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Community Involvement

U.S. Career Institute’s parent company, Weston Distance Learning, encourages employee involvement in community service and philanthropy. Our school is also focused on creating healthier, safer, and stronger communities in which all people can enjoy living.

“We Teach People to Change Their Lives.”

What You Should Know

The people who work hard to make your educational experience a positive one are also out in the community volunteering their time to encourage community involvement, engagement, and support.

To further promote community involvement, employees are given four hours of paid leave per calendar year for volunteer work. Weston Distance Learning also contributes financially to support this endeavor by matching total combined employee contributions up to $5,000 annually.

This includes selected company sponsored charitable events, donating courses each year to eligible individuals, and participating in the United Way Workplace Campaign. In addition, the company is a United Way Business Cares Member, which means that we partner with United Way to contribute to our local community.


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


  • USCI 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.


  • Breast Cancer Awareness: iPad mini raffle donation and internal staff fundraising
  • Northern Colorado Flood of 2013: employees organized fundraiser activity to support those affected
  • School Is Cool: fundraising to buy backpacks and fill with supplies for 30 children
  • National Volunteer month: Weston employees created hygiene kits for the local homeless shelter
  • Project Self Sufficiency: Weston employees donated board games for children to use at functions for this local single parenting organization.
  • Crossroads Safehouse: staff coordinated gift donations to support this shelter for victims of domestic violence, so children could “shop” for parent holiday gifts


  • United Way Business Cares Program: partnership to promote volunteerism in our organization, as well as raising $3,755 to benefit Larimer County projects.Read more
  • Partners Mentoring Youth: staff participated in the run/walk 5k St. Patty’s Day “Sharin’ o’ the Green 5k”, which benefitted the Partners Mentoring Youth.
  • Relay for Life team: our team raised over $1,500 for cancer research and awareness! Read more
  • High Park Wildfire:The western foothills of our local community were devastated by this fire over the summer. 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. Read more


  • United Ways Make a Difference Day campaign: 12 employees volunteered for various projects for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Partners Mentoring Youth: Throughout the holiday season, we held a fundraisers for a local organization that helps at-risk youth.
  • 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, contributing a final count of 250 breakfasts donated.
  • Started 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 lbs of food donated to the Larimer County Food Bank.

Where U.S. Career Institute 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 U.S. Career Institute 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, of which $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 U.S. Career Institute 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