Asian Pacific Development Center Surges on Final Weekend to Win Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC), a nonprofit dedicated to helping international refugees integrate into the Denver community, edged out six other Colorado charities to rally the most votes in the Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest. The 21-day Facebook contest raised awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. APDC will receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, Arvada Community Food Bank, will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. APDC will also receive an additional $500 donation for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest.

“Thank you to everyone that helped us raise awareness of all seven of these fantastic organizations,” commented Steve Ebner, marketing director at Citywide Banks. “Our Denver community is blessed with so many inspiring organizations working everyday to make a difference.  Our hope is that more people are now aware of these seven nonprofits, their missions, and how to continue supporting them as we move forward.  Thanks to everyone that voted and shared their stories on social media.”

Contest Prize Drawing Winners
Winners of the voter prize drawings will be notified within the next week about their prize. The winners were Johanna K. of Denver ($100 Stoic & Genuine Restaurant), Rolf K. of Highlands Ranch ($100 Stoic & Genuine Restaurant), Chris H. of Aurora ($25 Starbucks), Carley P. of Arvada ($25 Starbucks), Kelsey W. of Denver ($25 Starbucks), Tish A. of Arvada (Citywide Banks T-Shirt), Candice T. of Denver (Citywide Banks T-Shirt), Jana H. of Highlands Ranch (Citywide Banks T-Shirt), Dan M. of Littleton (Citywide Banks T-Shirt), and Jenny C. of Northglenn (Citywide Banks T-Shirt).

Get to Know Asian Pacific Development Center
Refugees coming to Colorado from Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, and other parts of Asia have become the state’s fastest growing ethnic minority group reaching close to 150,000. The group has unique cultural and language barriers that make it challenging to adapt to living in the United States. The Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) helps these new metro Denver residents by providing specialized mental health and primary healthcare services, job readiness training, and victim assistance programs.

APDC plans to use the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks to help fund its adult education and youth programs, and also support a larger community garden initiative that serves behavioral health clients as therapy. Check out the video below, and the full spotlight article to learn more about this worthy organization.



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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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

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