Q1 Charity Vote Nominee – Denver Children’s Home Helps Kids Left Behind

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.  Denver Children’s Home 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.

Denver Children's Home“We believe that when you change the life of a child you change the world,” asserts Dr. Rebecca Hea, the executive director of Denver Children’s Home (DCH). When children are so severely troubled and traumatized that other mental health facilities or treatment centers won’t accept them, or simply can’t help them, our organization is often the last resort for these kids and families.

We take the most severe cases,” explains executive director Dr. Hea. “We’ve had kids that have failed in 32 placements.”

DCH works with families that struggle with the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence and, as a result, suffer from chronic mental health problems and learning disabilities. 

Founded in 1876 as an orphanage before becoming a mental health treatment center in 1962, DCH is as old as the state of Colorado itself. Their facility, in fact, is in the same location as it was in 1904.

They offer the full continuum of care from residential and day treatment centers with a fully accredited school on campus to intensive in-home therapy. Based on research that suggests traditional “talk” therapy is not sufficient to treat abused and traumatized children, they specialize in experiential therapies such as art, yoga, music, equine, horticulture and animal-assisted therapies.

Children who participate in their programs may have attempted suicide, experienced violent outbursts, taken part in a serious crime, have severe mental and emotional disorders, or have issues with anger, truancy, and drug use.

But in spite of these challenging cases, Dr. Hea says that it’s the greatest place in the world. “People really do get better,” she says encouragingly. “The work is intense; it’s traumatizing; it’s hard and yet the reward of helping someone heal is such a gift.”

DCH is looking for volunteers to help with events or facility care. And, since children and their families are treated, regardless of their ability to pay, financial donations are always appreciated. Visit www.DenverChildrensHome.org to learn more.

A $5,000 donation would help them provide services to more kids and families “that everyone has given up on.”

Vote for DCH 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, and corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. Then, during a 14-day vote Charity Fan Vote on Facebookon the bank’s Facebook Fan Page, customers and the local community will 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 a 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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