SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2013) - Denver 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 stations located throughout the city. San Diego-based IPS Group, Inc. provided 85 new, light blue donation smart parking meters capable of accepting both debit and credit card and change donations to Denver's Road Home Program, in partnership with Wyless, Arrow Electronics and Denver Public Works. The color blue was selected for the meters 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 Denver Mayor Michael B. 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.
The smart meters provide a convenient option for anyone to donate. "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 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." Typically programs can expect a 50% increase in donations on average when IPS meters are installed at donation stations.
IPS has been a proud contributor to numerous charity programs for the past three years, including Denver's Road Home, which represents the company's largest CSR effort to date. "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."
Denver's Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milliner underscored the importance of collaboration, noting, "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."
Denver Public Works will replace the existing Denver's Road Home coin only donation meters with the new blue, card and coin 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.
About the Program
Since its inception in 2007, the Better Way to Give campaign has raised more than $200,000.00 for Denver's Road Home Program. The Better Way to Give campaign allows the public 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
About IPS Group, Inc:
San Diego-based IPS Group, Inc. (www.ipsgroupinc.com) is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focused on ultra-low power wireless telecommunications and parking technologies. IPS manufactures its parking meters in the US and has been delivering world-class solutions to the telecommunications and parking industries for nearly 20 years. The company is best known for their patented credit card-enabled, solar powered single-space parking meter and comprehensive web-based meter management system.
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