It is amazing what our community can do when we pull together! Work Options for Women was proud to be one of the 529 non-profits to help make history with Colorado’s first 24-hour fundraising campaign on December 8, 2010. Community First Foundation, the group that started the event, announced that $8.4 million dollars was raised for Colorado non-profits. This far exceeded their initial goal of 1 million dollars. Part of the day’s incentive came from FirstBank of Colorado who promoted a lead gift of $250,000 as an incentive fund, which increased to $320,000 by late Wednesday with the help of other donors. This incentive fund helped encourage non-profits to get involved with the day of giving knowing that they could receive a percentage of the funds based on total funds raised for their organization.
The team at WOW promoted its involvement for several weeks prior to the event and on the day of, Cafe Options had donation kiosks available, free cider, coffee and treats for people who stopped by that day. But it didn’t stop there, we also had a scheduled list of appearances which included a visit from Doug Linkhart, Councilman at Large and Mayoral Candidate (see the video below) and performances by Jeff McQuilkin and Bonnie Lowdermilk who brought beautiful holiday and jazz music to the event and great energy to Cafe Options.
By the end of the 24-hour effort, WOW had raised more than $19,362.98 (including incentive funds). These funds will help WOW to continue its training programs for women who have experienced homelessness or poverty and are looking to break the cycle and become gainfully employed in the food service industry.