$5,000 Vote Nominee – Mi Casa Resource Center Works to Increase Employability and Success of Denver’s Working Families

Mi Casa - Citywide BanksCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $5,000 Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place on Facebook from June 1-14, 2012. Mi Casa Resource Center 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 can enter to win prizes in addition to helping raise awareness for their favorite Front Range charity.

Mi Casa - Citywide Banks $5,000 Charity Fan Vote on FacebookWhen members of low-income families have the opportunity to pursue their business ideas, train for better jobs and advance their education, the whole community benefits. “That is Mi Casa’s core philosophy and what we’ve been working toward for the last 36 years,” said Mi Casa’s Communications and Grants Manager Katharine Brenton. 

Founded in 1976 as a safe place for women to get the training and education needed to break into higher paying careers, Mi Casa Resource Center has since added business development training and youth and family programs – and now serve all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. 

“It’s not only for Latinos or women,” says Brenton. “We’re committed to inclusivity … our doors are open to anyone who wants to better their economic future and to get on the road to lasting economic self sufficiency.”

Their three-pronged approach: Career Development & Training; Business Development; and Youth and Family Programs help all members of the community work toward achieving their full potential.

The career development programs target community members who face barriers to employment such as those with limited education and skills, limited English proficiency, a criminal history, etc.  “We’re not looking to put people in jobs, says Brenton, “we’re looking to put people onto a career path that’s going to offer them opportunities for advancement and a wage that will sustain their family.”

Their business development programs provide assistance to both aspiring entrepreneurs and those already in business. And their school-based afterschool, weekend and summer programs focus on academic success and life skills for both middle school and high school students, as well as parents.

Last year Mi Casa helped launch 55 businesses, resulting in 122 new jobs, and put an additional 86 people to work full time. Over 500 children were served in their youth and family programs resulting in higher grades, better attendance records and lower suspension rates for those that participated.

A donation of $5,000, Brenton explains, could really make a difference in many people’s lives. For example, she says, it could put five individuals through career training and take them from unemployment, or welfare, to career path employment. Or, it could help 10 children stay out of trouble by paying the entire cost for summer camp. Or 10 underserved entrepreneurs could attend Mi Casa’s entrepreneurial training course and possibly turn their dreams into reality.

Vote for Mi Casa 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 on 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. The bank’s quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in the 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 June 1 -14, 2012. Voters will have the Charity Fan Vote - Citywide Banksoption to be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including Starbucks cards and a $100 dinner for two at  Littleton’s Opus Restaurant, one of the area’s top picks by 5280 Magazine.

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 June 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. Please note that voting is not available through the Facebook mobile phone app.


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