Community members looking for an opportunity to help the homeless will be able to easily make a donation by swiping their debit or credit card or dropping spare change at any of the Better Way to Give donation smart meters located throughout the city.
Denver’s Road Home, in partnership with IPS Group, Wyless, Arrow Electronics and Denver Public Works, will replace the existing red donation meters with new, light blue donation smart meters capable of accepting both debit and credit card and change donations.
"What’s unique about the Better the Way to Give campaign is the opportunity it offers every person in our community to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Each person walking by a donation meter has the ability to make a change for someone in need by making a simple donation. By donating at a meter, you will be helping to provide direct services that help the homeless.”
“We selected the color blue because of its symbolic nature. Blue symbolizes strength, new beginnings and optimism – all qualities the homeless must embrace on their journey to self-sufficiency,” said Mayor Hancock.
As part of the launch, Denver’s Road Home announced it would designate all meter donations for the next year towards mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
“There are over 5,000 homeless people living in the City and County of Denver who desperately need our help,” Mayor Hancock said. “With 21 percent of the homeless self-reporting a mental health matter and 18 percent self-reporting a substance abuse issue, we feel it is important to allocate specific funding towards these services.”
The 85 donation smart meters and technology were generously donated by IPS Group, Wyless and Arrow Electronics. “As a longstanding partner with the City and County of Denver, IPS is honored to provide donation meter stations to Denver’s Road Home to help end homelessness” said Dave King, President and CEO of IPS Group. “We hope that the additional payment flexibility the meters provide will lead to more frequent and larger donations to help further the City’s humanitarian initiatives.”
Jones International, a first-time sponsor of the Better Way to Give donation smart meter campaign, joined Mayor Hancock to unveil the new smart donation meters. “Just as Jones International University is committed to changing lives through the enabling power of education, we’re excited to be part of the Better Way to Give smart donation meter launch and the quest to make a difference in our local Denver community,” said JIU Chancellor, Dr. Milton Goldberg. “We believe funds collected by the Better Way to Give campaign will enrich lives and assist in the continued effort to build a better tomorrow.” Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC and rabble + rouser are also first-time sponsors of the Better Way to Give donation meter campaign.
Denver’s Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milliner discussed the importance of collaboration. “We are incredibly grateful to IPS Group for donating 85 smart meters to help our cause. And, I want to thank Denver Public Works and our sponsors for their ongoing commitment to support the Better Way campaign. It’s this type of collaborative spirit that helps to advance our efforts to end homelessness in our community.”
The Downtown Denver Partnership showed its support during the unveiling. “We are pleased to join the City and Denver’s Road Home in re-launching this important effort by making it even easier for individuals to make direct contributions to Denver’s Road Home,” said Tami Door, Downtown Denver Partnership CEO & President. “We are proud to be home to the majority of the donation meters in Denver as they provide high visibility for the entire program as well as an ongoing opportunity for people to give to those in need.”
Denver Public Works will replace the existing Denver’s Road Home donation meters with the new blue, donation meters over the next few weeks. The meters will be located in and around the downtown corridor and placed along existing meter routes for easy change collection.
Businesses, community groups and individuals are invited to sponsor a donation meter for $1,000 a year. The donation smart meters accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards in increments of one-dollar to one-hundred dollars. And, donors can continue to drop spare change into the meters.
The Better Way to Give campaign began in 2007. Since this time, the program has raised more than $200,000 for Denver’s Road Home. The Better Way to Give campaign shows the public that there is a better way to give to help the homeless by providing an alternative to giving to panhandlers. In turn, donors can rest assured that their donation is going towards services that directly benefit the homeless.
To learn more about the Better Way to Give campaign and Denver’s Road Home, visit www.denversroadhome.org.