1991 - Jerry Milsaps, pastor of lake creek baptist church, began accepting donations of household items and clothing at his office and would distribute them to needy people in our community.
1992 - Benny Clark, another local pastor, and jerry organized vail valley cares and asked the congregations of the vail chapel for support.
1994 - They went to vail valley rotary to ask for a grant to open a thrift store in Edwards. The vail rotary club guaranteed their rent for a year and provided many volunteer hours to get the store up and running.
1995 - After only a few months, the store was financially independent and was looking for ways to help people in need. A store in eagle was also opened.
2000 - Greg Osteen joined vail valley cares in 1998 as executive director. As the stores were self-sustaining, they began to make money. They started looking at how we could benefit the community as a whole. After researching many options, vvc began giving grants to local nonprofit organizations in the vail valley.
2002 - The existing land in eagle was purchased for the thrifty shop to be built on chambers ave.
Eagle thrifty shop opens.
2014 - Vail Valley Cares thrifty shops employ 20-25 people and has given over $2.7m back to eagle county nonprofit organizations and scholarship recipients.
2018- We are giving grants to nonprofit help organizations in our wonderful community for many successful years now.
2019 – We celebrate 25 years of giving back to our community.