Citywide Banks Wild about Ducks in Fundraiser for Mental Health Crisis Counseling – Now thru August 14 Public Can Enter to Win $2,500 Cash

Citywide Banks is participating in the Second Annual Hope Floats campaign to raise awareness and critical funds for Colorado nonprofit, Metro Crisis Services (MCS). MCS operates the Metro Crisis Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline for mental health and substance use crises, staffed by masters’ level professional clinicians. The community is invited to adopt ducks online or at any Citywide Banks branch by August 14, 2014. Every duck adopted will earn its “adoptive parent” another entry to win $2,500 in cash, which will be decided by a rubber duck race held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Great Lawn Park in Denver.  Ducks can be adopted for $5/each or in discount packages of six ducks ($25) or 25 ducks ($100). Learn more at

During last year’s event, Citywide Banks customers and employees adopted 1,466 of the total 3,860 ducks. Metro Crisis Services raised nearly $26,000 during last year’s Hope Floats campaign . The money helped fund their life-saving mental health crisis counseling services. The goal this year is to get 5,000 ducks adopted for the derby race on August 16th.

“Metro Crisis Services is privileged to partner with Citywide Banks,” expressed Monica Colbert, Development and Public Relations Director at Metro Crisis Services. ” Their ongoing commitment to mental health wellness in Colorado is unmatched! Hope Floats celebrates the lifesaving work of Metro Crisis Services and would not be possible without the support of Citywide Banks.  We are grateful for our growing relationship and look forward to working with the Citywide Banks team for years to come.”

Metro Crisis Services offers free, confidential, 24/7 services for mental health and substance abuse crises, information, and resource referrals.  Anyone in the Denver/Boulder community can call 1-888-885-1222 for free crisis support, resource information, or informational questions; they will speak directly to a mental health professional who is available to help with individuals, family, or friends any time of the day.  Metro Crisis Services is staffed by masters’ level professional clinicians – and is the only resource of its kind in Denver.

The enormous need for quality behavioral health care has never been more evident than it is today – particularly access to intervention in a moment of crisis. MCS serves to fill this gap in Colorado’s system of care. In 2011, Metro Crisis Line was selected as the local affiliate for the national suicide prevention hotline, Lifeline.

For more info about Metro Crisis Services, visit

To adopt a duck through one of the Citywide Banks branch teams, please go to

GABBY KRAUSE FOUNDATION Wins Top $5,000 Donation in Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Denver nonprofit, Gabby Krause Foundation, edged out six other local charities to garner 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. Gabby Krause Foundationwill receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. The Salvation Army Aurora Corps will receive an additional $500 for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest. [...]

Thousands Enjoy Free Neighborhood Concert Presented by Citywide Banks

For the 28th straight season, Citywide Banks hosted its annual neighborhood concert last night at Utah Park in Aurora. The roots rock and roll band, Chris Daniels & The Kings, performed in front of more than 1,000 fans spread across the hillside at the park’s northwest corner. The bank’s employees mingled with local families and music fans, passing out bottled water, frisbees, and other giveaways. The outdoor concert was part of the Summer Concert Series coordinated by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. [...]

Pass it On – Citywide Banks is Now Hiring

Citywide Banks is currently offering the following employment opportunities: Teller; Teller/Account Executive (two openings); Floating Teller/Account Executive; Valuation Specialist; Loan Review; Mortgage Loan Originator. [...]

Tight Race in Charity Hand-Up Contest Voting on Facebook – $8,000 for Colorado Charities, Prizes for Voters – Contest Ends July 21

Now through midnight on July 21, 2014, Citywide Banks is hosting its $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest to raise awareness for seven Colorado charities nominated by bank employees. The community is invited to participate by voting for one of the seven local causes on the bank’s Facebook page. Through the first three days of the contest, Gabby Krause Foundation Bags of Fun has a slim lead over Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver and the other five nominees. [...]

VOTE NOW in Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest – $8,000 for Colorado Charities, Great Prizes for Voters

Now through midnight on July 21, 2014, Citywide Banks is hosting its Charity Hand-Up Contest to raise awareness for seven Colorado charities. The community is invited to participate by voting for one of seven local causes nominated by bank employees. 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. A bonus $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most. The public can also enter to win several prizes by participating. [...]

Citywide Banks Presents Free Summer Concert on July 17

Citywide Banks is proud to present the Aurora Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Utah Park in Aurora. Local roots rock and roll band, Chris Daniels & the Kings is scheduled to perform that evening. [...]

Citywide Banks Presents MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS in the Workplace – Special Section in Denver Business Journal

All of us in Colorado want a local community that is safe and vibrant. We want our children and loved ones shielded from harm. We want our businesses to thrive to their fullest potential. However, for too many of our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family, daily life can be an emotional strain. Left untreated, mental health challenges can have devastating impacts. For employers and coworkers, the impacts go beyond productivity and absenteeism. Additionally, the opportunities to help a distressed employee in the workplace may be surprising. As a result, Citywide Banks is pleased to present a special section in the Denver Business Journal highlighting Mental Health Wellness in the Workplace. The section’s content was developed in part by Mental Health America of Colorado. [...]

(Contest Nominee) THE SALVATION ARMY’S AURORA CORPS Focused on Expanding Services through New Community Center

The Salvation Army’s Aurora Corps (SAAC) provides food, rental and utility assistance to those in need within Aurora and surrounding communities.It is also a Christian-based church, offering weekly worship services, daycare, day camp activities, and religious education classes for all age groups. It runs all its operations and activities through a Community Center near Peoria and 6th Avenue in Aurora. [...]

(Contest Nominee) COPS FIGHTING CANCER Provides Financial and Emotional Support to Colorado Families Fighting Cancer

In 1987, just two weeks into his training at the police academy in Buffalo, New York, Officer James Seneca was diagnosed with leukemia. He remembers what it felt like to get help and support during the six months of treatment from friends and family, and even a few strangers. He beat the disease and was changed by his experience. When he moved to Colorado in 1995 and joined the Aurora Police Department, he had a strong desire to figure out how to help cancer patients. [...]

(Contest Nominee) RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF DENVER Helps Comfort Families in Need

In 1979, a group of eight local McDonald franchise owner/operators put up the funds to start the third Ronald McDonald House in the nation, a temporary residence for out-of-town families to stay while their child undergoes treatment in a Denver hospital. Back then, the house, located near the old Children’s Hospital on 21st Avenue, had 10 bedrooms. Today, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver (RMHC) boasts two locations with rooms for 76 families. Many of the original founders are still involved today. [...]

(Contest Nominee) HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE SOUTH PLATTE VALLEY Passionate about Finding Homes for Lost or Unwanted Pets

Its mission is to offer heartfelt compassion to animals in need. What makes the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley (HSSPV) different from other animal shelters is that, because of its smaller size, the employees are able to really get to know each and every animal that walks through their doors. And because the employees of this family-like organization know the personality and habits of each animal so well, they’re incredibly invested in helping find just the right new home for these lost or unwanted pets. [...]

John Beeble and Rick Pederson Join Citywide Banks Board of Directors

Citywide Banks announced the recent additions of John Beeble and Rick Pederson to its Board of Directors. Beeble is Chairman and CEO at Denver-based, Saunders Construction. Pederson is a principal at Bow River Capital Partners, and an advisor to The Pauls Corporation and Westfield Company. The new additions join Maria Garcia Berry (CRL Associates), Tamara Door (Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.), Steven Farber (Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck), Michael Zoellner (RedPeak Properties), Jeff Schmitz (EVP & COO, Citywide Banks), Kevin Quinn (President & CEO, Citywide Banks), and Marty Schmitz (Chairman, Citywide Banks) as directors of the bank’s corporate board. Dick Saunders, founder of Saunders Construction, retired from the bank’s board earlier this year. [...]

#SmallBiz BUZZ: Commercial UAVs and Colorado’s “Drone Rush”

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(Contest Nominee) Boulder Valley Schools’ IMPACT ON EDUCATION Committed to Improving Education for All

Every school district should have an organization like Boulder Valley School District’s Impact on Education (IOE). It’s an independent nonprofit that rallies the community around promoting excellence, improving equity and encouraging innovation in all of Boulder’s public schools. [...]