Connecting Community

Need a Hand?

Colorado 2-1-1

Need help with emergency shelter, food, rental and utility assistance, child care, health care and more? Dial 2-1-1 on your phone! 2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to over 7,500 health and human service resources.

Pine River COVID-19 Need a Hand? Lend a a Hand! Facebook Page​

The Library has created a Facebook page where the local community can come together to share resources, offer help, and ask for assistance when needed! Many of us are feeling overwhelmed, and many of us would love to help if we can. Together we can create a positive place to share and support one another.

Food Assistance

Bayfield School District Grab and Go Lunches

 “Grab and Go” lunches are available from 11am-12pm each weekday the Bayfield Intermediate School for children ages 0-18 who live in the Bayfield area.  Please limit foot traffic into the building and send only the least number of students, or just one young person, into to pick up the lunches for the family, when possible.

Families picking up to-go meals at Bayfield Intermediate School on Thursdays can also grab a pre-packaged family food bag from Pine River Shares containing non-perishable proteins, fruits, carbohydrates, and vegetables. Pre-packaged bags of dog and cat food, donated by Valley Feed and Ranch Supply at Gem Village, are also available.

Pine River Shares

Pine River Shares helps community members with food or other needs. All programs are run through the PRS office at 658 S East Street in Bayfield unless otherwise noted.  

Community members with food or other needs outside of the listed hours can call the PRS office at  884-6040.

Unemployment Resources

If you have been laid off due to the crisis check the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for the most up to date information about filing for unemployment. The State has also created OnwardCO, a new “one stop” resource for Coloradans who have been impacted by job loss during the crisis. Their system can match you with a list of helpful resources personalized for your individual needs.

On April 20, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information. NOTE: Self-employed and gig workers: you will need to provide either a 2018 or 2019 tax return as part of your application. Claimants do not need to take action to receive the additional $600 weekly benefit amount.