year>FOCUS ON INCREASED HOUSING FOR FAMILIES & HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

Funding for federal safety net programs were reduced dramatically, creating a rapid increase in poverty and community need. In fact, the number of children living below the poverty line in Colorado doubled in this decade…

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1990s: HOUSING & CHILDREN CONTINUE AS PRIORITY, VOLUNTEERS & FUNDRAISERS MAKE WORK POSSIBLE

<year>1990s:</year> HOUSING & CHILDREN CONTINUE AS PRIORITY, VOLUNTEERS & FUNDRAISERS MAKE WORK POSSIBLE

In 1990, EFAA saw a 25% increase from the previous year in requests for help from local families. This was in part due to a rapid rise in housing costs. As needs increased significantly, so did volunteer participation, both in numbers and in the importance of the roles they filled…

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2000s:TURBULENT ECONOMIC TIMES, NEW FACILITY FOR EFAA

<year>2000s:</year>TURBULENT ECONOMIC TIMES, NEW FACILITY FOR EFAA

In 2001, EFAA saw need increase 30% over the previous year — the biggest spike in 20 years. The following year, need increased again 40%.
This kicked off a financially turbulent decade, but despite the stagnant economy, the community rallied behind EFAA with generous donations and volunteer hours to meet need…

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2010s:EXPANDING SERVICES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM FAMILY WELL BEING

<year>2010s:</year>EXPANDING SERVICES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM FAMILY WELL BEING

In June 2012 EFAA further expanded its housing for families with children by purchasing a building of housing units in Louisville.

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2018:EFAA CELEBRATES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

<year>2018:</year>EFAA CELEBRATES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

We’re happy to celebrate a century of strengthening families!

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