Charity Contest Nominee – YMCA of Metro Denver Works in Community to Teach Positive Values in Kids

Charity ContestCitywide Banks’ next Charity Hand-Up Contest will take place on the bank’s Facebook page from September 1-14, 2012. The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver is one of seven nominated charities that will be spotlighted leading up to the contest. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to participate and help raise awareness for these seven Colorado causes. The charity receiving the most votes on Facebook will receive a $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks. Voters can enter to win 1 of 7 prizes.

YMCA of Metropolitan DenverWhat do you think of when you hear the letters YMCA? Some think of it as a place to catch a game of hoops or go for a swim. For others it’s a trusted childcare facility or after school program. And a few of you may remember that memorable Village People song from the late 70’s. The reality is that the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver is a 136 year-old, local nonprofit focused on enriching kids, families, and communities through values-based activity programs.

Through six full facilities, four program centers and over 40 different program sites, the YMCA of Metro Denver offers programs that serve infants and children, families and seniors — from Broomfield to Castle Rock and into the Foothills. Jan Weimer, VP of Development, estimates that about 55,000 to 58,000 people participate in their local programs each year.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is the amount of programming that goes on outside the walls of the Y,” Weimer says referring to some of their childcare programs, sports programs, afterschool programs, camps and the 20 HOA pools that they manage. Founded in 1875, the local chapter’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Weimer says that what makes their programming unique is that they find niches in the community that need to be served and they meet those needs.

For example, they’ve created a one-of-a-kind partnership with Manual High School where they’ve set up a Community Programs Branch within the walls of the school to serve the students, their families and the surrounding community.

They’ve also set a goal, with the help of their Community Support Campaign, not to turn anyone away. “Through our fundraising efforts we hope to have the financial means to help all families,” she says.

The Y, Weimer explains, is much more than a “gym and swim” facility. “We’re a cause driven organization.”

A donation of $5,000 would go toward their Community Support Campaign that provides financial assistance to low income families so that they can take part in all YMCA programs.

“We believe that all children deserve to have the same opportunities, no matter what their family circumstances are,” continued Weimer. “Our Community Support Campaign provides the funds for us to offer financial assistance so all children in our programs will become confident kids today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow.”

For more information about the YMCA of Metro Denver’s programs and ways to donate your time or money, please visit 

Vote to Give the YMCA of Metro Denver a $5,000 Hand-Up
As part of its larger community outreach program, Citywide Banks is spotlighting the great work and ongoing needs of local charities around metro Denver. Based Charity Hand-Up Conteston the results of a 14-day public vote on Facebook, the community will determine how $7,500 is split among seven Colorado charities nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The charity receiving the most votes will receive $5,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The remaining donation amounts will correspond to the voting results for each nominated charity. The voting public can also enter to win 1 of 7 prizes, including dinner for two at some of Denver’s top restaurants. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here.

How to Cast Your Vote – September 1-14, 2012
The voting will take place at Users will need to make sure they are logged into their personal Facebook account. If a user doesn’t have an account, it only takes minutes to set up a new Facebook account and it’s free. The online voting form will only be accessible for Citywide Banks Facebook Fans. To become a Fan, simply click on the “Like” button on top of any of the pages on Citywide’s Facebook Fan Page at Then, click on the link for the ”Charity Contest” tab to access the online voting page. Each Facebook account will permitted one vote during the 14-day voting period.

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