Kudos! – January 4, 2013

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RMHS receives largest donation in 20-year history

Rocky Mountain Human Services received a $2 million challenge grant from Colorado business leaders Dob Bennett and John Malone in support of the organization’s “Operation TBI Freedom” program. Through Jan. 31 individuals who make a tax-deductible contribution to Operation TBI Freedom will have their gift matched by both Bennett and Malone. Funding will be used to provide crisis intervention, emergency financial assistance for food and housing needs, employment and educational training, medical care, assistive technology devices and support for the spouses and children of returning veterans.

The funds will assist veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury during their service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“We are committed to the thousands of veterans returning home to Colorado with a traumatic brain injury,” Bennett said. “I support OTF because the comprehensive services offered are unique in the country and provide our wounded warriors with the assistance they need to successfully return to civilian life.”

For more information on the Operation TBI Freedom Endowment Challenge visit www.rmhumanservices.org/otfchallenge

Comcast invests $5.5 million in Colorado community organizations in 2012

Comcast donated more than $5.5 million in cash and in-kind resources to more than 200 community organizations across the state in 2012, including Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pikes Peak Region, Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Pikes Peak United Way, Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Cheyenne Village.

Comcast also supported Waldo Canyon fire relief efforts and the establishment of the Colorado Springs Together Foundation with $50,000 in cash and in-kind support, which includes providing access to technology, volunteering, giving financial support and partnering with organizations that provide critical services and support for Colorado citizens.

“From the day the company was founded in 1963, Comcast has been committed to making a positive impact on our local communities,” said Rich Jennings, vice president of Comcast’s Mile High Region. “We believe that the power of partnership and diversity, coupled with our media and distribution resources, can bring visibility to important issues, connect people together, and spur positive and substantive change in all of the communities we serve.”

Highlights include: Colorado employees donated more than $400,000 through Comcast’s annual United Way Employee Giving Campaign. The Comcast Foundation awarded $300,000 in grants to 11 Colorado organizations; more than 4,000 volunteers participated in Comcast Cares Day, Comcast’s annual day of service; through the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, $75,000 in college scholarship funding was awarded to 57 Colorado students, with 55 students receiving $1,000 each, and two each receiving $10,000.