This is What Strengthens Colorado Communities

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Anadarko Employees volunteer for Basket of Joy, where 6,000 fruit baskets are packed and delivered to metro-area seniors before the Holidays.

Guest blog By Amy Venturi, Director of Social Investment at Anadarko Petroleum, longtime supporter of Volunteers of America and valued volunteer

As a Coloradan and employee of the oil and natural gas industry, I am speaking on behalf of Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) to tell you that fracking benefits us all – personally, my family and my community.

I chose to work in the oil and natural gas industry because, like me, the moms and dads in our industry are dedicated to giving back to Colorado. As part of my role with Anadarko, I quickly introduced my company to one of the area’s strongest non-profit organizations, Volunteers of America (VOA), and since that time, the two have worked side-by-side to strengthen and provide valuable services to Colorado families.

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Baskets are packed as part of Basket of Joy. This massive projects makes sure those in need are remembered through the Holiday season.

Anadarko’s community involvement is indicative of the industry’s support for our local communities, charities and non-profits. In 2013, more than 200 oil and natural gas employees volunteered at the VOA, and the industry donated about $100,000 to the organization.

These donations and volunteer hours have helped VOA equip classrooms with school supplies, brightened the lives of Colorado seniors with holiday baskets and provided shelter to victims of domestic violence, among many other worthwhile causes.

A statewide fracking ban would dramatically reduce the industry’s ability to invest in Colorado, which would have devastating effects on organizations like the VOA and countless other non-profits that depend upon a vibrant oil and natural gas industry for funding and volunteer support.

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The group photo! After a day of giving back, Andadarko employees are still smiling and ready for more.

So when CRED talks about fracking’s benefits, it goes far beyond just the industry. It spans into every corner of the state—touching the lives of every Coloradan.

As a supporter of the VOA, it’s vitally important for every single Coloradan to seek the truth about fracking in Colorado, to recognize the fundamental role it plays in our modern lives and the benefits it carries for hundreds of organizations that serve all Coloradans.

This is what happens when we work with the Home Depot

photo 2Marine Corporal Sean Terry served the United States honorably from January 2001 to January 2005. Terry did two tours fighting in Iraq, where he was also awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery and service. Terry and his wife, Robyn, have been married for 11 years and have three young daughters. He was diagnosed with Esophagus cancer in September of 2013. Although he fought like only a Marine can, Terry passed away this past April, leaving his wife and three daughters. While he wrestled with cancer, their home fell into disrepair.

Through its Celebration of Service project, The Home Depot® Foundation awarded $15,000 to Volunteers of America Colorado Branch to be used to renovate the photo 3Terry family home. The renovation included a new backyard fence and play area, so the girls can be safe when they play outside, a drop ceiling, new paint, and a basement remodel to be utilized as an additional bedroom. The home was updated on Thursday, July 10 as part of a massive, one-day renovation project.  Volunteers from the Home Depot were ready to offer their expertise to make sure the Terry family had what they needed.
 
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The Home Depot Foundation’s Celebration of Service initiative supports our nation’s veterans who bravely served our country and made great sacrifices to do so. While serving, the skills and leadership qualities they learn make them valuable assets to communities and businesses. However, veterans and their families can also face major challenges, including housing, unemployment or disabilities.

photo 5Celebration of Service is an extension of The Home Depot Foundation’s larger commitment to improving the homes and lives of deserving families through volunteerism. From landscaping at VA hospitals to retrofitting homes for wheelchair-bound veterans, The Home Depot wants to give back to those who served.

Thank you, Home Depot, for all of your hard work on this project and for helping us provide for America’s veterans!

Jordan Kellerman

Communications Specialist

Volunteers of America Colorado Branch