Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance recently awarded grants totaling $209,500 to 11 Colorado nonprofits in the first of two grant-making cycles for 2019. These grants enable Pinnacol to extend its reach beyond typical workers’ compensation insurance benefits to support programs that help injured workers get back to work after injury and stay healthy and to ensure that Colorado has a robust business climate and the workforce it needs.
“Our grant program is a powerful expression of our commitment to caring for the Colorado communities in which we live and work,” said Edie Sonn, Pinnacol’s vice president of communications and public affairs. “Community grants like these extend Pinnacol’s impact to important initiatives that are foundational to our mission and reason for existing, like enhancing care for injured workers, supporting Colorado’s economic vitality, and supporting efforts that improve safety and overall wellness for all of Colorado’s workers.”
One of Pinnacol’s 11 community grants goes to support care coordination initiatives of the Chanda Plan Foundation that improve rehabilitation service for injured workers. Chanda Plan Executive Director Chanda Hinton, MNM, said, “We offer care coordination so that all participants have help navigating cumbersome processes that come from living with a long-term physical disability. Care coordination ensures our participants are receiving the services they need, both within the health center and beyond. The care coordinator meets with all participants to help them navigate complex institutions, enroll in programs and access resources to enable individuals to regain independence in the community.”
The recipients are listed within their grant categories.
Rehabilitative Health Services
- The Chanda Plan Foundation supports care coordination at the Chanda Center for Health.
- Craig Hospital Foundation supports patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, attaining positive outcomes through investments in a major equipment upgrade as well as growing therapeutic recreation and community reintegration programs.
Employee Safety and Health
- Colorado Safety Association supports safety training and services for employees outside the Denver metro area.
- University of Colorado Foundation (Colorado School of Public Health) addresses the national and regional shortages of board eligible and board certified occupational medicine physicians by funding a fellow pathway.
- Colorado School of Public Health supports the expansion of the Total Worker Health program.
Economic Vitality and Workforce Development
- Boulder Chamber of Commerce supports recruiting, hiring and training programs for Boulder-area businesses.
- Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program supports leadership programming for youth in Colorado’s rural areas.
- Colorado Mesa University Foundation offers support for the growing Electrical Lineworker Certificate program at Western Colorado Community College.
- Colorado Succeeds makes investments in their work-based learning toolkit for Colorado employers.
- Community Partnership for Child Development supports the Two-Generation Career Pathways program, which helps low-income parents and caregivers improve their lives while children receive a quality education in early childhood.
- Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado funds access to the Primary+ training program.
- Goodwill Industries of Denver provides funding for industry-recognized certifications that prepare participants for lasting careers in the financial services industry.
- Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain funds a JA entrepreneurial training program for students.
- Foundation for Colorado Community College System funds workforce development scholarships for students in Colorado’s rural communities to provide scholarships to the following colleges:
- Colorado Northwestern Community College (four scholarships)
- Front Range Community College (four scholarships)
- Lamar Community College (two scholarships)
- Otero Junior College (four scholarships)
- Pueblo Community College (six scholarships)
- Trinidad State Junior College (four scholarships)
- Sedgwick County Economic Development expands community and student assessment, mentoring and internship placement, and entrepreneur programming to the six-county region of Northeastern Colorado.
Pinnacol will conduct its next grant award cycle in fall 2019. Interested organizations can find more information at pinnacol.com/community-relations.