Foothills United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2012 Event Celebrates Successes, Collaborations and Philanthropic Spirit

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Boulder, CO – June 5, 2012 – For 90 years, people in Boulder and Broomfield counties have been coming together through Foothills United Way to help out their neighbors and bring positive change to the community. Today Foothills United Way and its donors, volunteers and partners gathered to highlight successes of the past year and look forward to the work ahead.

LIVE UNITED 2012, held today at the Byron White Stadium Club at Folsom Field, celebrated the collaborations, programs, initiatives and philanthropic spirit that are achieving success and changing lives in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.  Among the examples cited by Foothills United Way Board president Frank Bruno:

  • The Nonprofit Cultivation Center saw continued growth in 2011. The Center is a groundbreaking collaboration between Foothills United Way and the Boulder County Board of Commissioners, designed to help local nonprofits build capacity.
  • The Fourmile Recovery Project expanded the scope of its recovery work, creating a voucher program for survivors of the Fourmile Canyon fire to receive mental health counseling and creating a discount card program, whereby fire survivors can get discounts from several Boulder-area merchants.
  • The Volunteer Connection of Boulder County was brought back under the umbrella of Foothills United Way, where it was originally established in 1969. Now known as Foothills United Way’s Volunteer Connection, the organization features a new, expanded database and website with more capacity to join volunteers with opportunities in the community.

Jon Embree, the head football coach at the University of Colorado, gave the keynote address at the event. Embree talked about the power of teamwork, and how creating a culture of personal success and improvement translates to success for an entire team or organization. The theme of teamwork is central to Foothills United Way’s primary message of Living United; coming together - from all parts of the community - to address challenges, meet needs and create opportunities. As a former coach and player in the NFL, Embree said he saw first-hand how local United Ways work in communities across the country. (The National Football League is a long-time partner with United Way Worldwide.)

LIVE UNITED 2012 featured the awarding of Foothills United Way’s Spirit of the Community awards.  The Spirit of the Community Awards are presented annually to individuals, partnerships/collaborations, and companies who set the standard for philanthropic spirit or community service, and exemplify the idea of Living United.

Award winners were as follows:

Spirit of the Community, Partnership/Collaboration:  Boulder County Housing First, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and Boulder Housing Partners. A program designed to shrink the chronically homeless population by placing homeless adults in permanent housing with intensive case management support.

Spirit of the Community, Individual: Steve Callander, Boulder Day Nursery. Steve was honored for his long-time commitment to numerous volunteer initiatives and advocacy, especially those relevant to children’s issues.

Corporate Spirit of the Community: The Boulder County Business Report, honored for its exceptional support of the local nonprofit community and its efforts to serve as bridge between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Also presented today was the Bebe Price Award for Community Service, given annually to a young person who exhibits excellence in volunteerism in our community. This year’s winner was 12-year old Angelica Bencomo, who has been volunteering at Sister Carmen Community Center since the age of six.