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July 6, 2015
Another year has come and gone - fiscal year for us - and with that means we have another State of the Community under our belt. This year's luncheon was bigger and better than previous years with nearly 900 people in attendance.
In case you missed the event or would like to relive some of its brightest moments, here are the top 4 highlights from United Way's 13th Annual State of the Community:
As Bill Fulton, Founder and Director of The Civic Canopy, discussed at this year's State of the Community, many people are losing faith in the American Dream, the idea that each generation is passing on to the next a chance of a better life. To remedy this, we need to shift our mindset from individual failure and success to a commitment to community well-being. Instead of focusing on isolated needs, we need to look at the problem collectively and address it at its roots. By embracing a collective impact approach, we can solve seemingly intractable problems, like poverty, and change the game for all children and families in Larimer County. “In short,” he shared, “the rules of the game can be changed by those courageous and committed enough to change them.”
“The future of this country depends on children being educated.” - Dr. Scheer.
Artie is going into the fourth grade and struggled with reading. He made an appearance at the end of the video highlighting Colorado Reading Corps partnership with Thompson School District as a graduate of the program.
This past year, Colorado Reading Corps has served 422 students, like Artie, in Thompson School District by providing one-on-one reading interventions with the goal of helping kids read at grade level, which will improve their likelihood to graduate. Since the start of the program, 93% of the kids have shown academic improvement.
To show their support of the program, Thompson School District's Superintendent Dr. Stan Scheer presented United Way with a $10,000 check from the District's READ Act dollars to help pay for Reading Corps' continued contributions to Thompson School District and their families.
Click here to see Dr. Scheer's speech and check presentation.
This year's State of the Community highlighted Intel's tremendous impact on our community. Tamara has been the campaign coordinator for Intel's employee giving campaign for the past 3 years and shared how United Way's work aligns perfectly with their dedication to investing today for future success.
If you want to make real change, don't show up to the potluck with just a fork - that's what Ginny Riley taught us as the 2015 LIVE UNITED Community Collaboration award winner. For the past 35 years, Ginny has helped transform our community by bringing her ideas and gifts to the table. By putting in the effort and work to make those ideas a reality, Ginny has illustrated that you can't just show up expecting to be handed things on a plate.
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