Phoenix Entrepreneurial Community Gives Back

The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation and CO+HOOTS have partnered together for “Coats4Kids,” a program which collects winter clothing for UMOM residents in Phoenix.

PHOENIX, Ariz. - November 21, 2013 - The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation and CO+HOOTS have teamed up to help warm the holiday season for needy families in Phoenix. Together, the business incubator and coworking space initiated “Coats4Kids,” a winter clothing drive to accept community donations of coats and sweaters.

“The thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Phoenix has been built on a foundation of collaboration with one another,” said Keith Mulvin, CO+HOOTS Community Manager. “This program gave us the opportunity to extend that principle into a meaningful initiative that improves our community.”

The goal of the program, which runs through December 6, is to collect in excess of 200 clothing contributions, which will subsequently be dry cleaned and delivered to UMOM in Phoenix, the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. The organization’s mission is to “provide homeless families and individuals safe shelter, housing and supportive services to assist them in reaching their greatest potential.”

According to CEI Executive Director Jeff Saville, UMOM was the logical beneficiary.

“UMOM represents the best of the city of Phoenix,” he said. “They not only provide basic everyday essentials but facilitate the personal and professional development of their residents, and ‘Coats4Kids’ is our way of supporting and bringing awareness to their efforts.”

To donate, please bring new and/or gently-used coats, sweaters or additional clothing to CEI, located at 275 N. GateWay Drive, or CO+HOOTS, located at 1027 E. Washington St. Suite 107, both in Phoenix. Financial contributions (only payable by check to UMOM) will also be accepted.

For more information, visit www.ceigateway.com/c4k.

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About CEI

An initiative of the Maricopa Corporate College, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation is a community-based business incubator located on the campus of GateWay Community College in the heart of Discovery Triangle. With funding from the US Economic Development Administration, City of Phoenix and Maricopa Community College District, CEI provides targeted business services and proactive business support to create a systematic link between technology development, compelling markets and opportunities; entrepreneurial and managerial talent development; early stage capital sourcing; and education and training, interns, coaching and business counseling. For more about CEI, visit www.ceigateway.com.

Media Contact:

Greg Bullock, bullock@ceigateway.com, 602-286-8958 (Office), 480-544-8320 (Cell).