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Community Involvement

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.

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


This year was a little different for all of us. Keeping health and safety a top priority, our 2020 volunteer efforts focused on “distance” volunteer opportunities and monetary donations:

  • Service-to-Go Kits - assembled at home then brought to a United Way donation drop. These kits provide meaningful resources for individuals, families, and children in need. Basic needs are vital to individuals with chronic conditions and for children and families in crisis needing temporary support.
  • Project Linus - a non-profit organization that provides new handmade blankets to children in need. Blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.
  • Monetary donation to United Way of Larimer County Community Emergency Response Fund which allows UW to respond to emergency needs as a result of the Cameron Peak Fire and prepare for future potential flooding in the area. In addition, the Fund will continue to support both immediate and longer-term needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Monetary donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County which depends on community support in order to complete their mission of providing a safe environment for youth to shine; through excellent programs, free meals and a place to call home.
  • Employees also served their local churches, schools and neighborhoods in various ways.


  • Employees spent their time helping out at local schools, in classrooms and on fieldtrips.
  • Volunteering at Tax Help Colorado - a free tax service for families and individuals in need.
  • They assisted 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 raised money for The Matthews House - a non-profit organization focused on helping youth and families disrupt the cycle of poverty and abuse; as well as spent time there helping with decorating, food, and entertainment for the youth birthdays.
  • Participated in the Fall Equinox race down the Poudre Canyon - Equinox is a proud supporter of the local community. The event is proud to donate proceeds from the race to these groups to support them in their work, charitable cause, passions, and growth! Poudre Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, Lower Poudre Canyon Association, Save the Poudre: Poudre Water Keepers, Fort Collins High School Cross Country Team, Poudre High School Cross Country Team, Rocky Mountain High School Cross Country Team, Severance High School Cross Country Team, Book Trust, Colorado State University Zero Waste Team.
  • Volunteered at the Wild West Relay, a 24-hour/200 mile relay race from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs to raise money for participating local non-profit organizations.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • USCI held a blood drive, 20 employees gave 15 pints of blood. This effort directly impacts the lives of 30 people needing blood.
  • In November, USCI 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.”
  • 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...


  • 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
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