In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alpine Bank in Delta County, the bank is sponsoring local organizations and events on a monthly basis throughout the year as a way of recognizing not only its 10-year milestone but also its commitment to the community. The monthly events and activities are selected by the staff at the Delta location under the leadership of branch manager, Barbara Wolfe.
"We look for organizations and events that are providing a much-needed service in Delta County," says Wolfe. After attending a Women in Business event at the Delta Library, "it occurred to us how many services the libraries provide. Their service to the community is to be commended. I hope in a small way Alpine Bank can help Delta County Libraries in their efforts to serve the county."
Allison Nadel, assistant vice president and regional marketing director for Alpine Bank, contacted Delta County Libraries in mid-February to share the news that the libraries had been selected for a sponsorship in March. Nadel has since worked with library staff to develop a plan for Alpine Bank to support a library program.
March is always a busy month for the Library District's seed library and so it quickly became the focus of the sponsorship. "The timing is really perfect for us," declares Sarah Pope, Hotchkiss Library staff member and the driving force behind the seed library. "After several months of sorting, packaging and cataloging, seed packets are now available for the public to take home. Interested library patrons will find knowledgeable staff and thousands of seeds for check out at each of our five locations. Alpine Bank is doing the community a huge service by sponsoring this year's kick-off and program expansion."
The program expansion refers to the recent transition from a primarily North Fork-based seed library to a countywide program. "The seed library was originally a pilot program in the North Fork area," says LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director for Delta County Libraries. "The program has been very successful and has now been implemented countywide with trained staff and plenty of seeds available for check out in each community."
Delta County Libraries is currently in the process of rebranding the seed library to reflect this change. Formerly called the North Fork Seed Library, it will now be the Delta County Seed Library moving forward. Through its sponsorship, Alpine Bank will support the libraries in this process.
In addition to providing monetary support for program expenses such as updating marketing materials, packaging supplies and providing books for a spring display in each library, Alpine Bank will also support the program with a prize drawing for a spring-themed basket at Alpine Bank's Delta branch. Visitors to the bank can be entered into the drawing for a $1 donation. The winner will be announced at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce's Spring Expo on Saturday, April 1, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Delta County Libraries will host a booth highlighting the Delta County Seed Library during both days of the expo and library staff will be available to answer questions about the seed library and other library services.
To learn more about the seed library, the Spring Expo, or other programs offered in March, visit www.deltalibraries.org or your local library.
Calling all volunteers! Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail has received six new tipis that will be used as outdoor classrooms in conjunction with the Nature Connection. John Hardy has volunteered to lead a group of folks who are willing to learn how to set up the tipis and pitch in where necessary.