The Denver Hospice is one of seven nonprofits nominated in Citywide Banks CHARITY HAND-UP CONTEST taking place on Facebook from November 2-22, 2015. The public is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. $8,000 in cash donations will be split between the charities based on the voting results. CLICK HERE for voting page.
Janelle McCallum, president of local not-for-profit, The Denver Hospice, says that their goal is to make the end of life – a time that people usually approach with fear and dread — beautiful. “It’s about making a difference when people are suffering. We try to help in the here and now and have this time be sacred and even a beautiful time,” says McCallum. The Denver Hospice is one of seven Colorado nonprofits nominated in the Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place November 2-22, 2015.
Founded in 1978 by three nurses, an anthropologist, and a grant from the American Cancer Society, The Denver Hospice is the fifth oldest hospice in the United States. The founders believed that there had to be a better way for people to die than lying in a hospital bed attached to tubes, with little choice as to their treatment, said McCallum. The organization’s mission back then, and to this day, is to encircle those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels of comfort, compassion and expertise.
“We’ve been able to fulfill our mission all this time by seeing what was needed and then providing it with community support,” says McCallum.
The unique and special thing about The Denver Hospice is that they go well beyond basic hospice service, which is to provide comfort and support to people with advanced illnesses, and their families, in their home, skilled nursing facility, assisted or independent living community or hospital. They provide comprehensive services for end of life care from palliative care and integrative therapies, such as animal visits or music therapy, to grief counseling and support groups as well as offering intense hospice care in their inpatient care center at Lowry. Additionally, they have a specialized program for veterans, who make up about 30 percent of their patients. The Denver Hospice staff and volunteers are heart-centered, intuitive and provide evidenced-based care.
“As veterans approach their own death, particularly those that have seen combat, a lot of those old memories come up and sometimes PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) surfaces. We have experts who can help with those types of situations,” explains McCallum.
They also have a special program developed for children called Footprints, created specifically to help young people with the grieving process. “It’s a different process for children than for adults, and we help them in age-appropriate ways to anticipate grief, or to grieve, for parents, grandparents or siblings who are in our care.”
As word about their care and services has spread, so has their client base, taking care of Coloradans all along the Front Range. “We’ve created a lot of healthcare partnerships throughout the community with insurance providers, hospital networks and long term care facilities and we’ve won awards for our work, which just helps solidify our reputation as a trusted organization,” says McCallum.
And as the number of Coloradans and the territory they serve have grown, so has their need for volunteers. Currently they rely on about 400 volunteers but they need more, particularly home and family volunteers on the north and west sides of town. “Volunteers represent the heart and soul of this organization,” says McCallum.
Home and family volunteers visit people in their homes and keep them company so that family members and friends can take some needed time off. Volunteers are also needed for their 11th Hour Program. Volunteers for this program are available during the night so that when a person is dying, they can be called to their bedside to sit vigil with them.
Financial donations are always needed, and appreciated, in order to fund the additional services they offer, outside of basic hospice, that are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
If The Denver Hospice Receives Most Votes in Contest A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go directly toward funding novel volunteer recruitment programs targeting volunteers on the north and west sides of metro Denver, as well as more volunteers for their 11th Hour Program.
How to Cast Your Vote – November 2-22, 2015
The contest is open to the general public within Colorado (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to submit a vote/entry online. One vote/entry per person is permitted during the 21-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity. There is even an added bonus prize drawing for those voters that post the contest on their own Facebook timeline.
About the Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contests
Citywide Banks is a 52-year-old, family operated, Colorado focused business bank that is passionate about supporting Colorado charities. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contests, seven Colorado causes are nominated by our employees to be showcased through social media and in our branches. Then, we ask the community to vote on Facebook for their favorite. Based on final vote standings, Citywide Banks splits $8,000 in donations. The charity with the most votes receives the top $5,000 donation. Contest voters can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at a top Denver restaurant. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. More contest details are at CitywideBanks.com/contest/.
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September 28th, 2015 | By Steve Ebner, Citywide Banks | Category: Bank News
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August 25th, 2015 | By Steve Ebner, Citywide Banks | Category: Bank News
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