The region's Walmart Super Centers and Neighborhood Markets have the opportunity to donate to their choice of nonprofits closest to their areas. Add to that the Walmart State Giving Program, and almost $500,000 was awarded during a Southern Colorado Community Celebration dinner with Market Manager Jon Ball on Feb. 16 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Receiving grants and the presenting stores:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, mentoring, $5,000, Palmer Park store.
- Brent's Place, family medical house for pediatric oncology/hematology patients, $5,000, Union Boulevard store.
- Mothers of Murdered Youth (MOMY), supporting families and providing headstones for graves, $5,000, Platte Avenue store.
- Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, affordable home ownership program, $6,500, South Academy Boulevard store.
- Fountain Valley Senior Center services and activities, $7,000, Fountain store.
- Teller County Sheriff's Office "Shop with a Cop" for underprivileged children, $7,000, Woodland Park store.
- Children's Literacy Center, one-to-one tutoring for 900-plus students annually, $8,000, Woodmen Road store.
- Partners in Housing, self-sufficiency for homeless families, $8,000, Murray Boulevard store.
- Tri-Lakes Cares, food pantry and human services for Tri-Lakes region, $9,000, Monument store.
- Mercy's Gate, food pantry and Christ-centered services working toward homelessness prevention, $10,000, Austin Bluffs Parkway store.
- Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, programs for veterans and those with disabilities, $10,000, Falcon store.
- REACH Pikes Peak, self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families, $15,000, Venetucci Boulevard store.
- Westside Cares, network of outreach and resources for emergency services including food pantry and financial assistance, $25,000, State Giving Program.
- Care & Share Food Bank, in 2017 distributed 23.7 million pounds of food and provided 19.1 million meals in Southern Colorado, $33,000, State Giving Program.
- La Puente Home - Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, $35,000, State Giving Program.
- UCCS Boots to Suits, supporting veterans in college and providing a new business suit upon course completion, $35,000, State Giving Program.
- Project Angel Heart, home-delivered meals meeting unique dietary needs for those with life-threatening illnesses, $50,000, State Giving Program.
- Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, a refrigerated truck for soup kitchen food donations, $75,000, State Giving Program.
- Colorado Farm to Table, volunteers grow, harvest and distribute fresh produce to food banks, soup kitchens and pantries statewide, $95,000, State Giving Program.
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