Aimco Cares, our philanthropic arm, was created to assist team members, contribute to charitable organizations, and have a positive impact on the communities where we do business. Our goals are to take care of the Aimco family and the communities in which we live and work. Aimco has been recognized as one of Colorado's Top Workplaces, due in large part to our Aimco Cares program's success.
We offer an annual scholarship program for college-aged children of team members. Since 2004, Aimco has awarded 491 college scholarships to help team members with the cost of higher education. When team members are faced with unexpected financial emergencies, Aimco Cares 4 U provides help to ease the burden. And when team members are deployed for active military duty, Aimco continues to pay their full salaries and benefits during their service to our country.
Building community is a priority for Aimco. We provide 10 paid hours to each team member annually to volunteer in local communities. Each year, Aimco Cares sponsors two national weeks of community service during which team members collectively contribute thousands of volunteer hours to hundreds of non-profit and community organizations - more than 145 separate events were held nationwide in 2014!
Through the annual Aimco Cares Charity Golf Classic, we have raised nearly $2.93 million for charitable causes since the tournament began in 2004. Beneficiaries have included the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides counseling and support services to children and spouses of military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice; Project Sanctuary, which offers family retreats that offer a constructive and unique way for our nation's heroes to reconnect with loved ones and readjust to life at home; and the Aimco Opportunity Scholarship Fund for college-bound students living in subsidized affordable housing in partnership with the National Leased Housing Association.