Q1 Charity Vote Nominee – CLA Enhances Lives of Denver’s Developmental Disability Community

Citywide Connect - Citywide BanksCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $5,000 Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place on Facebook from March 1-14, 2012.  Community Living Alternatives is one of five nominated charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote. The general public is invited to participate in the vote. Voters are eligible to win prizes in addition to helping raise awareness for their favorite Front Range charity.

Community Living AlternativesBarbara Kenyon-Mohrlang, executive director of Community Living Alternatives, Inc. (CLA), says that the most important thing for people to realize about people with disabilities is that what they want, more than anything, is to give back to the community and to be treated like everyone else.

“People with disabilities are more like everyone than not” explains Kenyon-Mohrlang, who’s been with CLA for 22 years. “They really like to help others; they like to work and volunteer.”

Since 1979, CLA (called The Family Living Project back then) has been helping people with intellectual disabilities live meaningful and well-rounded lives. Whether it’s finding them a host home where they can live and thrive to helping them find meaningful work or to simply helping them explore their passions. They even try to make dreams come true once in a while.

“We have one individual who had a life dream of flying and we were able to make a dream come true this year,” recounts Kenyon-Mohrlang. “He went in an airplane with a pilot and actually flew the plane.”

Their main program is their Residential Service, where they find host families to provide a caring and supportive home for people with intellectual/cognitive challenges, physical disabilities, or mental illnesses. They also provide support to individuals who would prefer (and are able) to live on their own or with family.

CLA also has a program that provides one-on-one help for people looking to find work or volunteer opportunities. And their new Friday Afternoon Club provides an opportunity for their clients, and others in the community, to learn and explore new things. “We’ve done everything from snowshoeing and dog-sledding to gambling in Black Hawk,” Kenyon-Mohrlang explains.

The best way to donate to the organization is financially — especially since their government funding has been reduced over the years. Learn more about Community Living Alternatives at www.CLAinc.org.

A donation of $5,000 would help CLA make more dreams come true, as well as develop new programs to meet the ever-changing needs and wants of their diverse clients.

Vote for CLA to Receive $5,000 Donation in Facebook Vote 
Each quarter, Citywide Banks spotlights five Front Range charities to raise awareness about their great work, needs, Charity Fan Vote - Citywide Banksand corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. Then, during a 14-day vote on the bank’s Facebook Fan Page, customers and the local community select the most deserving charity to receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks.  $500 and $250 runner-up donations will be awarded to the charities receiving the second and third most votes, respectively.  Our quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in our campaign. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get some valuable exposure.

Voters in Facebook Vote Eligible to Win Prizes
The public is invited to participate in the Charity Fan Vote at Facebook.com/citywidebanks from March 1 -14, 2012.  During the March vote, voters will have the option to be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including a $100 gift certificate to Z Cuisine, $25 Starbucks cards, and more. 

How to Vote for Your Favorite Nominated Charity
Visit Citywide’s Facebook Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks anytime and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Then, from March 1-14, 2012, Fans will be eligible to cast their vote and be entered into the voter prize drawing.  Look for the “Charity Fan Vote” link on the bank’s Facebook page.  To access Citywide’s Facebook Page, you will need to make sure you are logged into your own Facebook account.  If you don’t have one, it only takes minutes to set up a new account and it’s free.

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