Q4 Charity Vote Nominee: Colorado Uplift Helps Struggling Urban Youth Find Right Path

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.

Depressed. Fearful. Poor school skills.  Homeless. Abused. Alone. These words, in one way or another, describe 40,000 Denver ‘at-risk’ children. 

Colorado UpliftSuch children need to bond with responsible adults, adults who can teach them skills for success. Learning respect, integrity and courage – along with mentoring – is the foundation such kids need.

Founded in 1982, Colorado Uplift  supports 4,000 at-risk children in 22 Denver public schools each year. Its paid mentors start in fourth grade and follow children through high school. By the time Colorado Uplift students are teenagers, they attend sports games, do community volunteering and take leadership development classes – all while fulfilling academic commitments.

Ninety percent of the kids who spend three or more years with Colorado Uplift graduate from high school.  Four out of five of those kids go to college, trade school or the military.  

“We’re purveyors of hope,” said Morgan Bess, development coordinator at Colorado Uplift. “We take kids who don’t have any hope, and provide them with the skills and mentoring they need to see a future.”

The program, which relies entirely on private donations for its $4 million yearly budget, is so successful it is being replicated in Phoenix, Portland, Orlando and the Bronx.  A $1,000 donation to the program will fund one child for one year.  Learn more about how to make your own cash donation or volunteer your time to Colorado Uplift at www.coloradouplift.org.

Vote for Colorado Uplift in Upcoming $1,000 Facebook Vote 
Colorado Uplift is one of five Colorado charities nominated for the $1,000 Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation from Citywide Banks. The runner-up charity will receive a $250 donation. Ready to CFVvote for Colorado Uplift? 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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