Seven Colorado Nonprofits Nominated for Citywide Banks $10,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest in May

Citywide Banks will donate $10,000 to Colorado charities based on results of a community vote on Facebook, May 2-22, 2016.

Seven Colorado nonprofits have been nominated by Citywide Banks employees to compete for $10,000 in donations during the bank’s Charity Hand-Up Contest from May 2-22, 2016. The nominees are Aurora Warms the Night, Colorado Veterans Project, Family Tree, HighPointe Services, National Sports Center for the Disabled, St. Vincent de Paul Metro Denver Council, and Women’s Wilderness Institute.

The bank will promote the seven causes through spotlight articles and videos on social media, materials at its 12 branches, and through an integrated employee contest. The community is invited to participate by voting for a charity nominee and sharing their support through social media. The charity that receives the most votes through the bank’s Facebook voting page will receive a $7,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. An additional $3,000 in donations will be split between the other nominees based on final vote standings. The public can also enter to win several prizes by participating. Watch for charity nominee spotlights and more announcements as the May 2 kickoff approaches.

“This social media contest is another way that Citywide Banks is honoring our community,” explained Steve Ebner, the bank’s marketing director. “These contests have become very popular among our employees, clients, and social media followers, and they are great way to raise awareness of the fantastic work and ongoing needs of our Colorado nonprofits.”

Get Involved, Get Inspired
Follow Citywide Banks on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to catch all contest updates. Here is how supporters can help their favorite nominee:

  1. Tell friends, coworkers, and family about your favorite nominee and the contest (share the charity’s spotlight article when it’s published on Citywide Banks social media)
  2. Vote for the charity on the contest page at Citywide’s Facebook page (users will need to “Like” the Citywide page prior to submitting vote)
  3. Post a personal testimonial about your favorite nominee on Citywide’s Facebook page
  4. Share posts and spotlight articles about the contest with friends, coworkers, and family

AURORA WARMS THE NIGHT

Aurora Warms the Night is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women and children facing homelessness. Located near Colfax corridor, AWTN provides shelter and comprehensive services for Aurora’s homeless ensuring, families and individuals meet their most basic needs. By partnering with providers, we are helping to break the cycle of homelessness. Aurora Warms the Night was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Colfax Branch in Aurora.
Follow AWTN on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

COLORADO VETERANS PROJECT
Colorado Veterans Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts special events in order to raise awareness and funds for local Veterans and Veterans organizations. Our mission is to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community around our Veterans. Our goal is to encourage teamwork among all Colorado Veterans organizations in order to maximize the results of our nonprofit nature.  Colorado Veterans Project was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Peoria Branch and Operations Center.
Follow Colorado Veterans Project on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

FAMILY TREE
Empowering Change, Transforming Lives. For 40 years Family Tree has helped individuals and communities prevent and overcome child abuse & neglect, domestic violence, and homelessness by  providing  shelter, counseling, legal, and other services to primarily women and their children as they rebuild their lives. Family Tree serves the metro area and also provides safe visitation, parenting, and other services to families.   Family Tree was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks branches in Arvada and Lakewood.
Follow Family Tree on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

HIGHPOINTE SERVICES
Because we believe that life is sacred, HighPointe Services enhances the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through our commitment to comfort, joy, and achievement. We provide a variety of services including day programs, post-secondary learning academy, business enterprise program developing micro-businesses, and an outdoor adventure leadership school that enable our clients to gain critical skills leading to greater independence, friendships and the highest quality of life possible. HighPointe was nominated by the employees at Citywide Banks branches in Denver Tech Center and Centennial. 
Follow HighPointe on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER FOR THE DISABLED

The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports agencies in the world. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in our programs to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and volunteers, and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of year-round sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis.  NSCD was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Mississippi Branch and administrative offices in Aurora.
Follow NSCD on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DENVER METRO COUNCIL
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Denver Metro Council is the main office which supports our 24 Conferences located in area Catholic Churches.  We are a lay volunteer organization of 588 individuals that provide person-to-person financial emergency assistance to our neighbors in need.  Some of the assistance we provide allows individuals to remain in their homes, keep their lights and heat on, and receive food so they are not hungry. St. Vincent de Paul Denver Metro Council was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks branches at Hampden, Cherry Creek, and Santa Fe in Denver.
Follow St. Vincent de Paul on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

WOMEN’S WILDERNESS INSTITUTE

Women’s Wilderness is the ONLY non-profit in the nation empowering girls AND women to develop courage, confidence, and leadership skills through wilderness adventures.  Girls develop vital life skills that transfer to school, relationships, and future careers.  Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and climbing create ideal environments for girls to find their voice and inner strength supported by professional women as instructors.  $300,000 in scholarships in 18 years  – we have never turned away a girl in need! Women’s Wilderness was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks branches in Boulder and Downtown Denver.
Follow Women’s Wilderness on Facebook
Look for spotlight article coming soon

50 Years of Community Commitment
Citywide Banks is a 53-year-old, family owned and operated, business bank focused entirely on the Front Range. The bank has a deep rooted tradition of supporting hundreds of Colorado charities annually through volunteering and financial contributions. As part of its community outreach program, Citywide Banks is using its large social media network to give an extra “hand-up” to outstanding Colorado nonprofits. Since September 2011, the Charity Hand-Up Contests on Facebook have raised awareness and money for more than 85 Colorado nonprofits.

All Charity Nominees Get a Donation – $10,000 Up for Grabs

  • $7,000 donationCharity with most contest votes
  • $1,250 donationRunner-up charity in vote standings
  • $1,000 donationThird place charity in vote standings
  • $500 donationFourth place charity in vote standings
  • $125 donationFifth place charity in vote standings
  • $75 donationSixth place charity in vote standings
  • $50 donationSeventh place charity in vote standings

Public Can Win Prizes Too
The public is invited to participate in the contest by voting online at Facebook.com/citywidebanks. The voting form includes an optional entry into the voter prize drawings. Only one vote/entry is permitted per Facebook account. No purchase is necessary to participate. Official rules with all voting methods are published online. Voters can enter to win one of the following prizes when they cast a vote for a charity nominee:

  • $100 Dinner at Guard & Grace,  named by 5280 Magazine as “Best Steak & Top 25 Restaurant in Denver” (2 winners)
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card (10 winners)

How to Cast Vote on Facebook – May 2-22, 2016
All of the contest voting will take place on a special “Charity Contest” section of Citywide Banks Facebook page. Users simply need to log into their personal Facebook account from a computer or smartphone, and visit 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 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.

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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