Nonprofit Spotlight: 2021 Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Nonprofit Spotlight: 2021 Yampa Valley Crane Festival

July 7, 2021

Sandhill cranes are large, ancient North American birds with fossil records dating back at least 2.5 million years. They’re known for their unique dancing displays and vocalizations that can carry for up to two miles. These magnificent birds and others that live and breed in the Yampa Valley of northwest Colorado are the reason for …

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Be a Bee Steward

Be a Bee Steward

June 16, 2021

To protect bees is to protect the very food crops that feed us; bees pollinate 35 percent of all agriculture. Sadly, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate over the past several decades due to pesticide use, climate change and loss of habitat in which they can thrive. You can do your part …

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Pays for A’s Drawing June 30

Pays for A’s Drawing June 30

June 16, 2021

For 30 years now, Alpine Bank has been rewarding school-age children for good grades. Kids from elementary school to high school can submit their report cards into a drawing and win up to $50. The Pays for A’s program now has two drawings each year, on January 31 and June 30. “Since its start, Alpine …

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Play Unified. Live Unified

Play Unified. Live Unified

June 15, 2021

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics …

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Make-A-Wish Colorado Creates Hope for Children with Critical Illnesses

Make-A-Wish Colorado Creates Hope for Children with Critical Illnesses

June 8, 2021

The foundation is raising funds and awareness in June, with its Hope is Essential online auction Research shows that a wish granted can give kids the strength to fight against, and even overcome, a critical illness. When a wish comes true it creates strength, hope and transformation in a child and in the community. A …

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Carbondale Arts Celebrates 50 Years Of Building Community Through Art

Carbondale Arts Celebrates 50 Years Of Building Community Through Art

June 4, 2021

What traditions and rituals play into the soul of community? What really defines community anyway, and how can one discern between important traditions that pass from generation to generation, and ones that need to be broken? A longstanding event in Carbondale, Colo., is one that answers these questions and shows that while our world is …

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Arbol Farm Market Feeds Community During Covid

Arbol Farm Market Feeds Community During Covid

June 4, 2021

In spring 2020, two Paonia nonprofits joined forces to help the residents of the rural North Fork Valley weather the effects of the pandemic. Viva la Vida and The Learning Council, both dedicated to supporting local agriculture and people in need, worked to establish the weekly Arbol Farm Market. The goal was to support farmers …

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Circle Of Family Extends In Mesa County

Circle Of Family Extends In Mesa County

June 4, 2021

The Colorado Mesa University nursing department and the faith-based Project 1.27 are helping to support the mental health of foster, kinship, and adoptive families in Mesa County. Despite the limitations that COVID-19 necessitated, these two dedicated partners succeeded with their inventive program that offered real-world experience to nursing students while making connections and promoting mental …

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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Create A Culture Of Stewardship

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Create A Culture Of Stewardship

June 4, 2021

Effects of the pandemic can be far-reaching, surprising or even just weird. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to trail work, restoration, and education—and located in White River National Forest, the country’s most visited forest—Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) actually engaged more community members in 2020 than in the previous year! And while more people than …

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Vail Interfaith Chapel Marks 50 Years With Major Renovation

Vail Interfaith Chapel Marks 50 Years With Major Renovation

June 4, 2021

The Vail Religious Foundation was created in 1963 to explore the construction of a mountain chapel dedicated to worship and community service. It would be used by several congregations of different faiths, in the same space—a novel idea in the early 1960s. A generous grant from Vail Associates, land on the banks of Gore Creek, …

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Smart Bellies Backpack Food Program

Smart Bellies Backpack Food Program

June 4, 2021

Smart Bellies started in Summit County just six months before the pandemic hit full force. Over the past year its footprint has expanded to reach three hundred families with school-aged children, providing them with wholesome meals and fresh produce. Because of its success, the organization’s scope now requires four to twelve volunteers every Tuesday through …

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Fort Lewis College’s Center For Innovation Provides Support For Entrepreneurs

Fort Lewis College’s Center For Innovation Provides Support For Entrepreneurs

June 4, 2021

Starting and running a business can be a challenging endeavor on its own. Layer on a global pandemic and it can be downright terrifying. Luckily for southwest Colorado, just a few weeks before COVID-19 closed many doors, Fort Lewis College (FLC) opened the Center for Innovation. The Center is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, providing …

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Creating A Brighter World For Children

Creating A Brighter World For Children

June 4, 2021

Noah walks into the Brighter World Child Advocacy Center. He doesn’t want to be there. Who would? But Noah has been sexually assaulted by his stepfather. The police are involved. The district attorney’s office and department of human services need statements and physical examinations. The court process is looming. Noah just wants to be safe …

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Hispanic Contractors Of Colorado Organization Helps Businesses Connect

Hispanic Contractors Of Colorado Organization Helps Businesses Connect

June 4, 2021

The Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) advocates for businesses in the construction industry and connects its members to new business opportunities. This business association welcomes new members aiming to grow their business and network in Colorado. Celebrating more than 30 years as Colorado’s diversity leader, HCC proudly supports small-business contracting companies with ownership representing diversity …

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Sustainability Can Be Easy

Sustainability Can Be Easy

May 25, 2021

The nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) wants to help people incorporate more sustainability into their own lives. And they want it to be easy. Living a sustainable lifestyle doesn’t always require a big step—like installing solar panels on your house or xeriscaping your yard. It can be as simple as reducing the amount of …

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“Passage of Time,” by Sushe Felix

“Passage of Time,” by Sushe Felix

May 3, 2021

Sushe Felix’s work involves a combination of her ongoing interest in the American Regionalists and Modernist art movements from the past and her desire to find new and different ways in which to depict the natural rhythms and movement found in nature. As a Colorado native, her work is all about brilliant color, and dramatic …

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Help to Heal: Boulder’s Grief Support Network

Help to Heal: Boulder’s Grief Support Network

April 28, 2021

Boulder’s Grief Support Network is offering Awakening through Grief Six-Week Yoga Therapy Program, a powerful introduction to the essential components of their somatic-based approach to grieving in the collective.  On a global scale, the Grief Support Network (GSN) believes humankind is experiencing grief of all kinds, and simultaneously being called to slow down and look …

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Dine on Alpine – Rifle is Open For Business

Dine on Alpine – Rifle is Open For Business

April 20, 2021

Rifle is open for business during construction! At Alpine Bank, we encourage you to shop and dine in downtown Rifle during the infrastructure improvements construction. We are. As a matter of fact, every weekday through July, an Alpine Banker will be having lunch at one of our great Rifle restaurants. If you happen to be …

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Visual Objects Survey: Small Businesses Using Social Media Expect Revenue

Visual Objects Survey: Small Businesses Using Social Media Expect Revenue

April 20, 2021

Visual Objects, a firm that helps businesses find marketing agencies, recently released the results of a survey which found that most small businesses that use social media expect their revenue to grow this year. Slightly over half of U.S. small businesses polled engage in social media every week, and project revenue growth this year despite …

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

April 8, 2021

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BRIGHTER WORLD CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

BRIGHTER WORLD CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

April 2, 2021

“It is important for people to know that no matter what lies in their past, they can overcome the dark side and press on to a brighter world.” – A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer To understand what a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is, one must understand what young victims of abuse face without one. Without a …

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

April 1, 2021

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

March 24, 2021

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Wedding Planning Pandemic-Style

Wedding Planning Pandemic-Style

March 23, 2021

The emergence of COVID-19 has upended virtually everything related to socializing, and that includes weddings. If wedding bells are in your future, there are a few things to think about before you begin planning for the special day, considering the impact the pandemic may have on your event and your finances. Fortunately, it isn’t all …

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“Spring Breck,” by David Gonzales

“Spring Breck,” by David Gonzales

March 23, 2021

By the time David Gonzales was 17, his work was on display in the Smithsonian, the U.S. Capitol Congressional Tunnel and the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has been included in several national and international museum traveling exhibits. Gonzales’ early work reflects his heritage, rich in Native American and Hispanic cultural …

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Where would YOU be without Agriculture?  Naked and Hungry!

Nonprofit Spotlight: Where would YOU be without Agriculture? Naked and Hungry!

March 10, 2021

Yes, we are trying to get your attention with this headline. Agriculture is one of those things we can easily take for granted. In an age where you can order food online or buy fresh raspberries in the middle of winter, most of us are somewhat removed from where our food and clothing come from. …

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Jamie Saff, Assistant Vice President/Manager of Alpine Banks Ridgway and Ouray

Happy 20th Anniversary to Jamie Saff, Assistant Vice President/Manager of Alpine Banks Ridgway and Ouray

March 5, 2021

Jamie Saff is celebrating two decades with Alpine Bank! Jamie grew up in a small Alaskan town, so her adopted hometown, Ridgway, is a perfect fit for her. She loves exploring the mountains on the weekends with her husband and three children. Jamie enjoys all types of outdoor activities including paddle boarding and hiking. She …

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The Story of 15 Years of Caring – Durango, Colorado

The Story of 15 Years of Caring – Durango, Colorado

March 3, 2021

Since we opened our doors in Durango in 2005, Alpine Bank’s goal has been to be your hometown community bank. We are thrilled to present the story of 15 Years of Caring, featuring your Durango Alpine Bankers and some of our local nonprofit partners telling about our journey.  We hope you enjoy perusing the pages …

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“Desert Giants,” by Cori Ward

“Desert Giants,” by Cori Ward

March 2, 2021

Cori Ward is an artist, wanderer and an altruist. She pursues life without abandon and tries to be fully present to the world around her. Her story is imperfect and messy, but it is filled with cherished family and friends. Ward strives to make time to create art that reflects an untamable wild, like the …

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Nonprofit Spotlight: The Importance of Mentors

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Importance of Mentors

February 19, 2021

When you were growing up, did you have an adult in your life you could turn to when you needed advice or support, or someone you could count on for companionship and fun? If you answered yes, you might also consider where you would be today without that person. They probably had a big impact …

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

February 18, 2021

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student of the Month

February 18, 2021

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Helping Youth Learn Lifelong Money Management Skills: Spotlight on Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Helping Youth Learn Lifelong Money Management Skills: Spotlight on Young Americans Center for Financial Education

February 12, 2021

Many young people grow up unprepared to be in charge of their own financial well-being.  An August 2020 report: Millennials and Money, noted “Millennials tend to rely heavily on debt, engage frequently in expensive short-and long-term money management and display low levels of financial literacy”. The report calls for greater financial education as “Financial literacy …

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Our Loyalty Debit Card & You: Makes Perfect Cents!

Our Loyalty Debit Card & You: Makes Perfect Cents!

February 8, 2021

In 2020, Alpine Bank was able to donate $1.56 million in funds raised exclusively by customers using their Alpine Bank Loyalty VISA® Debit Cards. Thanks to you, the combined customer Loyalty Debit Card donation was a part of the $4 million in total support that Alpine Bank gave to community groups and nonprofits across Colorado …

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“Waiting for the World,” by Terri Allender

“Waiting for the World,” by Terri Allender

January 28, 2021

Terri Allender moved to Vail from Denver in 1974, having always wanted to live in the mountains. She began painting in 2007 and has worked in charcoal, pastels, watercolor and oil. She helped found the Vail Valley Art Guild in 2014 with 10 other artists. After she retired in 2016 from being a mental health …

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Unified Champion Schools Build Friendships, Promote Inclusivity

Unified Champion Schools Build Friendships, Promote Inclusivity

January 12, 2021

More than 400 schools in Colorado are Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools — schools that give students who may be excluded in sports the chance to wear a jersey, train hard, be part of a team and create lasting friendships. Young people who have intellectual disabilities often are excluded on the playing field, sport court …

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“Winter Boulder Creek,” by Mary Lee Hill

“Winter Boulder Creek,” by Mary Lee Hill

December 30, 2020

Mary Lee Hill and her family relocated to Colorado in 1963. Once her children entered college, she focused on her art education. She attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Scottsdale Art School, The Student Art League of Denver and Loveland Art Academy. She has earned numerous awards for her work in oils and pastels. For …

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Small Businesses: Trade, Tech Key to COVID Recovery

Small Businesses: Trade, Tech Key to COVID Recovery

December 15, 2020

FedEx recently released survey results, finding that small businesses largely view both trade and tech as essential to their economic recovery from COVID-19. Business leaders would like to see expanded trade between the U.S. and other countries as they believe this creates opportunity and jobs here in our country. This 2020 Trade Index survey polled …

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Virtual Red Kettle – Help the Salvation Army this Year

Virtual Red Kettle – Help the Salvation Army this Year

December 8, 2020

We’re Banking on Neighborly Generosity. Alpine Banks from Aspen to Parachute have united in support of the Salvation Army with a Virtual Red Kettle. Join us in helping our neighbors in need this season with a donation of any amount. In 2020, the traditional onsite bell ringing at the traditional places has been challenging, with …

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Help Make-A-Wish Colorado Create Life-Changing Wishes

Help Make-A-Wish Colorado Create Life-Changing Wishes

December 1, 2020

For more than 35 years, Make-A-Wish Colorado® has provided hope to Colorado children battling a critical illness. Since 1983, more than 5,700 children have received their one true wish. Each wish is unique, but every wish helps to replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. In order to protect the health of …

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Charitable Giving Can Lower Your 2020 Taxes

Charitable Giving Can Lower Your 2020 Taxes

November 23, 2020

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t eagerly awaiting the end of 2020. However, the weeks remaining before this year finally draws to a close are the perfect time to consider making year-end charitable contributions, particularly since doing so can both lower your taxes and help nonprofits at a time when their needs …

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Worn but Not Worn Out

Worn but Not Worn Out

November 23, 2020

T-shirts – you have them everywhere! You wear your favorites frequently, but what about the rest? You’ve got a pile of them that have been outgrown, a bag of them that seem to have multiplied in your closet, a box of “special” ones that are more like souvenirs and a drawer of ones that are …

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Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping Fraud

Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping Fraud

November 23, 2020

The holidays are upon us and, what consumers need to know is that fraudsters and scammers never take time off, especially during the holiday shopping season. In fact, they tend to ramp up their activities because they know that people are not paying close attention to their accounts. In addition to all the common scams, …

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Living Will? Health Care Proxy?

Living Will? Health Care Proxy?

November 23, 2020

When it comes to things of value, your health is at the top of the list. So, it is important to know how you would like to handle things if you should ever become seriously ill. And there is no better reminder of this than a global pandemic. If you haven’t yet taken the time …

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PCs for People: Narrowing the Digital Divide

PCs for People: Narrowing the Digital Divide

November 23, 2020

You may not know that 54,000 Colorado students lack computers or the internet connection they need for online learning, a challenge magnified by COVID. Alpine Bank wants you to know about a remarkable nonprofit, PCs for People (PCFP), which is helping bridge this digital divide. PCFP refurbishes used computers—assuring secure, certified data destruction and hardware …

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Help Our Community by Supporting Mile High United Way

Help Our Community by Supporting Mile High United Way

November 10, 2020

Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the world, works side by side with the community and takes on critical human services issues facing a seven-county footprint, spanning the Metro Denver, Boulder and Broomfield communities. Mobilizing the power of a community united, Mile High United Way brings together the private, public and philanthropic sectors …

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Student – October 2020

Alpine Bank’s Featured Student – October 2020

October 28, 2020

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Summit54 Takes Learning Outside

Summit54 Takes Learning Outside

October 28, 2020

We are all faced with challenges related to COVID-19, yet for young children in their formative years, the negative toll related to school closures is immeasurable. In elementary school, children learn far more than reading and math. Essential social skills such as sharing, teamwork and problem solving are developed through social interaction. Summit54 is providing …

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Warhorse Ranch

Warhorse Ranch

October 28, 2020

In March of 2020, Mike and Valery Lozano of Steamboat Springs established Warhorse Ranch as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Warhorse Ranch is an equine-assisted therapy facility devoted to empowering veterans, first responders and victims of trauma who are affected by PTSD, anxiety and depression. Their board of directors is comprised of veterans, first responders, equine …

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River Bridge Promotes Hope & Healing: Reel It In! Fishing Derby Raises Funds & Awareness

River Bridge Promotes Hope & Healing: Reel It In! Fishing Derby Raises Funds & Awareness

October 28, 2020

For a child who has experienced abuse, they need only tell their story once—to a compassionate listener in a safe, peaceful and home-like environment—to begin the healing process. Located in Glenwood Springs, River Bridge Regional Center is a child advocacy nonprofit that has served nearly 2,000 children and 3,000 non-offending family members in Garfield, Pitkin, …

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