CodeGeek started out as a local company wanting to make a great, local impact in the digital space. Over the course of the past 20+ years, we’ve had the pleasure of expanding that impact worldwide, but we always keep in mind our roots and our investment in and responsibility for the local Fort Collins community.
There is more to us than just website design and development. We hope that our presence in Fort Collins helps make this a better place to live for everyone. And one way we do that is by partnering with others who share this higher purpose of giving back.
Read below to learn more about how we remain involved and engaged in our local community.
In 2008, CodeGeek Founder and CEO Ron Zasadzinski, co-founded the Fort Collins Internet Pros (FCIP) Meetup with marketing professional Laurie Macomber and developer Debbie Campbell. Our CodeGeek team continues to organize FCIP, which connects local web professionals, such as designers, programmers, and marketers.
The topics alternate between technology and marketing topics, and we have brought in speakers from around and beyond the Fort Collins area to discuss solopreneurship, responsive images, user experience, various software platforms, behavioral hiring practices, and more. Through FCIP, freelancers have teamed up to collaborate on projects, agencies have found quality employees to hire, and business owners have found web development and design partners.
FCIP partners with local businesses to host these meetups, and we also partner with local organizations such as Fort Collins Startup Week for special community events. FCIP also has brought together locally invested businesses as sponsors, including Warehouse Twenty One and Brillity Digital.
CodeGeek is proud to be a Business Member for Realities For Children. Realities For Children provides for the unmet and ongoing support needs of children in Northern Colorado who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.
In 2019, Realities For Children distributed $900,687 in core services, 4,191 children attended youth activities, 3,458 children received emergency services, and 5,765 children received needed items.
Visit the Realities For Children website to learn more about supporting this amazing organization and all they do so that no child is forgotten. You can also check out their presentation from a recent Fort Collins Internet Pros Meetup.
WordCamp offers local conferences around the country for anyone who currently or desires to work with WordPress—designers, developers, marketers, small business owners and more. CodeGeek employees regularly attend the Denver-based conference to continue learning and expanding our skill sets. And in 2016 and 2019, we combined our professional development with service by volunteering for those conferences.
Fort Collins Startup Week (now Founded in FoCo)
CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Startup Week (now Founded in FoCo). Led by local entrepreneurs and hosted in amazing spaces all over town, this annual event is a free, five-day celebration that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. Check out The CodeGeek Room from FCSW 2020!
You are a big part of why we are putting this week together. I think your commitment to your community, as I have experienced it through the years, sets you apart from most here and elsewhere.Andrew Schneider, past organizer of Fort Collins Startup Week
CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Comic Con, which brings together fans of all sorts of interests, the local business community, local artists, and fandom experts. Proceeds from this geektastic event, which premiered in 2015, benefit the Poudre River Public Library District.
Fort Collins Pond Hockey League (FCPHL) started in 1992 on a local pond in Fort Collins. Even though the pond is part of the city’s natural areas, the maintenance and organization is strictly done by volunteers with no assistance from the city. CodeGeek supports the league by donating website development time, and our CEO and Founder Ron Zasadzinski also regularly takes to the ice.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the FCPHL provides pond hockey in its truest form: outside and free of charge. It’s goal is to build community by having different people of different backgrounds coming together to enjoy outdoor recreation and have a sense of ownership in the maintenance of the pond for the greater good. The FCPHL also raises funds to teach underprivileged kids the great game of hockey and help individual hockey players and their families in times of need.
CodeGeek is full of hockey lovers, so we are also a proud corporate sponsor of the Fort Collins Adult Hockey Association (FCAHA). FCAHA helps bring the great sport of hockey to Fort Collins, pulling together 20-30 local teams per year and keeping Edora Pool and Ice Center busy during the hockey season. FCAHA is a drafted league, which makes it one of less than 5% of drafted leagues in the country.
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (FCCR) is a “Limited Admission, Adoption Guarantee Shelter.” This means they need to limit how many cats and kittens they take in due to space and financial restrictions, but they guarantee that every feline they rescue will be put up for adoption or will stay with them until it finds its forever home.
CodeGeek has been a proud sponsor of Fort Collins Cat Rescue and its annual gala Whiskers ‘N’ Wags Jubilee. In addition, a few of our team members have spent time volunteering at the shelter, and some of our furry companions once called FCCR their home.
Also in 2008, Ron Zasadzinski co-founded the Social Media Round Table with Laurie Macomber. Our CodeGeek team continued to organize this bi-monthly peer-to-peer discussion through March of 2018, which brought together social media professionals and those using social media as part of their business strategies.
This group, now called the Digital Marketing Round Table, still continues to meet in various locations around Old Town to help support the local economy, all the while discussing and debating effective (or not effective) social media strategies and the latest trends and techniques.
Our friends at simplyHR, LLC in Fort Collins created Define the Line, a comic book to address sexual harassment in the workplace. As official backers of their Kickstarter, we are excited and honored to have been a part of making this new, game-changing training tool a reality.
Time To Vote is a nonpartisan movement led by the business community to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our country’s elections.
We’re proud to join almost two thousand U.S. businesses allowing employees the opportunity to get out and vote so that they don’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and casting their ballots.
Every company is unique. Yet, more than 500 CEOs, including our very own, are united by these nonpartisan values: Every American has a voice in our democracy. Voting should be safe and accessible to all. Elections should be fair and transparent.
We’re proud to be 100% In for democracy. Are you in?
A key principle of accessibility is to design flexible experiences so that as many people as possible can use and enjoy those experiences. For our part, we are immensely dedicated to creating accessible websites.
That’s why we became an official sponsor of WordPress Accessibility Day on October 2, 2020, a free, 24-hour global event dedicated to addressing website accessibility in WordPress.
Women Who Code is on a mission to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Members receive resources, networking and leadership opportunities, scholarships and so much more.
When we launched our brand-new website in November 2021, we challenged our team and our community to spread the word. And if our site received 1000 site visits that month, we pledged to donate $250 to this amazing organization.
Together, we not only met our goal, we surpassed it! So on Giving Tuesday, we excitedly fulfilled our pledge by providing a life-changing scholarship through a bootcamp sponsorship.