Q4 Charity Vote Nominee: ‘Boys Hope Girls Hope’ Gives Kids a Ladder to the Light

Citywide ConnectCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $1,000 Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place  on Facebook from December 1-14, 2011.  The following is one of five nominated charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of ColoradoSome children grow up with barriers to success like steep canyon walls. They’re poor. Their parents are  ill, abusive, or have died. Although bright, these children can’t find a way up.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado gives children ages 10 to 14 a ladder to the light. This local nonprofit provides two homes for boys and girls separately, private high school education, caring supervision, tutoring, mentoring and college scholarships. 

Families elect to put their children in these values-based Boys Hope Girls Hope homes. One hundred percent of the kids who stick with the program go to college.

“The trick is getting to high school graduation,” said Mary Tharp, executive director. “Our program is voluntary – and sometimes, when they turn 16 or 17, kids want to leave for a more unstructured environment.” Still, to date, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado has sent 10 kids to the college and/or to serve in the military.

“Without Boys Hope, I would have ended up in a gang, selling drugs, and going to jail,” said a recent Creighton University and Boys Hope Girls Hope graduate.

That gives Tharp hope. “We know we’re changing lives,” she says.  A $1,000 donation would defray the homes’ $15,000 yearly food bill, or help fund school books, which cost $6,000 a year.  Learn more about how to make your own cash donation or volunteer your time to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado at www.BoysHopeGirlsHope.org/colorado.

Vote for Boys Hope Girls Hope in Upcoming Facebook Fan Vote 
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado is one of five Colorado charities nominated to receive $1,000 Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation. The runner-up charity will receive a $250 donation. Ready to vote CFVfor Boys Hope Girls Hope? Visit Citywide’s Facebook Fan Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Then, from December 1-14, 2011, Fans will be eligible to cast their vote. Stay tuned to this blog for spotlights on the other nominated charities.

Why Citywide Banks Is Promoting Colorado Charities
As part of its larger Citywide Connect community outreach program, Citywide Banks is aiming to raise awareness about the great work and ongoing needs of Denver & Boulder charities. Due to our economic times, it’s increasingly important for businesses to step up and help those in need around the Front Range. Our local charities cannot depend on government resources alone. As a locally-owned business bank, Citywide Banks wants to encourage more businesses to look at local charities for their corporate giving campaigns. We also want to encourage more business professionals to volunteer in our local community. Our quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in our campaign. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get some valuable exposure for their work and ongoing needs.

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