Category Archives: Get Grounded Foundation

Get Grounded Spotlight: Cooking Matters Colorado

GroundFloor Media loves to give back to the Denver community. That’s why the Get Grounded Foundation was founded in 2015. The Get Grounded Foundation biannually awards grants to Denver-based nonprofits that focus on at-risk youth in the areas of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief. GroundFloor Media (GFM) and our sister agency, CenterTable, started the Get Grounded Spotlight series to highlight past grant recipients and showcase their outstanding work in the community.

The latest Spotlight series episode features Cooking Matters, an organization dedicated to educating parents of children ages five and under on food nutrition and how to shop smarter, helps provide awareness and action to childhood hunger issues, and helps connect low-income families to the healthy food they deserve.

Since 1994, Cooking Matters Colorado has provided statewide assistance with their vast network of volunteers. Lending their talents as culinary instructors, nutrition instructors, and tour guides for families at local supermarkets, volunteers are able to do their part in order to end childhood hunger in Denver. Cooking Matters’ commitment to ending childhood hunger in Denver is why the Get Grounded Foundation is proud to partner with this organization.

Check out our previous Get Grounded Spotlight episodes on our Vimeo channel, or learn more about how to get involved with Cooking Matters.

Giving Back: 2017 Community Impact Report

Community Impact Report 2017Giving back is embedded in our culture and is a core value of GroundFloor Media and CenterTable.

Since our inception in 2001, we have been committed to investing in our community. This is reflected through cash contributions, pro bono public relations and digital marketing services, reduced billing rates for nonprofit clients, community service and paid time off for GroundFloor Media and CenterTable team members to volunteer with various community organizations and causes.

We typically aren’t braggadocios, but as a small business, we are very proud of our efforts as a company and the impact our employees make in the community. For the first time ever, we’ve compiled a Community Impact Report. It is a cumulative overview of our grants through our Get Grounded Foundation, financial matches through our Get Grounded Volunteer Program, Get Giving days of service, being named a Certified B Corporation, membership in giving organizations and participation on a variety of boards and committees.

As you can see from our annual report, all of us wholeheartedly believe that giving back in all shapes and forms strengthens our community, brings people together, provides us with valuable experience and insight and offers balance to our personal and professional lives.

Get Grounded Spotlight: Denver CASA Serves Kids in Juvenile Court

Since 2015, The Get Grounded Foundation has awarded grants biannually to Denver-based nonprofits that focus on at-risk youth in the areas of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief. GroundFloor Media (GFM) and our sister agency, CenterTable, started our Get Grounded Spotlight Series to highlight past recipients and show their outstanding work in the community. The latest episode spotlights Denver CASA, an organization dedicated to advocating for Denver’s abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, represent the child’s best interests in juvenile court and give a voice to children that don’t have the power to speak for themselves. CASAs are volunteers who spend numerous hours bonding with the children they fight for. They also work with the courts to find the best possible solution for their future. Several members of GFM have been so inspired by their work that they have chosen to become CASAs themselves. Watch the video above to learn more about Denver CASA and how you can become involved.

Please check out our previous Get Grounded Spotlight episodes on our Vimeo channel and keep an eye out on our social channels for when you can submit your application for our Fall 2018 grants. If you’re interested in getting involved with Denver CASA, click here for more information.

The Get Grounded Foundation Awards Grants to 6 Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

GroundFloor Media & CenterTable's Get Grounded Foundation Spotlight
The Get Grounded Foundation awarded six new community grants during its Spring 2018 grant cycle. Totaling more than $21,000, the grantees were selected for their efforts to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor” in the areas of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health and/or childhood hunger relief. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $100,000 in community grants

Spring 2018 Get Grounded Foundation Grant Recipients

The spring 2018 grant recipients include:

Children’s Farms of America’s Farm-School Garden Specialist

The facilitator of the FreshLo Farms for Kids project in the Montbello neighborhood in Denver, Children’s Farms of America will use this grant to support a farm-school garden specialist to consult on urban agriculture, increasing yield in small spaces, working with children and adults on topics such as growing environments, pest management, nutrition and food preparation.

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Get Grounded Spotlight: Denver Children’s Advocacy Center

At GroundFloor Media, we love giving back to the community however we can. That’s part of the reason why we started the Get Grounded Foundation in 2015 to help fund new, innovative and entrepreneurial programs or projects within existing, qualified nonprofits that directly support the healthy development of at-risk youth in the Denver Metro area in the areas of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief.

We started the Get Grounded Spotlight video series to highlight a few of the past recipients of our Get Grounded grant. The latest episode centers on Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. DCAC serves the city and county of Denver in helping children and families recover from traumatic experiences. Get Grounded provided funding to help support the organization’s yoga therapy program. Watch the video above to learn more.

Once you’re done, check out the first episode, which featured another past grant recipient, PCs For People. If you are interested in receiving a Get Grounded Grant, the submission deadline for Spring 2018 grants is Monday April 30 at 5 p.m. MDT.

Get Grounded Spotlight: PCs For People

Since 2015, GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation has given one-year grants of up to  $5,000 to non-profit organizations looking to kick-start innovative community programs. Since its founding, the Get Grounded Foundation has granted approximately $70,000 to organizations focused on the positive development of at-risk youth in the Denver Metro area.

Today, we’re launching a video series that shines a spotlight on past recipients to show their impact on the Denver community.

Our first video focuses on PCs For People, a non-profit that seeks to bridge the digital divide by providing technology to low-income families and other non-profit organizations such as CASA and Denver Children’s Home. Watch the video above for the full story below for more on PCs For People and the Get Grounded Foundation’s involvement with their mission to infuse technology into the lives of Denver’s citizens.

Grants Awarded to Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

GroundFloor Media (GFM) and its sister agency, CenterTable, are proud to announce that their Get Grounded Foundation has awarded its latest round of grants to four outstanding local community programs supporting youth services.

A total of $15,000 was granted to Child Advocates – CASA of DenverRoots Elementary, Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) and Playworks Colorado. The programs were selected for their efforts to launch new or innovative programs off the “ground floor” in the area of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief.

Fall 2017 Get Grounded Foundation Grant Recipients

Child Advocates – CASA of Denver – The mission of Child Advocates – CASA of DenverGrants Awarded to Child Advocates of Denver Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth 4 | Get Grounded Foundation at GroundFloor Media PR Agency (court-appointed special advocates) is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court through the services of specially selected and trained community volunteers. These volunteers are the children’s representatives in court when there is suspicion of abuse or neglect. That said, only 35 percent of all cases have CASAs appointed to them. This grant will help change that statistic and funding will go toward the CASA of Denver Early Education Intervention Advocacy program.

 

Roots Elementary – Roots Elementary is a new school in Denver based on best practices from around the country with a radical new approach to time, talent and technology to create custom Grant Awarded to Roots Elementary For Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth | Get Grounded Foundation at GroundFloor Media PR Agencyotslearning experiences for scholars. Roots puts students at the center of their education. Students are not batched by age or random assignment to a classroom, but rather flexibly grouped and regrouped throughout the day so they are always challenged but never overwhelmed. This increases the productivity of time spent at school and enables RootsGFF2students to
rapidly build foundational knowledge and skills, freeing them to think critically, engage in collaborative projects and become creators, not just consumers of their world. This grantwill be used toward the Trauma-Informed Practice Program at Roots Elementary.

 

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) – Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC’s) mission is to strengthen vulnerable American Indian/Alaska Native children and families through collaborative and culturally-responsive services. DIFRC achieves this by Square logoproviding family services and community programs to families who self-identify as AI/AN in the Denver metro area. Additi onally, DIFRC provides Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) advocacy to support reunification efforts for families who are involved in the child welfare system. DIFRC has established a revered reputation and demonstrated success in serving as a single point of entry for comprehensive, Grants Awarded to Denver Indian Family Resource Center Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth | Get Grounded Foundation at GroundFloor Media PR Agencyintensive and collaborative community-based services to vulnerable AI/AN children and their caregivers. The grant will be used toward the Culture Nights Program at DIFRC. The Culture Night program takes place each month and highlights a traditional art/craft project. Previous culture nights have featured holiday ornaments, dreamcatcher making and shawl making. Materials and light snacks are provided to support continued cultural knowledge and traditions. Children ages 6 and up can participate in craft making.

Playworks – Playworks expanded to Colorado in 2010 and serves low-income schools across Denver, Aurora and Mapleton through year-round, on-site support services. They are also Playworksreaching thousands more students across Colorado through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations. In partnership with teachers, principals and parents, Playworks builds a culture of play that enables kids to feel a real sense of belonging and have the opportunity to contribute on the playground, in the classroom and into their communities. A randomized control trial found that compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active, teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior was experienced. The grant will be used toward Playworks Coach and TeamUp program.

We are incredibly proud to support the above organizations and look forward to sharing the impact made by these grants throughout 2018.

A volunteer committee made up of individuals from the GroundFloor Media and CenterTable reviewed the fall 2017 round of grant applications.

The Power of Giving Back

GetGrounded_logo_vfThe Get Grounded Foundation recently announced its latest round of grants to four local community programs supporting youth services. A total of more than $17,000 was granted to Child Advocates – CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, The Bridge Project, The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and PCs for People. The programs were selected by a volunteer committee made up of individuals from GroundFloor Media and our sister agency CenterTable.

The foundation seeds funding for new or expanded, innovative or entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly supports the healthy development of at-risk youth between the ages of three and 13 in the Denver Metro area.

In addition to the Get Grounded Foundation, GroundFloor Media encourages employees to actively participate in community service to make a difference through their own charities.

Throughout my career, I’ve found that companies who encourage community involvement separate themselves from their competitors, develop more loyal customers and enhance employee happiness. Participating in community service not only makes a difference to the organizations and people being served, but also makes a difference in your own personal life. Participating in community service activities helps to enhance social awareness and responsibility, while building community relationships.

As a new member of the GroundFloor Media team and as a Colorado native, it is incredibly impactful to know I am working for a company that is committed to making a difference in the Denver community.

Mount Saint Vincent Strengthens its Foster Care Program

Photo credit: Melissa Yocum Photography

Photo credit: Melissa Yocum Photography

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Mount Saint Vincent has cared for children and their families since 1883. In the spirit of the Sisters (who also founded Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver), the mission of Mount Saint Vincent is to “strengthen the abilities of families and children to emotionally and socially participate in the community, making life better for generations to come.” Read more after the jump…

Tennyson Center for Children Enhances Community-based Programs with Animal Assisted Therapy

GroundFloor Media Get Grounded Foundation Grantee | Tennyson Center For Children, Denver, ColoradoThrough a $5,000 grant from the Get Grounded Foundation, Tennyson Center for Children (TCC) has enhanced their community-based services by adding a Animal Assisted Therapy program for traumatized children. TCC provides residential and therapeutic services, as well as a K-12 school, to Colorado children ages five to 18. The children are survivors of severe abuse or neglect, or have significant mental health or developmental issues. TCC empowers children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma to bravely and safely change their life’s story.

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