HOPE HOUSE OF COLORADO Wins Top $5,000 Donation in Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Citywide Banks NewsHope House of Colorado edged out six other local charities to rally the most votes in Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest. The 15-day Facebook contest aimed to raise awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. Hope House of Colorado will receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, Wild B.I.R.D., will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. The Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children will receive an additional $500 donation for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest.

“Congrats to Hope House of Colorado and its many supporters that spread the word about the nonprofit’s mission and the social media contest,” commented Steve Ebner, first vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “Our Denver community is blessed with so many inspiring organizations impacting our neighbors. Our hope is that this spirited competition has introduced Hope House and the other nominee organizations to many in the community. They all deserve our support and appreciation.”

Hope House of Colorado opened its doors in 2003 with a mission to empower teen moms to become self-sufficient, healthy mothers. It is metro-Denver’s only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Support programs. Additional supportive services include Healthy Relationships and Parenting Programs, Mentoring, Early Learning, Life Skills workshops and certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence. Hope House relies on numerous volunteers and local business partnerships to accomplish its mission.

The organization says the $5,000 donation will go toward the purchase of a used van to transport the girls between the house and resource center and GED program.

A full spotlight article and video on Hope House of Colorado can be viewed at http://denver-business-bank.com/?p=5287. For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.HopeHouseofColorado.org.

Contest Prize Drawing Winners
Winners of the voter prize drawings will be notified within the next week about their prize. The winners were Kyle T. of Denver ($100 Fruition gift card), Meg M. of Denver ($100 Colt & Gray gift card), Angela K. of Aurora ($50 Tony’s Market gift card), Rheannan Q. of Denver  ($25 Starbucks card), Darla V. of Brighton ($25 Starbucks card), Linda R. of Aurora ($25 Starbucks card), Verna M. of Denver (laser pointer pen with USB drive), Marlu B. of Littleton (laser pointer pen with USB drive), and Bill E. of Parker (laser pointer pen with USB drive).

CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ALL THESE NOMINEES

AUTISM SOCIETY OF COLORADO   
The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is to improve the lives of all affected by autism, a disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of communication and social skills. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community. In Colorado, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. At ASC, we work to advocate, inform, and share the journey with those Coloradans impacted by autism.
SEE Video & Spotlight Article  Follow ASC on Facebook

COLORADO ALLIANCE FOR DRUG ENDANGERED CHILDREN 
The Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children promotes the health, safety, and well-being of drug endangered children through statewide training, technical assistance, and advocacy. Children are drug endangered when their caregiver’s substance use or involvement in the illegal drug trade results in child maltreatment or interferes with their ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment. Colorado DEC aims to change the trajectory for drug endangered children and break the intergenerational cycles of substance abuse and child maltreatment.
SEE VIDEO & Spotlight Article   Follow Colorado DEC on Facebook

COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
The Colorado Outward Bound School, founded in 1962 in Marble, Colorado, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, environmental stewardship, and service to others. A COBS course helps individuals and teams discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them.
SEE VIDEO & Spotlight Article   Follow COBS on Facebook

MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF DENVER  

Where Recovery Happens
The Mental Health Center of Denver provides comprehensive, innovative, and accessible mental health, substance abuse, housing, educational, and employment services. A mission of enriching lives and minds by focusing on strengths and recovery underscores its belief that stronger communities are built on a foundation of mental wellness. Recognized as the National Center of Excellence for recovery-focused mental healthcare, its progressive approach to prevention, treatment and recovery is a model for community mental health centers nationwide. 
SEE VIDEO & Spotlight Article   Follow MHCD on Facebook

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANCER ASSISTANCE  
RMCA is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the basic living needs of cancer patients receiving treatment in Colorado. Assistance from RMCA is for rent or mortgage, food, utilities, transportation, and health insurance premiums or COBRA payments, and other non-medical expenses. RMCA’s goal is to continue to provide assistance to every eligible applicant that demonstrates a dire financial situation. Support from RMCA helps cancer patients avoid delaying or ending treatment due to financial stress.
SEE SPOTLIGHT Article  Follow RMCA on Facebook

WILD B.I.R.D. 
Wild B.I.R.D. serves the entire Front Range of Colorado by providing rehabilitation to sick, injured, and abandoned baby birds brought in by the public, local parks and recreation departments, Colorado Division of Wildlife, local police departments, and veterinarians., but is almost entirely funded by individual donations. Over 3,500 birds are brought to Wild B.I.R.D. every year, and over 60% (20% higher than the national average) of those birds are released back into Colorado skies.
SEE VIDEO & Spotlight Article  Follow the Wild BIRD on Facebook

About Citywide Banks
Family owned and locally focused since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. The bank and its team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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