Q1 Charity Vote Nominee – Colfax Community Network Helps Homeless Families Get Back on Feet

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.  The Colfax Community Network 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.

Colfax Community Network

The homeless families that temporarily reside in the motels along Colfax Avenue are, for the most part, in great need of all basic human services from permanent housing and food to toiletries and medical care. Because people usually think these seedy, rundown motels are home to drug addicts and prostitutes, the plight of these transient families often go unnoticed.

Sometimes these families get caught in the “motel trap”, where the mother or father is working every day just to pay nightly fee. Or other times these families are using a church or shelter voucher to stay just for the night, or week, without knowing where they’re going to sleep after that.

The Colfax Community Network (CCN), founded in 1999, is dedicated to serving these “invisible” homeless children and families by providing food, clothing, information and emergency services to help offer these families some form of stability.

“It’s difficult for families to find a shelter,” explains CCN executive director Jennifer Herrera. “At most shelters it is necessary to split the husband away from the family because of the difficulties with housing men with women and children.”

“In order for families to stay together, most of the time, a hotel is the only place they can go,” says Herrera. “There are just not enough shelters for families.”

CCN helps these families by providing a variety of programs such as an afterschool program, a six-week summer camp and a parent-child education group (which they recently reinstated after getting partial funding from a foundation grant). Additionally, they offer daily emergency services that include a food pantry, hygiene products, emergency shelter and referral numbers and resources.

“Anything we need to find or dig up for our clients … we’ll search the world over to help them get back on their feet,” says Herrera. “The children are the real victims and we know that the only real way to help them is to wrap around their families with resources and services that will help them become self sufficient.”

When it comes to donating to this charity, there are numerous ways to help – from volunteering for their after school program to donating necessities like non-perishable food items, clothing, and toiletries. Financial donations are always very welcome, needed and appreciated.

A donation of $5,000 would go a long way in helping them provide more kids with access to CCN programs and more families with food and other emergency services. “We like to think of CCN as a home away from homelessness for the children we serve. Unfortunately, the need is greater than we could possibly provide and we need the entire community to help these kids,” says Herrera. For more information about the Colfax Community Network, visit www.ColfaxCommunityNetwork.org.

Vote for Colfax Community Network to Receive $5,000 Donation
Each quarter, Citywide Banks spotlights five Front Range charities to raise awareness about their great work, needs, and corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. Then, during a 14-day vote Citywide Banks Charity Fan Voteon 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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