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Community Involvement

McKinley College’s parent company, Weston Distance Learning, values community participation and encourages employee involvement in community service and philanthropy. Our school is also focused on creating healthier, safer, and stronger communities for the enjoyment of community members and future generations.

McKinley College’s dedicated faculty work to provide a positive educational experience. And they volunteer their time to encourage community involvement, engagement and support.

Employees are given eight hours of paid leave per calendar year for volunteer work.

Outreach Spotlights

Where McKinley College has helped in 2018:

  • For the month of November employees held a company-wide donation drive to collect supplies and holiday gifts for Crossroads Safehouse. Crossroads offers free safehousing, advocacy, legal assistance, transitional housing, and education to abused adults and their children. They provide assistance to thousands of people in our community every year. A large part of their operation costs are fulfilled by donations and donated goods. On December 4th, Colorado Gives Day, we were able to donate almost 400 items.
  • In December, in addition to November’s drive for supplies, employees also donated their time to assist with Crossroads’ Annual Holiday Gift Shop - helping families to ‘shop’ for each other and take part in the spirit of the holidays.
  • Throughout the year employees volunteered at various organizations in our community. They spent their time helping out at local schools/churches. They assisted onsite with prevention supplies at the Northern Colorado Health Network – an organization that provides compassionate care to individuals & families affected by HIV and other health conditions. They also helped raise money for local charities, including The Matthews House - a non-profit organization focused on helping youth and families disrupt the cycle of poverty and abuse.

Where McKinley College has helped in 2017:

  • Our biggest volunteer accomplishment took place in November. We held an employee-led initiative to gather donations for the Poudre River Friends of the Library. This effort lasted 4 weeks and produced 281 books for donation. The Poudre River Friends of the Library collects used books – some go directly to the Library for use, while the others are sold and the funds are used to support various literacy programs in Fort Collins.
  • In December, employees volunteered their time at the Northern Colorado Aids Project (NCAP) - Fort Collins, in the Prevention and Case Management Departments. They spent their time organizing the food bank and preparing hygiene supplies.
  • Throughout employees volunteered at their local Elementary Schools helping in various ways. Some chose to spend the time in their children’s classrooms, while others helped the school as a whole.
  • Employees also donated their time to Meals on Wheels, helping people who are unable to leave their house or access food.
  • In December, a group of employees volunteered at the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, helping families in need during the holiday season. Volunteers sorted and distributed clothing, toys, bikes, food and gift cards. This effort helped assist 270 families and 1,092 individuals.
  • McKinley held a blood drive, 20 employees gave 15 pints of blood. This effort directly impacts the lives of 30 people needing blood.
  • In November, McKinley had a month of giving, supporting several volunteer projects and holding a food drive. We collected 223 food items and $80 for the local food bank. Employees who participated by bringing in donations or volunteering each placed a leaf on our “Tree of Giving.”

Where McKinley College has helped in 2016:

  • Our company as a whole donated 242 children’s books for a Colorado Business Reads book drive. McKinley College also donated $250 to the Colorado Business Reads Program.

Where McKinley College helped in 2015:

  • McKinley College employees volunteered their time distributing gifts at a local Salvation Army “toy store” during the holidays.
  • In December, employees donated toys for families in need to the Salvation Army.

Where McKinley College helped in 2012:

  • This year, we have partnered with the United Way Business Cares Program to promote volunteerism in our organization. United Way sends weekly emails regarding current volunteer opportunities, which we forward to all employees.
  • In March, several faculty members participated in the St. Patty’s Day “Sharin’ o’ the Green 5k”, which benefited the Partners Mentoring Youth.
  • We put together a team for the Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society this year. We exceeded our goal of donating $1,500 to donate to cancer research and awareness!
  • The western foothills of our local community were devastated by the High Park Wildfire over the summer. Many people lost their homes and our recreational landscape was greatly affected. In response, our company raised over $3,100, which was donated to two employees who were affected and to the volunteer fire departments who worked to contain the fire.
  • Weston Distance Learning partnered with United Way again this year, as a means of helping our local community. In August, through combined employee contributions and a company match of $1,000, we donated a total of $3,755 to the United Way to continue our commitment to keeping Larimer County a special place to live and work.

Biggest Volunteer Accomplishments in 2011:

  • 12 employees volunteered for United Way’s Make a Difference Day campaign, helping with various projects for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Throughout this holiday season, we held a fundraiser for Partners Mentoring Youth, a local organization that helps at-risk youth. Employees supported Partners by paying for extra casual days, as well as a pizza lunch from which all proceeds went to Partners.
  • For the month of November, we helped the homeless by holding a donation drive for breakfast snack bags that are handed out at the local homeless shelter. The snack bags included 3 food items and a drink and our management team assembled the bags once the items were collected. We more than doubled our goal of 100 bags, with a final count of 250 breakfasts donated.
  • We held our first ever Weston Gives United Way campaign, allowing employees to donate to United Way and local nonprofit organizations through automatic payroll deductions.
  • We had a food drive in July and had over 300 pounds of food donated to the Larimer County Food Bank.

Where McKinley College helped in 2011:

  • Relay for Life
  • Northside Atzlan Community Center
  • Larimer County Food Bank
  • Homeless Gear
  • Volunteers of America
  • Fort Collins Natural Areas
  • Fort Collins Read Aloud
  • The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
  • Partners Mentoring Youth

Biggest Volunteer Accomplishments in 2010:

  • 12 employees helped do yard work for Respite Care.
  • Employees helped decorate cookies with the elderly at an assisted living community.
  • 12 employees painted pumpkins for the Women’s Resource Center “Boo Ball.”
  • Employees helped with the “Cans around the Oval” project for the Larimer County Food Bank.

Where McKinley College helped in 2010:

  • Cub Scouts
  • Salvation Army
  • PTA
  • Character Fort Collins
  • Relay for Life
  • Respite Care
  • Little League
  • Northside Atzlan Community Center
  • Larimer County Food Bank
  • Homeless Gear
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Volunteers of America

Biggest Volunteer Accomplishments in 2009:

  • Two teams of ten employees each participated in the SuperStar Sports Challenge this year, benefiting Partners Mentoring Youth, and raised a total of $1,685.
  • Thirteen employees participated in Relay for Life and raised a total of $2,100 ($500 was a company match).
  • Fifty-five employees participated in the Support Our Troops campaign, sending a total of 64 care packages to troops in Afghanistan.

Where McKinley College helped in 2009:

  • Partners Mentoring Youth through SuperStar Sports Challenge
  • American Cancer Society through Relay for Life
  • Support our Troops Drive
  • Salvation Army
  • Secret Santa’s for the Elderly at Clarebridge Assisted Living Facility
  • Crossroads Safehouse
  • Girl/Boy Scouts