LaFarge Offers Community Grants

LaFarge West just kicked off its annual “Building Blocks of Our Community” program. Through the program they provide grants to help pay for construction materials for local community projects. I just inserted the entire press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS:
December 13, 2006

CONTACTS:
M.L. Tucker, 303-657-4329 (office), m.l.tucker@lafarge-na.com
John Van Voorhis, 303-657-4371 (office), John.vanvoorhis@lafarge-na.com

DENVER – Lafarge West, Inc., the Rocky Mountain region’s largest supplier of construction materials, is hosting its annual “Building Blocks of Our Community” grant program, that offers up to $30,000 for the construction materials (aggregate, asphalt, concrete, or a combination thereof) needed to realize one local community group’s dream project.

Now in its eleventh year, the Building Blocks of Our Community grant program is available to local grassroots community groups in Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties that have little or no access to public or other private funding sources. Interested groups must complete an official Building Blocks of Our Community grant application and submit it to Lafarge by Monday, January 15, 2007. An application can be requested by sending an email to buildingblocks@lafarge-na.com. Questions about the grant program may also be directed to this email address.

“We developed this program as another way for our company to remain connected to the cities and towns that we also call home,” said Bob Cartmel, President of the Western U.S. region of Lafarge. “We’ve already donated more than $290,000 to ten local grassroots community groups that are making a difference in neighborhoods throughout the metro area. Every Lafarge employee takes great pride in this program because it gives us a chance to show how our products can transform a piece of land into a shared source of pride for an entire community.”

Each year, Lafarge receives around 50 applications for its grant program. A blue ribbon panel of judges who represent different sectors of the metro area will review the applications and select one proposed project that they believe has the highest priority within the scope of the funds available. This year’s judges will select a grant recipient by late January 2007.

Past projects awarded a Building Blocks of Our Community grant include: a multi-use volleyball/tennis/basketball court; a youth baseball facility; a youth skateboard park; a concrete foundation for a youth treatment facility; construction materials for a local historical museum; a new parking lot for a residential treatment facility; landscaping and a parking area for handicapped drop-off at a local community center; improvements to a community center for immigrant workers, a base for a synthetic baseball field designed for children who use wheelchairs and prosthetic devices, and a parking lot and concrete for a child abuse education and treatment facility.

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LAFARGE WEST, INC.
10170 Church Ranch Way, Suite 200, Westminster, Colorado 80021
Telephone: (303) 657-4000 Facsimile: (303) 657-4037

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