DENVER — The Walmart Foundation’s Colorado State Giving Program has awarded $321,000 to eight Colorado nonprofits that are helping to fund local programs to improve education, women’s economic empowerment and healthy eating, as well as to fight hunger. The organizations include We Don’t Waste, Lapuente Home, Care and Share, Kids Aid, Project Angel Heart, Women’s Resource Agency, Broadway Assistance Center and Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado.
“When businesses take their responsibility to the community seriously everybody wins,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "We are fortunate that many businesses, like Walmart, partner with nonprofits across the state. Working together we are helping to make a difference and improve the lives of all Coloradans."
"Walmart is proud to support the efforts of these phenomenal organizations that make a huge impact in communities throughout Colorado," stated Ben Hassing, SVP Walmart. "Through State Giving Program, Walmart is able to donate funds directly to local organizations that, in turn, assist people who have the greatest need in our communities from providing nutritious food to the underserved to giving women in need help in becoming self sufficient to aiding those with disabilities."
In 2012, the Walmart Foundation and stores throughout the state awarded more than $14.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of Colorado communities.