As one of Colorado’s financial services firms, Townsend has a commitment to improving and sustaining our local communities. Townsend is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. Through the efforts of our Townsend team volunteers and our contributions, we share our success within the community by giving back to nonprofits like The Salvation Army, CASA and educational institutions such as Front Range Community College.
Educating the community has been an ongoing goal for Westminster-based Townsend. Our team is dedicated to making financial education a priority to all age groups within the community. With our financial advisors serving the Denver metro area, Townsend hopes to educate individuals on money management, banking skills, checking and savings account skills, and credit status.
7Everyday Hero Award
The 7Everyday Hero Award is presented to Coloradans who are making a difference in their community. Congratulations, Jeff Townsend!
Townsend Business Scholarship
For most Front Range Community College students, college is not an assumption, but an aspiration. For many, financial assistance is essential. Yet each year FRCC Foundation must turn down almost 80 percent of the applicants asking for scholarship aid because there is just not enough money.
The fact is, Colorado families are struggling. Laid-off workers are seeking retraining, and few students can afford the exorbitant tuition costs of a four–year institution. Unfortunately the state’s education budget has seen significant reductions, and federal and state financial aid sources are also dividing. More and more individuals are depending on the FRCC Foundation scholarships to attend college.
The FRCC contributors are people who care deeply about the importance of higher education. Support from companies, individuals and the surrounding community makes college education accessible for deserving, driven and capable students. These students display a true commitment to education and a strong desire to better their lives, but lack the financial resources to pursue their dreams of a higher education. Today, since the Foundation’s inception, more than $4 million in scholarships, grants, and program assistance has been awarded to thousands of students as well as faculty and staff members.
The FRCC Foundations scholarship awards are part of a comprehensive program — not just a financial transaction. The scholars of the FRCC are a part of something much larger that extends beyond graduation. This foundation has been named that Scholarship Success Program and is recognized as a “real difference maker” toward helping students go to college, stay in college and graduate. The main goal of the Scholarship Success Program is not simply to ensure that each Scholar earns a degree. The ultimate objective is to be certain that every FRCC Foundation Scholar is positioned to begin a productive career in their community upon graduation.
The Townsend Business Scholarship demonstrates a belief in, and commitment to, the positive impact Front Range Community College is making in the students and our local community. We are honored to be a part of an investment that provides much-needed financial support directly to individual students that need it most.
The Salvation Army
William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, was a special type of person, dedicating his life to helping individuals in London who were considered outcasts of society — the homeless, the hungry, the poor and the destitute. Because an army can do more than individuals working independently, these social and spiritual visionaries have joined forces to form an elite group known as the William Booth Society. Jeff Townsend and wife Cayle Townsend became members of the George Scott Railton Circle of the William Booth Society in 2007, one of the most prestigious donor organizations.
It takes a special type of person to give of one’s self to make life better for others. Jeff Townsend is one. He is someone who is always looking for ways to give back to the community and help those in need. Jeff makes it a priority to make sure The Salvation Army is always involved in the company’s big events. Townsend puts on an annual client conference where we ask all clients who attend to bring perishable items for The Salvation Army. Come winter, we pair up with other local businesses, organizing a coat drive. As an industry expert and top financial advisor, Jeff Townsend has received several awards. With these awards, Jeff can receive a plaque or make a donation in his name to the charity of his choice, and Jeff always asks for a donation to be made out to The Salvation Army. Recently, Townsend received an award from The Salvation Army for Doing The Most Good through various contributions.
Like the founder of The Salvation Army, Jeff Townsend sees the potential to change the world by redeeming the lives of the lost. The time, effort and contributions made by Jeff Townsend empower the Army to provide life-changing programs and services in other local communities. Townsend believes that every life changed is a shining victory, a victory that expresses compassion and commitment. As a team, we feel blessed to be given the opportunity to make the difference in the world. On behalf of the Townsend team, Jeff Townsend has inspired us to bring new hope, fresh beliefs and shine the light on those in need. Through Jeff Townsend’s various charitable efforts, we have learned to become an army of salvation. To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit their website.
CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is based on the belief that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home. By thoroughly exploring each child’s background, dedicated and intensively trained CASA volunteers are able to assess each child’s situation and make objective recommendations to the court. The child may be placed with parents, in foster care or available for permanent adoption. CASA volunteers are appointed to gather information in child abuse and neglect cases and speak to the court on behalf of the needs of the children.
Children with a CASA volunteer are shown to be more likely to graduate from high school, obtain needed community services and spend less time in the child welfare system.
As the Colorado statewide coordinating agency for the CASA network, Colorado CASA has provided the following services: support and technical assistance to local CASA programs; development of new CASA programs in the state; creation of opportunities for communication, networking, sharing information, resource development, and support for CASA program staff; dissemination of current information to local CASA programs regarding federal and state legislation, policy changes, trends in child welfare, court improvement, and court decisions that impact the work of CASA programs; and increased awareness of CASA work and the needs of children who are abused and neglected to targeted groups and the public.
Townsend Retirement Specialists has become a sponsor of the CASA Organization in hopes to make a difference in children’s lives. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or sponsoring a CASA event, please visit their website.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.
Sept. 11 also served as a stimulus for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror. Operation New Dawn refers to the conclusion of operations in Iraq beginning September 1, 2010 and ending December 15, 2011.
Townsend Retirement Specialists has become a donor to the Wounded Warrior Project in hopes of making a difference in those who served on the battlefield. If you are interested in learning more or making a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit their website.
A Precious Child — Supporting Children in Colorado
The number of children living in poverty has grown faster in Colorado than anywhere else in the nation. The 2010 Kids Count in Colorado report found the number of Colorado children living at or below the federal poverty level has risen 72 percent between 2000 and 2008 and the number of children in Colorado public schools eligible for free or reduced lunch grew by 38 percent in 2007. Ensuring that children are properly clothed and have the necessary supplies to participate in school can have a dramatic effect because it helps children stay in school, promotes learning, and encourages self-esteem.
Townsend Retirement Specialists has been a sponsor of A Precious Child since 2009. To learn more about how you can become involved with A Precious Child, visit their website.