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United Way of Weld County partnered with the new Family Resource Center of South Weld County. Located at 330 Park Ave. in Fort Lupton, the center houses several nonprofit agencies which provide programs and services to South Weld County residents. The building was a donation by Weld County Commissioners as a way to provide the services. The center does not have set hours, since that will be determined by each of the agencies and their schedules. The center has meeting space available for the nonprofit agency tenants to use, which may be rented out to other nonprofits or companies through those agencies. Agencies include United Way of Weld County, The Arc, Life Choices, Colorado Mounted Rangers, Youth & Family Connections and A Kids’ Place. Organizations contributing to the center’s fruition are Bank of Colorado, the city of Fort Lupton, Weld County Commissioners, KBCI, Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Fort Lupton United Methodist Church.
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Broomfield-based Summit Bank & Trust introduced a Pink Ribbon Debit Card. Every time a customer uses the card to make a purchase, Summit will make a contribution to Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation to fight breast cancer.
An event held May 1 at Chimney Park Restaurant and Bar in Windsor produced a $24,000 net donation to food banks in Larimer and Weld counties. Twenty attendees donated at least $1,000 per person to participate in the multi-course dinner, and the costs of the food and wine for the event were underwritten.
A total of 1,212 loads were disposed of during the town of Firestone’s 13th annual Clean-Up Day and Food Drive on April 26. Open to Firestone residents, this cleanup allows people to bring unwanted household debris to be disposed of through a community-wide effort. The closest place for residents to dispose of their unwanted items is the Denver Regional Landfill in Erie, which costs an average of $56 a load for residents to utilize. The town’s Cleanup Day thus saved Firestone residents more than $67,872. The town also welcomed residents to donate nonperishable food items to benefit the Carbon Valley Help Center. A total of 49 boxes of food and $87 was donated.
Loveland-based beer distributor High Country Beverage donated $2,400 to the Guinness “Made of More” campaign. As part of this effort, Guinness has partnered with The Leary Firefighters Foundation to recognize firefighters that are “made of more” and go above and beyond to help their communities. The funds raised will provide equipment, technology and training to help those firefighters maintain the highest level of public safety in their communities. High Country Beverage’s donation will serve local firefighters at the Poudre Valley Fire Authority, Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department and Telluride Volunteer Fire Department.
United Way and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership announced a new 10-year nationwide partnership. Through an education campaign and distribution of free prescription savings cards, FamilyWize and United Way hope to deliver $1 billion in prescription savings across the nation in the next decade. Locally, United Way of Weld County has participated in the program since October 2006, and as of May 1 has been able to help 9,277 people with more than 51,122 claims over the course of this partnership, saving Weld County residents more than $906,000.
Louisville-based Community Food Share received a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from Darden Restaurants Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. Community Food Share will use the grant for its Feeding Families Warehouse Distribution program, providing nutritious food to families with children in the School Free Lunch programs in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts. The donation will enable Community Food Share to distribute 4,000 meals to families in need. Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program.
Energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 committed a $500,000 gift to the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business’ Career Development Office, which provides undergraduates with professional skills, career exploration, industry experiences and access to employer and alumni connections. Phillips 66 previously had contributed to the Leeds School’s mentorship program. The company also donated $3.5 million to CU’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building that opened in 2012.
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