Citywide Banks Honoring Community with November Charity Hand-Up Contest – Seven Colorado Nonprofits Nominated

Citywide Banks employees have nominated seven Colorado nonprofits to compete in the next Charity Hand-Up Contest from November 2-22, 2015.  The community is invited to participate by voting for a charity nominee on Facebook and sharing their support of one or more of the nominees through social media.  The charity that receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. An additional $2,500 in donations will be split between the other nominees based on final vote standings. A bonus $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most.  The public can also enter to win several prizes by participating.  Watch for charity spotlights and more announcements as the November 2nd kickoff approaches.

Get Involved, Get Inspired
Each charity nominee will be promoted in Citywide Banks branches, on its blog and out to its 10,000+ social media followers. Follow Citywide Banks on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn to catch all contest updates.  Here is how supporters can help their favorite nominee:

  1. “Like” the charity’s Facebook page — The charity nominee with the biggest percentage increase in Facebook followers during contest will receive an extra $500 donation from Citywide Banks.
  2. Vote for the charity on the contest page at Citywide’s Facebook page (users will need to “Like” the Citywide page prior to submitting vote)
  3. Post a personal testimonial about your favorite nominee on Citywide’s Facebook page
  4. Share posts and spotlight articles about the contest with friends, coworkers, and family

Here Are the Nominees:

ALS ASSOCIATION ROCKY MOUNTAIN
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, a fatal, degenerative neuro-muscular disease. The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The Rocky Mountain Chapter offers a full spectrum of free programs and services to help local persons living with ALS, their family members, and caregivers in the Rocky Mountain region. ALS Association Rocky Mountain was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Boulder and Downtown Denver branches.
Follow ALS Rocky Mountain on Facebook
View spotlight article

ARVADA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
The Arvada Community Food Bank was formed in 1982 to serve the needy and vulnerable of Northern Jefferson County. Our goal is to secure the resources necessary to meet the nutritional needs and support for self-sufficiency to qualifying community members. It is this legacy which we strive to continue through our generous and hardworking volunteers, supporters, Board of Directors and staff. We take pride in being an essential strand in the fabric of our community. Arvada Community Food Bank was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Arvada and Lakewood branches.
Follow Arvada Community Food Bank on Facebook
View spotlight article & video

ASIAN PACIFIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER
APDC has been serving the needs of the AAPI Immigrant and Refugee communities for over 35 years. Our mission is to advance the well-being of the Asian American Pacific Islander, and other communities in need, by providing a culturally appropriate and integrated system of care. Our programs and services include Behavioral Health, Primary Care and Wellness, Adult Education, Youth Programs, Victims Assistance, Legal Aid referrals, and Interpretation/Translation services, in over 60 languages and dialects. APDC was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Colfax branch and operations center.
Follow APDC on Facebook
View spotlight article (coming soon)

COLORADO CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM
Colorado Cancer Research Program (CCRP) partners with 21 hospitals, 35 community clinics and more than 140 physicians located throughout Colorado and also in Wyoming to develop breakthrough cancer treatments, innovative clinical trials, symptom control and prevention, all resulting from cutting edge cancer research. Because of CCRP, patients now have local access to such life-saving treatment right in their own communities. In 2015, they will have more than 300 patients in 70 open trials, and another 1,500 followed for post treatment. CCRP was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Peoria branch and operations center in memory of Jack Ortiz, a fellow employee that recently lost his battle with cancer.
Follow CCRP on Facebook
View spotlight article & video

COLORADO INITIATIVE FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
The employment rate for students with intellectual disabilities who complete an inclusive college education is 70% compared to those with no college.  Yet, Colorado is one of a handful of states without such opportunities.  IN! was established to ensure that these students have the ability to exercise the same freedoms we all enjoy:  self-determination, life-long learning and personal growth.  As a result, these adults use fewer public and family resources and become contributing members of every community. IN! was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Hampden, Cherry Creek, and Santa Fe branches.
Follow IN! on Facebook
View spotlight article

THE DENVER HOSPICE
The Denver Hospice is the region’s leading non-profit hospice and palliative care provider since 1978. We deliver exceptional comfort, compassion and care while honoring and respecting the dignity of anyone facing advanced illness. Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care providing medical, emotional and spiritual care focusing on comfort and quality of life. Nowhere will you find a more compassionate group of experts dedicated to one greater purpose ­ — you. The Denver Hospice was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Mississippi branch.
Follow The Denver Hospice on Facebook
View spotlight article & video

OPENWORLD LEARNING
OpenWorld Learning (OWL) is a non-profit organization that serves approximately 1,200 students annually. Founded in 2000, the organization provides free STEM-based afterschool education to Title I students in Colorado so that they may learn important technology and leadership skills in a fun and safe environment. OWL’s elementary and middle school curriculums have earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment and have been proven to improve attendance rates and standardized test scores. OWL was nominated by the employees at the Citywide Banks Denver Tech Center and Centennial branches.
Follow OWL on Facebook
View spotlight article & video

50 Years of Community Commitment
Citywide Banks is a 52-year-old, family owned and operated, business bank focused entirely on the Front Range.  The bank has a deep rooted tradition of supporting more than 150 local charities annually through volunteering and financial contributions.  As part of its community outreach program, Citywide Banks is using its large social media network to give an extra “hand-up” to outstanding Colorado nonprofits. Since September 2011, the Charity Hand-Up Contests on Facebook have raised awareness and money for more than 80 Colorado nonprofits.

All Charity Nominees Get a Donation – $8,000 Up for Grabs

  • $5,000 donationCharity with most contest votes
  • $1,000 donationRunner-up charity in vote standings
  • $750  donationThird place charity in vote standings
  • $500  donationFourth place charity in vote standings
  • $125 donationFifth place charity in vote standings
  • $75 donationSixth place charity in vote standings
  • $50 donationSeventh place charity in vote standings
  • $500 BONUS donation Charity with biggest % increase in Facebook followers during 21-day contest

Public Can Win Prizes Too
The public is invited to participate in the contest by voting online at Facebook.com/citywidebanks. The voting form includes an optional entry into the voter prize drawings. Only one vote/entry is permitted per Facebook account. No purchase is necessary to participate. Official rules with all voting methods are published at Denver-Business-Bank.com/sweepstakes-official-rules.pdf. Voters can enter to win one of the following prizes when they cast a vote for a charity nominee:

  • $100 Dinner at Stoic & Genuine Restaurant  (2 winners)
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card (2 winners)
  • Citywide Banks Sport T-Shirt (5 winners)

How to Cast Vote on Facebook – November 2-22, 2015
All of the contest voting will take place on a special “Charity Contest” section of Citywide Banks Facebook page. Users simply need to log into their personal Facebook account from a computer or smartphone, and visit Facebook.com/citywidebanks. Users will need to “like” the bank’s Facebook page to submit a vote/entry online. One vote/entry per person is permitted during the 21-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.

For more information, please visit the bank’s website at www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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