Denver - The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation awarded $525,000 to eleven metro area children's charities and programs at Pepsi Center on January 31st before the Avalanche game against the Minnesota Wild.
The 4th cycle grant theme is "Health and Well-Being" and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations with programs that promote the physical, psychological, and social well-being of people with disabilities, provide health services for underserved children and families and/or provide intervention or prevention for abused and neglected children and families. The 4th cycle grant recipients include:
Programs that promote the physical, psychological, and social well-being of people with disabilities
·Craig Hospital Children's Friendship Program - to provide therapeutic activities, services, equipment, education and care for young patients who are afflicted with spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries.
Programs that provide health & education services for underserved children and families
·The Children's Hospital - to improve the health of children in the Rocky Mountain Region with coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy for an average of over 350,000 children each year.
·Colorado AIDS Project - to provide services, education, and basic life services for aide and empowerment for people affected with HIV / AIDS.
·Denver Public Schools / Denver Prep League- to continue to provide quality after-school sports activities for more than 17,000 middle-school students in DPS. Program consists of 10 sports and includes 22 schools.
·Denver Museum of Nature and Science Health Outreach Programs - to support the Bicycle Helmet Safety Programs in schools throughout Colorado.
·Project Angel Heart- to help provide food and compassion to those battling life-threatening illness in Denver and Colorado Springs.
·Young Americans Center for Financial Education - to support school-based, financial literacy and basic economic education for low-income youth in the metro area.
Programs that provide intervention and/or prevention for abused and neglected children and families
·Advocates for Children - to provide advocacy services for more than 675 abused and neglected children in Arapahoe County.
·Denver Children's Advocacy Center - to provide counseling, treatment services and assessment and forensic interviews for children who have been sexually abused or traumatized by witnessing homicide, violent crime or severe domestic violence.
·Parenting Place Family Strengthening Program - to support programs that provide intervention and/or prevention for abused and neglected children and families in Boulder, Broomfield and Gilpin Counties.
·Women and Family Crisis Center Outreach Center- to provide counseling and therapeutic services for children in Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties, ages 3-17 years, who have experienced verbal, emotional, sexual and/or physical abuse.
The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund (CACF) supports local and statewide, non-profit organizations that serve the needs of low-income children and families. Funds raised by the CACF are matched by the McCormick Tribune Foundation at a significant percentage increasing the dollar amount available to local worthwhile agencies and their community programs. Since 1995, the CACF has granted millions of dollars to hundreds of non-profit agencies throughout Colorado.