COMCAST FOUNDATION AWARDS $388,000 IN 2016 TO COLORADO AREA NONPROFITS
Grants help expand digital literacy, promote community service and build tomorrow’s leaders
Denver, Colo. – JANUARY 4, 2016 – The Comcast Foundation announced today that it has awarded $388,000 in grants to more than 50 community organizations across Colorado in 2016. The grants help grow the impact of programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s three areas of focus – expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders.
To expand digital literacy, Comcast partners with organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Anchor Center for Blind Children, and Mi Casa to offer a variety of STEM and technology skills-building programs and classes. Comcast’s partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs includes the “My.Future” program, an initiative designed to teach Club members about the digital world and ignite their passion for technology. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy.
In the area of promoting service, Comcast celebrated its 15th annual Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. Last April, nearly 6,000 local Comcast employees and their families, friends and community partners volunteered to complete more than 40 different service projects across Colorado. The projects benefitted organizations in Aurora, Basalt, Brighton, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley, Kremmling, Lakewood, Littleton, Pueblo, and Rifle. As part of this annual day of service, the Comcast Foundation provides grants to local community partner organizations on behalf of everyone who volunteers on the projects. The grants help these organizations continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year. Comcast Cares Day partners included:
To help build tomorrow’s leaders, Comcast supports youth mentoring and leadership programs in partnership with organizations including Easterseals, City Year, Denver Indian Center, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Servicios de la Raza, Young Americans Center for Financial Education, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Comcast’s partnership with Easterseals includes offering the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Plus program for high school students with physical disabilities. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend a one-week program at the Easterseals Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado, to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of openness, trust and respect.
“Comcast is dedicated to improving the communities we work and live in, as well as enriching the lives of those around us,” said Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President for Comcast Mountain West Region. “We are proud to support and partner with many valuable nonprofit organizations that work every day to make the people of Colorado proud to call this state their home.”
Including the support in Colorado, the Comcast Foundation has donated $19 million in 2016 to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves nationwide. In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism, and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting community service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated $195 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.
By: Peter Moore
Chair, Vital for Colorado
After years of engaging stakeholders, vetting energy regulations, and grappling with legal challenges, Coloradans continue to embrace a thoughtful and reasoned approach to responsibly developing our energy resources.
Colorado has some of the toughest, most rigorous environmental regulation of oil and gas in the world, and a welcoming attitude toward new development.
For some fringe environmental groups, the toughest oil and gas regulations in America aren’t enough. In 2016, this band of extreme voices tried to attack oil and gas development on multiple fronts.
But time and time again, antifracking activists were soundly defeated by the forces of common sense and responsible energy development.
We saw a small faction of legislators continuing to push a rejected, narrow agenda threatening thousands of Colorado energy jobs. Bills aimed at redundant and overlapping regulatory schemes to efforts to thwart mineral rights owners all met the same fate. Each time, Vital for Colorado and other business leaders pushed back against these harmful proposals, stopping the legislation in its tracks. Republicans and Democrats killed these bad-for-business, anti-drilling bills.
Last spring, environmental activists tried to recall a Thornton City Council member for the high crime of, get this, working for an oil and gas company. A handful of the most notorious and well-heeled anti-fracking organizers flooded the community with smears and deceit, only to have voters in Thornton slam the recall door in their face. The Thornton recall failed for not having anywhere near enough signatures.
Undeterred, this summer, many of the same activists pushed divisive constitutional ballot measures that would have cut off 90 percent of the state from developing our energy resources. These narrow interests tapped into hundreds of thousands of dollars from out-of-state environmental groups sharing a common mission of banning hydraulic fracturing. We saw great fanfare when they submitted their petitions to the secretary of state, but later learned that they were submitting many empty boxes with few petitions. Despite this well-funded effort, Coloradans rejected these damaging proposals by declining to sign their petitions.
Not to be outdone, many of the same activists focused their attention and flailing angst at Amendment 71, a bipartisan measure seeking to make it more difficult to amend the state constitution by requiring greater statewide input for constitutional ballot petitions. National environmental groups spent heavily to oppose Amendment 71 equating it to a proxy fight on energy development, even though it was no such thing. Greenpeace even sent its blimp to Colorado to oppose the initiative. But just like their empty petition boxes, the air-filled blimp on loan from Washington, D.C., failed persuade local voters as Amendment 71 passed with over 55 percent of the vote and winning 60 of 64 counties.
The wholesale defeat of antifracking extremists here is notable because it’s the third year in a row fracking foes have lost. After convincing a couple towns to pass short-term bans on drilling, the environmental community has seen a pair of anti-drilling initiatives wither on the vine in 2014, the defeat of a proposed fracking ban in Loveland, the defeat of multiple anti-energy local candidates in 2014 and 2015, and a 2016 Colorado Supreme Court decision saying the energy bans were themselves illegal and unconstitutional.
Added together, the picture that emerges couldn’t be clearer — the cottage industry of environmental groups opposing fracking have been completely and totally rejected by mainstream Colorado. While periodic fights will continue as long as these groups have access to out-of-state environmental donors, the crusaders against responsible energy development have lost credibility with the public because they have lost the debate.
In 2017, Colorado leaders should re-commit to developing energy policy in the right way. That means tough and comprehensive regulation of the industry, and a broad commitment to protecting responsible energy development here for years to come.
After conducting a national search, Arapahoe Libraries Board of Trustees recently named Oliver Sanidas executive director.
Sanidas most recently served as director of digital and library material services for Arapahoe Libraries. Prior to his director position, Sanidas was the associate director of digital and materials services for eight years. Sanidas was one of Library Journal's 2015 Movers and Shakers and was awarded the 2015 John Iliff technology award by the American Library Association.
“The Board of Trustees is confident that Oliver’s wide-range of experience, education and skills will positively contribute to the future of Arapahoe Libraries and libraries in general,” said Arapahoe Libraries Board of Trustees President Katie Schroeder.
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