Join us for National Volunteer Week, taking place April 23-29, 2017. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose by taking their passion and turning it into meaningful change. Whatever your passion, change starts with you. Spark change in your community by giving back.
Below, we invite you to read about some of our employees making a difference in their communities by volunteering and just a few of the organizations they support.
Executive Vice President, Business Development, Cherry Creek
Demonstrating his commitment to service and encouraging a spirit of giving among his family, colleagues and community is important to Charlie Kercheval. His personal commitment to service began at a young age, when he was involved in a variety of service projects in his home town of Grand Junction and, later, around the world. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association, CollegeInvest, Colorado Succeeds, Public Education and Business Coalition, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District, Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Samaritan Institute, Alliance Committee of International Council of Shopping Centers, Douglas County Educational Foundation, Parker Economic Development Council and Denver Tech Center Kiwanis Club. In addition, Charlie has enjoyed being assistant coach and treasurer for several competitive youth baseball teams.
University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association (CU-Boulder)
The CU-Boulder Alumni Association seeks to design, develop and execute innovative strategies to significantly increase the involvement of current and future alumni within the university. The organization publishes an award-winning quarterly magazine and numerous online communications; produces academic and social programming; funds scholarships and hosts local, regional and international events throughout the year.
Fraud Case Manager, Risk Management, Grand Junction
Sandra Legg is committed to giving back to her community. Her volunteerism with St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction started when, as one of the first cancer-survivor models, she had the honor of walking the runway in the Survive Fashion Show in 2013. Over the next few years, Sandra became the raffle chair and modeled in two more shows. Although she is now a “retired” model, Sandra still runs the raffle ticket sales for the show. Sandra joined the SCRUBS group of young professionals in 2014 and spent the next three years learning about St. Mary’s Hospital and advocating for the organization in the community. Sandra also volunteers at the Friends of St. Mary’s Hospital fundraising events twice a year, and she currently sits on the fundraising committee for the St. Mary’s Ball.
SCRUBS: A new generation of support for St. Mary’s Hospital
SCRUBS was founded in 2011 to engage young members, between the ages of 25 and 45, with St. Mary’s Hospital. SCRUBS is comprised of young and energetic philanthropists dedicated to safeguarding the future of healthcare in the Grand Valley through annual contributions and advocacy.
Banking Officer, Rifle and New Castle
Shelbi Bauer has a “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude and approach, which makes her an indispensable volunteer with numerous organizations throughout the lower Colorado River Valley. Shelbi helps Habitat for Humanity build houses. She brings her financial know-how to Junior Achievement—educating students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. She also serves as the vice president of the Rifle Community Foundation, helping to fund grants from nonprofit applicants in the region. Finally, as a board member with the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Shelbi helps create and support events for business development and has a hand in developing engaging programs to reflect what business members in the community need to be successful.
Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy and support organization with an overall purpose to help improve the general business and economic vitality of the region. Dedicated to the community and its quality of life, the policies and programs of the organization are determined by the board of directors and designed to create an environment where businesses thrive.
Senior Vice President, Basalt
Volunteering in education can make a big impact on a community, and Yuani Ruiz is dedicated to making just such an impact. He has been a school board member at the Ross Montessori School for three years and the board treasurer for two years. Yuani has also volunteered for Junior Achievement (JA) of the Roaring Fork Valley for years. Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley helps to educate children on the importance of staying in school, teaches how business and economics improve the quality of their lives and allows understanding that business development is the engine that drives our economy and creates jobs.
He has been a JA classroom volunteer for 13 years across all grade levels, primarily teaching the high school personal finance curriculum in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale High Schools. Yuani has also been on the JA board of directors for seven years.
Ross Montessori School
Ross Montessori School in Carbondale exists to prepare compassionate life-long learners to make a positive impact on the world. The main goal of the Montessori approach is to develop the joy of learning. The Montessori method of teaching helps students reach their academic potential through directed but non-competitive activities producing students who are confident in their academic knowledge as well as in their problem-solving skills.
Loan Assistant, Durango
Tyler Putnam makes a difference in the Durango community by volunteering with Youth Baseball of Southwestern Colorado. Tyler’s passion for baseball made him a natural fit for the long-standing partnership between Alpine Bank and Youth Baseball. He has been volunteering for Youth Baseball of Southwestern Colorado for three years, doing everything from helping with field maintenance to flipping burgers on the grill during the regional tournaments—and anything else that needed attention. Tyler has been instrumental in helping to ensure that Youth Baseball of Southwestern Colorado is a sustainable, successful organization providing every youth in La Plata County the opportunity to play ball. Most recently, he served as vice president of the board.
Youth Baseball of Southwestern Colorado (YBSWC)
YBSWC has sponsored amateur youth baseball leagues for Durango and LaPlata County boys and girls for nearly 20 years. The objective of YBSWC is to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well-adjusted, stronger and happier children who will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.
Mortgage Loan Originator, Dillon
Lorri Heuck is an affiliate founder for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) High Country Colorado. Her consistent and passionate involvement encourages others to volunteer with organizations throughout Summit County. NAMI fulfills a very dire need in Summit County for quality mental health care. Lorri has been involved with NAMI High Country Colorado since its inception two years ago and looks forward to helping the organization reach its full potential. She currently serves as treasurer.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) High Country Colorado
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI High Country Colorado is a local affiliate of NAMI Colorado. NAMI High Country Colorado’s dedicated volunteers, members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support for families and individuals in our community living with mental illness.
Loan Administrator, Avon
Mirjana Rowe has a passion for the outdoors, community and protecting the environment. All of her passions come together at her many volunteer roles around Eagle County. Mirjana works on trails for Adopt-A-Trail, which is part of the nonprofit Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, assists at SOS Outreach Colorado’s annual Colorado Eagle River Ride and uses her building prowess at Habitat for Humanity’s project in Stratton Flats in Gypsum.
Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association’s Adopt-a-Trail Program
The mission for Adopt-a-Trail is to establish Eagle County as a premier global mountain biking destination. The vision is a community of diverse participants who vigorously support the maintenance and construction of sustainable mountain biking and hiking trails throughout Eagle County. This work is accomplished with the help of tools provided by the forest service and hours of donated manual labor.
Teller/CSR, Steamboat Springs
Jory Slingerland has been involved in organizations in Steamboat for years. She is committed to making a difference with REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide). She helps in most every aspect of the nonprofit including fundraising, casework management and teaching about the negative affects bullying has on students. She is currently working toward her ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), which will help her expand her knowledge and skills to intervene when someone is at risk for suicide.
Jory also is involved with It Takes Courage, a program within REPS. Designed to raise awareness of suicide prevention (or raise awareness of the signs of a suicidal person) and the lasting, negative impacts that bullying can have, It Takes Courage is an outreach program that targets middle school and high school students.
Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS)
REPS seeks to preserve, protect and promote life by providing the Yampa Valley with a group of trained volunteers, collaborative initiatives, educational programs, compassionate survivor-care and proactive suicide prevention efforts. Largely, a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, REPS provides suicide crisis support, suicide prevention and suicide support groups in Routt and Moffat counties in Northwestern Colorado. Offered programs include a 24/7 hotline, the suicide prevention advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center, ASIST and QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training, a depression/bi-polar support group and a heartbeat survivor support group. The organization also holds many trainings in community schools and offers one-on-one crisis support.