(Contest Nominee) WILD B.I.R.D. Helps Injured Birds Return to the Colorado Skies

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. [...]

(Contest Nominee) AUTISM SOCIETY OF COLORADO Works to Improve Lives of All Affected by Autism

The prevalence of Autism is on the rise. In 2000, 1 out of 150 children were diagnosed with autism nationally. Now, it affects 1 in 68. The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is to help the growing amount of people who are impacted by autism, whether it’s families, caregivers, educators, first responders, or members of the community. [...]

(Contest Nominee) COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL Transforms the Next Generation of Young Leaders

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. [...]

(Contest Nominee) COLORADO DEC Works to Bring New Hope to Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse

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. [...]

(Contest Nominee) ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANCER ASSISTANCE Helps Low-Income Cancer Patients with Household Expenses

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. [...]

(Contest Nominee) HOPE HOUSE OF COLORADO Is Committed to Transforming the Lives of Teen Moms

No one knows better than Lisa Steven, founder and executive director of Hope House of Colorado (HHOC), how difficult it can be to be a teen mom. Not only was she a teen mom herself, but in her late 20s she volunteered for an organization that assisted teen moms and learned that many of them come from abusive situations, were living below the poverty level and, in some cases, were even homeless. This inspired her to start HHOC to help empower teen moms to become self-sufficient, healthy mothers. [...]

(Contest Nominee) MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF DENVER Is Dedicated to Making Recovery Happen

The Mental Health Center of Denver has three main program areas that cover the breadth of the community’s behavioral health and recovery needs. The first one is an Adult Recovery Services program that includes helping people find housing, residential treatment centers, a statewide HIV and mental health program and other therapy treatments. Next is Child and Family Services, which includes programs starting from before a child’s birth through their early adult years (16-24), and everything in between. And their last division is for Rehabilitation and Reaching Recovery that includes their drop-in centers, resource centers, and all employment programs that help people get ready to go back to school or work. [...]

Citywide Banks Announces $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest in November, Employees Nominate Seven Colorado Charities

Citywide Banks will host another Charity Hand-Up Contest from November 3-17, 2014, to raise awareness for seven Colorado charities. 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. A bonus $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most. The public can enter to win several prizes by participating. Watch for charity spotlights and more announcements as the November 3rd kickoff approaches. [...]

Citywide Banks Gives $5,000 to Gabby Krause Foundation at Employee Victory Lunch

Citywide Banks awarded Gabby Krause Foundation Bags of Fun with a $5,000 donation today at the bank’s Mississippi branch in Aurora. Branch employees nominated the local nonprofit for last month’s Charity Hand-Up Contest. Gabby Krause Foundation beat out six other Colorado nonprofits to win the top donation from Citywide Banks. Branch employees celebrated with a special lunch party with the charity. [...]

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 www.CitywideBanks.com/hopefloats. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

(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. [...]