(Contest Nominee) HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION Brings Independence Home for Denver’s Disabled

Seven Colorado charities have been nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place on Facebook from March 17-31, 2014. The local community is invited to vote for a nominee and enter prize drawings. $7,500 in cash donations will be split between nominees based on the voting results. CLICK HERE for voting page

For people challenged with a physical disability, navigating around town or even in their own house can be difficult. Ramps, wider door frames, special showers and other home modifications can go a long way in making people with accessibility issues more comfortable and independent. However, home modifications, whether you have a disability or not, can be cost prohibitive. That’s where the Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver (HBF) can help.

HBF teams with the building industry and volunteers to provide accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities who are in financial need. So, not only does HBF provide home accessibility improvements and modifications at no cost, but the work is done by skilled builders and remodelers.

The idea for HBF originated from the member council of the Home Builders Association who were looking for a way for the building industry to give back to the community. Founded in 1993, the HBF was formed as its own 501(c)3 non-profit to assist all families in need with any home modification. They helped many people in crisis including victims of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

Then in 2008, the HBF Board of Directors decided that it would be better if they refined their mission and changed the group’s focus to helping only those with accessibility issues and financial need.

They’ve since helped about 1,100 recipients through remodeling projects.  Their clients come to them mostly by referrals from other nonprofits, including Craig Hospital and the National MS Society. Clients include seniors, people with long term disabilities caused by conditions such as MS, Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy and those with spinal cord or other traumatic injuries resulting in life in a wheel chair.

The home projects must relate to an accessibility need such as installing lifts, handrails or grab bars. And the recipient, or a family member, must own the home and live in the Denver Metro area. They must also show financial hardship or need.

Each home modification project is headed up by a Project Captain, usually a skilled volunteer or sometimes a company or a contractor working at a discounted rate.  That person or company acts as sort of general contractor, developing a timeline and budget, securing trades and suppliers and communicating with the recipient family and HBF.

And the really wonderful thing about HBF, and the community, is that through partnerships with local businesses such as BlueLinx, Alpine Lumber, ProBuild and Accessible Systems, the Project Captain and his crew are able to complete numerous projects at a fraction of what it would normally cost retail.

“We are able to leverage our dollars because we have such great partnerships,” says HBF executive director Beth Forbes. “Every dollar we put toward our project is worth about $5 because we have so much in-kind donations and support from our partners.”

HBF is regularly looking for volunteers and financial donors. It can always use skilled labor volunteers and Project Captains. The organization hosts four major fundraising events each year, which creates several sponsor opportunities for local businesses.

Each February, HBF partners with the Colorado Avalanche for a fundraiser called Pucks for Possibilities. Tickets to the event include a Colorado Avalanche game, refreshments and a special exhibition game. Their second and most popular event is a wine crawl in June called Grapes and Galleries in partnership with popular restaurants, shops and galleries in Cherry Creek North. During September, HBF hosts a fundraising golf tournament, and later in the fall it holds a recognition luncheon. Check out the www.HBFdenver.org website for complete information and volunteer opportunities for these events.

A $5,000 donation would go a long way, says Forbes, toward bettering our program and helping more recipients. For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit www.HBFdenver.org.

Vote to Give Home Builders Foundation a $5,000 Hand-Up

As a family owned bank focused entirely on the Front Range, Citywide Banks shares a commitment to our local community with Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver. Through our Charity Hand-Up Contest, we are proud to spotlight the great work and ongoing needs of Colorado nonprofits. The local community is invited to cast a vote on Facebook for one of seven nominated Colorado causes. Based on the 15-day vote, Citywide Banks will divide $7,500 in cash contributions among the seven charities nominated by bank employees. The charity with the most votes will receive the top $5,000 donation. Contest voters can also enter to win great prizes, including dinner for two at a top Denver restaurant. Official prize drawing rules are available by clicking here. Full contest details are at www.CitywideBanks.com/charity/.

How to Cast Your Vote – March 17-31, 2014
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. One vote/entry is permitted during the 15-day contest. After voting on Facebook, users can use the sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity. There is even an added bonus prize drawing for those voters that post the contest on their own Facebook timeline.

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