Hope 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Now through midnight on November 17, 2014, Citywide Banks is hosting its Charity Hand-Up Contest to raise awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits. The community is invited to participate by voting for a charity nominee on Facebook and sharing their support through social media. The charity that receives the most votes on Facebook will receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. An additional $2,500 in donations will be split between the other nominees based on final vote standings. An extra $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most during the contest. The public can enter to win several prizes by participating. […]
In 1999, Debbie Strimple and other wild bird enthusiasts saw a need in Denver for an organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and injured wild birds. She witnessed the devastation of wild birds colliding with cars, windows, and power lines and losing their homes due to storms and other destructive events. The next year, Strimple founded the Wild Bird Information and Rehabilitation of Denver (Wild B.I.R.D.) as a nonprofit organization. During its early years, the group saved a couple of hundred birds a year with the help of a few volunteers. Now, the organization treats, on average, about 3,000 birds annually with a 60% release rate. To date they’ve returned over 28,000 birds back into the Colorado skies. […]
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Many of us have heard of Outward Bound and know at least a little bit about it. It’s about the outdoors and adventure. But, what you may not know, is that the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS), a non-profit educational organization founded in 1962, was the first Outward Bound School in the western hemisphere. It serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, environmental stewardship, and service to others. […]
The Colorado DEC’s goal is prevent any type of child neglect or abuse from womb to school-aged children through training, education and outreach with law enforcement, caseworkers, medical professionals, families and community leaders. The nonprofit looks to act amidst two primary scenarios of child endangerment. The first involves children exposed prenatally to drugs or alcohol, which can make them prone to a variety of developmental issues. The next are kids in the care of a person abusing drugs or alcohol. […]
The unique and wonderful thing about Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance (RMCA) is that they fund 100% of grant applicants that meet their eligibility requirements. Grants of between $250 and $1,000 are awarded to any qualified low-income cancer patient receiving treatment in the state of Colorado and go toward household expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, groceries, and insurance co-pays. […]
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