B:CIVIC members focus on helping causes worldwide, from supply drives for local schools to international campaigns that help battle health epidemics. Western Union Foundation recently led an international effort in response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa by coordinating a million dollar global business challenge, as well as a multi-faceted program in support of community relief efforts. Here’s a brief summary of the foundation’s generous activities:
Provided $500,000 in grants to Save the Children and the International Medical corps to support the treatment centers, community outreach and education, as well as the training of health workers. Additionally, Western Union urged all agents and clients to match all charitable donations made to these organizations.
- Activated a no-fee money transfer transaction program for participating agent locations and created a no-fee Payments contribution account benefiting the American Red Cross. Consumers worldwide were invited to give online to help the cause..
“We are committed to helping the global communities we serve,” said Western Union President and Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek in a press release. “Western Union encourages its Agents, Business Solutions clients, and other global business leaders to join us in supporting the people of West Africa during this time of need.”
Learn more about the Western Union Foundation and all of its efforts to help international causes here.
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Every year the Denver Business Journal recognizes the Mile High City’s standout class of young professionals in its list of 40 Under 40 honorees. This program recognizes local professionals under the age of 40 for their business success and community collaborations. B:CIVIC is lucky enough to count eight companies that have employees recognized in the 2015 40 Under 40 class as members!
The list of 40 Under 40 honorees who work for a B:CIVIC company is below. Check out the Denver Business Journal’s full list here.
- Erik Estrada, Level 3 Communications
- Aaron Hyatt, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, shareholder
- LaMar Jost, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, partner
- Brian Jensen, FirstBank Holding Co., senior vice president of marketing
- Tinesha Ross, United Launch Alliance, systems engineer/project manager
- Jeff Steepleton, Galloway Group, president
- John Swieringa, Dish Network Corp., chief information officer
- Tania Zeigler, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, senior director of customer experience
Congratulations to all of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees and their companies!
Join the Young Philanthropists Foundation (YPF) in recognizing Alexis Owen for her vision in creating YPF and bringing Penny Harvest, a free, school-based citizenship and leadership service-learning program, to Colorado! (Last year the program raised nearly $100,000 with the help of local students and teachers). This event will celebrate how far YPF has come in engaging youth in making a difference in their communities and showcase where this amazing organization is headed.
Join YPF in celebrating Alexis’ contributions at the event taking place at the following date, time and location:
Thursday, March 19
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Congratulations to Alexis on this wonderful recognition! We’re extremely proud of her community impact and are excited to have her expertise as B:CIVIC continues to grow. Alexis currently represents First Western Trust as a Founding Board Member and also serves as Co-chair of the Outreach and Marketing Committee.
B:CIVIC members do great things for the community every day, and we love seeing them earn well-deserved attention. Founding Member Great-West Financial was recently honored with the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Impact Award, which recognizes a local organization and individual for their efforts within the community to make an impact on heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 4 causes of death in America. Each recipient chosen is very engaged and dedicated to the programs, committees or leadership roles with the American Heart Association.
Great-West Financial sponsored The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program, which provides real-life learning laboratories for elementary school students to understand what it means to be healthy. This hands-on experience allows students to learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.
Teaching Gardens encompass a core belief that when you educate a child about nutritional choices, he or she will share this information with the family, and ultimately pass that knowledge to others.
Congratulations to Great-West Financial for earning this prestigious award! Learn more about the company’s community partnerships here.
This Member Spotlight was provided by Great-West Financial. Do you have a story you’d like featured in B:CIVIC’s Member Spotlight? Please fill out the Share Your Story form.
B:CIVIC officially kicked off in November 2014, and we’ve come a long way in the span of a few short and incredibly busy months. In fact, we’re excited to announce that we’ve reached our goal of 100 Founding Members!
This is big news for Colorado communities. It means that we have a group of local business leaders representing companies that are so committed to their communities that they joined a group to meet, learn from and work alongside one another. It means that there will be a centralized effort to help companies determine the causes that resonate most with their companies. And lastly, it will help our workforce better understand the impact that their companies can have on Colorado causes.
B:CIVIC membership is open to for-profit companies, chambers, business trade associations and corporate foundations. Individuals may also join on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to learn more about becoming a B:CIVIC member, please click here.
First Western Connects Day
In October of 2014, Founding Board Member First Western Trust hosted its first annual volunteer day called FW Connects. In an effort to provide the most benefit on the day of service, First Western conducted a materiality assessment to identify the areas of focus that shareholders, associates, clients and members of the community felt were not only important to the business, but also key issues in the communities where they are located. The areas selected were economic development, support of the arts, and women and girls.
After conducting the assessment, 10 First Western teams partnered with various organizations within these impact areas on FW Connects. First Western was able to provide 100 volunteers across 3 markets and donated more than $35,000 to their partner organizations.
Some of the organizations that First Western partnered with were Ground Work Denver, Warren Village, and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. First Western looks forward to continuing this practice each year and making an impact in the communities they serve.
This Member Spotlight was provided by First Western Trust. Do you have a story you’d like featured in B:CIVIC’s Member Spotlight? Please fill out the Share Your Story form.