According to their website, “The Walmart Foundation strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities including our customers and associates. Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, the Walmart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in our four main focus areas: education, workforce development/economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness.” The support mentioned comes in the form of grants, awarded to organizations that also focus on those four categories. As you may know, at Mile High Youth Corps, we encompass all of them. After reviewing our grant application, Walmart chose to award a $25,000 sponsorship to our Summer of Service (SOS) crews.
Summer of Service crews work on public lands throughout the Front Range region, removing invasive plant species from local waterways, such as tamarisk and Russian olive; constructing recreational and safety access trails; and completing necessary fire fuel mitigation. Though MHYC promotes healthy lifestyles, education, and workforce development, environmental sustainability is the primary focus of Summer of Service crew work. Such crucial land services promote accessibility and safety for the nearly 75% of Colorado residents who utilize and benefit from the state’s natural resources. MHYC Corpsmembers define what it means to live and work in Colorado by contributing to the local economy’s most widely accessed resource.
We at Mile High Youth Corps send a very large “thank you” to Walmart for such a gracious contribution to the development and operations of our 2012 Summer of Service crews. The work of MHYC Corpsmembers couldn’t be done without support from foundations such as Walmart.