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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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PlatteForum Advances Art and Learning Lab through Get Grounded Foundation Grant

PlatteForum's Soil City | GroundFloor Media's Get Grounded Foundation Grant RecipientWe are excited to partner with PlatteForum to help advance their art and learning lab through our Get Grounded Foundation. PlatteForum is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary artists and underserved youth in metro Denver through long-term art programs. Their programs allow youth to collaborate with artists in residence to plan, produce and exhibit a body of work in an environment where artistic excellence is highly valued.

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