Echelon Property Group Donates to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

At Echelon Property Group, we are seeing firsthand how the economic impact of this crisis is affecting our residents and neighbors. It has been amazing to see how we have all joined together to help our residents and one another during this unprecedented time. What we may not be able to witness, however, is the impact on the most vulnerable in our community, the homeless population of Colorado.

Given this incredibly difficult time our Principals, Drake Powell and Bryan Stern, each took action to match all employee donations made to support the efforts of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. We were able to donate $7,500 as a result of this fund drive. We will continue to support the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to assist in providing housing, healthcare, vocational, and supportive services, that create lasting solutions to homelessness.

Aimco Celebrates 15 Years of Giving Back

Aimco, a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is one of the largest owners and operators of apartment homes in the United States. The company’s shares are included in the S&P 500 and are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIV.

Aimco business activities are defined by a commitment to their mission, vision, and the values which shape the Aimco culture. This year, the company and its team members celebrated 15 years of Aimco Cares, Aimco’s team-driven volunteer and philanthropic program. Their roughly 1,000 team members nationwide organized over 120 service activities and volunteered more than 4,000 hours to commemorate the anniversary.

“Our goal with Aimco Cares is to care for both the Aimco family and the communities in which we live and work,” said Terry Considine, Aimco Chairman and CEO. “Our commitment to serve others is one reason Aimco has been recognized consistently as a top place to work.”

Through Aimco Cares, all Aimco teammates receive 15 hours of paid time annually to volunteer in their local communities. Each hour volunteered is eligible for a $15 financial match for the nonprofit organization of the team member’s choosing. This is in addition to other benefits provided through Aimco Cares, including a scholarship fund for students of team members, an emergency fund to help teammates in crisis, and support for Aimco team members becoming United States citizens.

Highmark Residential Hosts May Fundraiser for American Red Cross

The American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters each year, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions and other natural and man-made disasters.

The American Red Cross has been extremely valuable to Highmark and our residents when faced with unfortunate disasters in our communities.  Highmark Residential is proud to support The American Red Cross by encouraging volunteer efforts and donations to this worthy organization.

Highmark has designated the month of May to be our fundraising month for the American Red Cross.  Each May Highmark associates will be given the opportunity to contribute to the American Red Cross via payroll deductions.

As a Ready 365 partner, Highmark Residential continued this year with its annual partnership supporting the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign ( a life-saving initiative that is making communities safer all across the nation). ) Additionally the company activated its co-branded Red Cross microsite to raise money from employees – with a generous corporate match to support Hurricane Dorian disaster relief.

In 2019, Highmark Residential was able to contribute $7,035 to the Home Fire Preparedness campaign and $5,570 to the Hurricane Dorian campaign


Lincoln Property Company Empowers Financial Success

We are Lincoln Charities. We are for people. Our goal is to try to add hope to an impossible situation and to reset things to zero financially to empower the next step after a catastrophe.

Our mission is to serve our employees and their families in times of need, distress, or tragedy. We are dedicated to the purpose of inspiring hope and restoring welfare through the generosity of our employees, residents, and business partners.

Simpson Property Group Hosts Make a Difference Day

Every October, Simpson Property Group hosts a Make a Difference Day event across the country. Employees select organizations to volunteer their time at, including Wellspring, Volunteers of America, Shiloh House, and Zuma’s Ranch. We choose to support organizations that align with our core beliefs and the services that we offer.

We spent our day performing a variety of activities, including assisting adults with disabilities, feeding the homeless, sorting food at the food bank, painting and cleaning, spending time with children from low income families, and winterizing the ranch. We volunteered over 600 hours in Colorado with these organizations. Nationwide, we volunteered over 4,000 hours to over 20 organizations during Make a Difference Day 2018.

RedPeak Volunteers Two Days with Extreme Community Makeover

2 days with Extreme Community Makeover, on multiple projects throughout the Denver Urban neighborhoods. Extreme Community Makeover is a partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects.

During our volunteer days, we clean up alley ways from debris and overgrowing weeds, as well as completed house projects for residents in the Westwood neighborhood, SE of downtown Denver. RedPeak was happy to devote a day helping out our neighbors and residents of these neighborhoods, since after all
we are a Denver based and Denver focused company.

CWS Employees Participate in B.R.I.D.G.E. Program

Our employees participate in the B.R.I.D.G.E. program by volunteering at any institution, agency or community service program. CWS contributions to the chosen cause by rewarding each employee $20 per hour for each volunteer hour contributed up to
12 hours per year ($240). Half of the funds are given to employee to donate as they wish and the other half is pooled together for larger donations to be given out at the end of each year.

As a company in 2017 through our team member’s hard work and dedication we raised $110,032, which was donated back the organizations we supported. Some of the non-profit events CWS employees’ participated in last year include; Stand Up Cancer, Code Red Heart.org, Safehouse Denver and Project Linus. The Colorado region received nation recognition for contributing over 300 hours of volunteering in 2018.

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Mission Rock Supporters Ronald MacDonald House Charities

Mission Rock is proud to provide volunteer support to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. They are an independent nonprofit organization that provides a home environment for families when they have a hospitalized child.
The families are provided with home-cooked meals, private rooms, and playrooms for the siblings. This allows a family to focus on the health of their child, rather than cooking meals or cleaning. The Ronald McDonald House helps millions of families with sick children find comfort and support.

Zocalo Partners with Re:Vision to Build Employee Taskforce

At Zócalo, it is a core value to rebuild and strengthen vibrant, inclusive, equitable communities. We created the Zócalo Partnership to extend our commitment beyond our daily operations and create a robust partnership that allows us to support causes and nonprofits through giving, volunteer efforts and engagement at our properties. 

In 2018, our staff selected Re:Vision, a Denver-based nonprofit working with people in the Westwood neighborhood to cultivate thriving, resilient communities, as our partner. Beginning in January 2019 and running through December 2020, Zócalo will partner with Re:Vision to strengthen the neighborhood by building an employee task force to direct our work together, scheduling annual volunteer days, providing a $10,000 financial contribution, and engaging residents in drives and volunteer efforts at each of our properties.

Starry Connects Denver Housing Authority Residents with Affordable Internet Service

Starry, Inc., a technology and internet service member of AAMD has entered into a partnership with the Denver Housing Authority (DHA).  They now provide low-cost internet access for DHA’s affordable and public housing portfolio.  More than 600 households at VIDA in West Denver and Connole Apartments and Thomas Bean Towers in East Denver will have the option to subscribe to Starry’s simple, no-long-term contract at $15/month.  The plan includes no-data caps plan of 30mbps download/upload speed, with installation. Starry will also provide DHA free internet access in the common areas, computer labs, and administrative offices within these buildings.

Denver Housing Authority provides affordable housing to more than 26,000 very low, low, and middle-income residents. Through this partnership, Starry and DHA are lowering barriers to broadband adoption by offering a low-cost solution without requiring residents to meet complex eligibility conditions. Starry Connect will be expanded throughout all DHA communities as Starry continues to expand its network footprint across metro Denver.

“Having a reliable high-speed internet connection in the home is essential to everything we do, but for many people, paying for quality broadband access is a financial strain or beyond their reach,” said Starry CEO and co-founder Chet Kanojia. “We launched Starry Connect last year in an effort to put high-quality broadband within financial reach of more families and individuals. By partnering directly with owners of affordable and public housing, we can create tailored and innovative approaches to bridging digital inequalities across these communities. We are excited to partner with DHA on Starry Connect and look forward to expanding this program within the DHA portfolio.”

“Through our ConnectHome Denver initiative, DHA is committed to a comprehensive digital inclusion strategy that ensures our residents are digitally educated; with access to digital technology; and connected to affordable internet service where they live,” stated Ismael Guerrero, DHA Executive Director. “Starry has proven to be a great partner in bridging the digital divide with affordable connectivity.”

The economic and social benefits of broadband access in the home are well known, yet according to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 20 million Americans still lack access to a high-speed internet broadband connection.1 And, nearly half of lower-income Americans do not have a broadband connection at home.2 In Colorado, the Colorado Broadband Office estimates that 150,000 households do not have access to  basic broadband.3 Data collected by BROADBANDNOW finds that nearly 430,000 people in Colorado are without access to a wired connection capable of 25mbps download speeds.4

“Internet access is often viewed as an amenity or luxury. At Starry we believe internet access is a necessity that everyone should have access to, regardless of location or financial means,” said Starry’s Denver General Manager Stephan Andrade. “Starry Connect is a clear demonstration of our commitment to serving our local community and we look forward to continuing to grow and expand our footprint across the entire Denver metro area.”

Starry officially launched its service in Denver last April.