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Week Of Special Interest 02/28/18
Photo courtesy: Community Forest Program

By La Voz Staff

Community Forester Program

Denverites looking to make a real difference in the beauty and long-term health of Denver’s urban forest are encouraged to join the Community Forester Program, championed by The Park People and Denver Parks and Recreation. No experience is necessary to attend the five-session training, which begins March 10, 2018. The deadline to register is March 2.

Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC)

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC), operating as an initiative of Rose Community Foundation, announced that it will become its own entity beginning in 2019 with transition work underway for all operations and fiscal accountability.  LCFC is one of only a few Latino community foundations in the country. As part of the announcement, the Colorado Health Foundation announced a lead gift of $1 million over four years.  The contribution will go towards operations for the LCFC, whose goal is to raise $ 3 million by the end of the year.

DPS families provided free Internet access

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is helping Denver families access the Internet through the MyTech program. Many families are unable to afford home Internet, creating an opportunity gap for some students. MyTech, which provides students in 14 DPS schools with one-to-one technology thanks to $10 million in bond funds, looked to community partners to identify options for providing Internet access to families throughout the school district. “The MyTech computer and Internet access has helped me get a hold of my teachers quickly and access class work efficiently,” said Arbay, a freshman at North High School. “I would not have had Internet access at home without this Wi-Fi hotspot provided to me. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

Our Government

White House

Last week, the President released the details of his infrastructure plan which will provide Federal funding to help repair and modernize rural infrastructure, including broadband. The President’s plan dedicates $50 billion to rural infrastructure, accounting for 25 percent of all Federal spending in the plan. These funds will be awarded directly to the states, giving them the flexibility they need to address their individual rural infrastructure needs.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, unveiled a bipartisan plan for providing quality health care and controlling costs for consumers. “The health care debate is far from over and governors have become leading voices,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We must balance our most urgent priorities, while taking a bipartisan, transparent approach to finding long-term solutions.” Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

Denver Mayor

Denver’s new five-year housing policy, strategy and investment plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver, was adopted by Denver City Council. “The adoption of our plan is a milestone in our work to ensure safe, affordable and accessible housing for every Denver resident,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This plan will guide our future housing investments in a way that reflects our city’s values, especially when it comes to helping lift up those residents that need our support the most.” Michael B. Hancock said.





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