Alpine Bank, formerly known as Roaring Fork Bank, opened in Carbondale on January 23, 1973, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor Charles Kelly, Bank Director Wally deBeque and President Bob Young. The ribbon was made from 50 silver dollars attached to a string of tape. The money was donated to Mt. Sopris Park and marked the beginning of Alpine Bank's tradition of community giving and involvement.
More than 45 years later, hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals have benefited from Alpine Bank and Bob Young's generosity.
Community events, the arts, animal shelters, sports and recreation, and particularly children and education have been the focus of Alpine Bank’s philanthropy. Bob Young was recognized as the Colorado Philanthropist of the Year. In every Alpine Bank community, the bank is a major donor and supporter of local nonprofits.
Chairman Bob Young said he originally adopted his policies of giving back to the community because he thought it would be good for the bottom line. He has since realized, "It isn’t good for the bottom line, it is the bottom line."
Every day, our employees provide their time and talents for efforts that are important to their local communities — some read to children, others help build Habitat for Humanity houses, some donate blood, or participate in walk-a-thons. In fact, each employee receives 24 hours of paid volunteer time each year.
That means as a corporation, we have the potential to devote over 14,000 hours per year helping improve the lives of individuals in our communities. We are proud of the many employees who generously donate so much of their time in support of charitable, civic and professional organizations.