(Contest Nominee) THE KEMPE CENTER/FOUNDATION Provides Abused and Neglected Children with Hope for Brighter Futures

THE KEMPE FOUNDATION is one of seven local charities nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place June 1-14, 2013. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. The charity receiving the most contest votes will receive a $5,000 donation, while the other nominees will split $2,500 in donations based on the voting results.

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Health & Human Services report, there were more than 800,000 cases of confirmed child abuse in the US during 2011; 11,000 of those in Colorado alone. Of those 800,000 cases, almost 1,800 children died at the hand of their abusers and 79% of those deaths were children under four. Those are horrific and sobering statistics.

The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect supports the work of the internationally renowned Colorado-based Kempe Center that seeks to not only treat and heal abused children but to prevent abuse from ever happening.

“It tends to be a multi-generational issue, so we work to break that generational cycle to help children and families recover and develop better family skills,” says Patricia Peterson, president and CEO of The Kempe Foundation.

But the Kempe Center is more than a treatment center for these children and their families They also train professionals including teachers, social workers and medical staff all over the world to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how to treat and prevent it. Furthermore they conduct groundbreaking research on how to best heal these young victims and their families.

Founded in 1972 by the Nobel Prize nominated pediatrician C Henry Kempe, MD, the Kempe Center’s mission is the same as it was 41 years ago: to provide research, training, education and innovative program development for all forms of child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Kempe was the first physician to recognize that child abuse was a real issue. His article on the subject, “The Battered Child Syndrome,” published in 1962, would become one of the top five medical contributions of the century. His work and research is responsible for the first child abuse reporting laws that now exist in all 50 states as well as the 1972 Colorado law requiring legal counsel for the child in all cases of suspected neglect.

Part of what makes Kempe unique is that they not only treat children and families at their Center located next door to Colorado Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, but they also partner with city, county and state agencies to help provide many of the child abuse treatments, training and counseling services offered to families.

Kempe’s TEC (Training and Education Consulting) team travels to other states and countries to train and educate professionals and caregivers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of abuse as well as prevention techniques.

“One of the ways we differ from other treatment centers is that we focus a great deal on prevention.  This means training not only doctors and nurses, but care-givers who might be parents, teachers, aunts and uncles or foster parents,” says Peterson speaking for Kempe’s TEC group that trained more than 8,500 professionals and caregivers last year.

From Kempe’s Child Protection Team that works with the Emergency Department at Colorado Children’s Hospital to evaluate patients for signs of abuse; to its Child Trauma Program, a counseling program for any child who has experienced trauma in any form; to its Perpetration Prevention Program that counsels and works with young abused children to help ensure that they don’t become abusers themselves —  The Kempe Center’s work helps children have brighter futures.

Other programs include Kempe’s IMHOFF Clinic (Improving Mental Health of Families) that offers full family counseling services, Fostering Healthy Futures Mentoring Program and SafeCare, a home-visitation program for at risk and new mothers.

If you’re interested in helping The Kempe Center’s worthy mission, consider making a financial donation or volunteer to support their education, awareness and advocacy programs supported by The Kempe Foundation.

A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would provide an entire year of therapy for an abused child and his or her family at the IMHOFF clinic.

For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.Kempe.org.

Vote to Give The Kempe Foundation a $5,000 Hand-Up
As a Colorado owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with The Kempe Foundation. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of Denver/Boulder nonprofits. Based on the results of a 14-day vote, the local 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 great prizes, including dinner for two at some of Denver’s top restaurants. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.

How to Cast Your Vote – June 1 -14, 2013
The contest is open to the general public within the Denver/Boulder community (non-customers welcome to participate; no purchase necessary). The easiest way to vote is online by clicking the “Charity Contest” tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to cast a vote/entry online. Supporters may alternatively participate by casting a vote/entry in-person at one of Citywide Banks 12 Denver/Boulder branches. Just stop by any branch during regular business hours and complete an official contest ballot. As a reminder, supporters cannot vote through both online and branch methods. One vote/entry is permitted during the 14-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users may use sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity.

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