Blog Post: March 6, 2017
Day to day, working at the bank is a world full of customer service, numbers, money, loans- all very serious stuff. Annually, we get the opportunity to host the Paonia BELA preschool for a tour of the bank. During this time, we get to see the world through the eyes of a child. They bring us back to our roots and remind us how magical and special it is to be in banking. We work in a world of fast-paced finance, but it's good to be reminded that there can be joy found around every corner at our historic burgeoning local bank. When the preschoolers toured the bank, their favorite stop was the Drive Thru. Now, our drive thru was the first drive thru 'dug' in Paonia! And we still have the equipment from the 1970's to prove it! The machine that pulls the tube back from the second vehicle in the drive thru is usually not pleasant for the teller--it's eardrum shaking loud and blows so hard it'd make you feel like you are in a wind tunnel. BUT when Kendra showed the preschoolers how to use it, they were amazed and laughed and screamed with glee when shown the 'drive thru monster'. The team got the privilege of learning what the preschoolers wanted to be when they grow up- a future farmer (who needs a loan for a GREEN tractor), many future nurses, and another who referred to himself as the "future owner of our local gas station," (many of you know who that might be)! While there were no future bankers in the group, we look forward to watching them grow up in our close-knit little mountain town.
Thank you to the Paonia BELA Preschool for making our day bright! And a special shout out to the team members who helped introduce the preschoolers to banking!
Blog Post by: Amy Crick
First Colorado National Bank Partners with Local Schools to Match Holiday Canned Food Drive
Paonia Elementary School teams up with First Colorado National Bank to donate canned goods and cash to the Paonia Food Bank. Student Council Representatives at PES helped coordinate their annual canned food drive with the proceeds going to the Paonia Food Bank. First Colorado National Bank matched $1 per canned good, which also went to the Paonia Food Bank.
Each December, First Colorado National Bank sponsors a canned food drive to gather food for Paonia’s Food Pantry. This year they partnered with both Paonia Elementary School and Hotchkiss K-8 to collect non-perishable food and award $1 in cash for every can collected to the Paonia Food Pantry and Helping Hands.
“Since both the bank and the local schools organize a holiday can drive each year, we thought it would be great to team up with the schools,” stated Bank CEO Stan Park. “We hope that by partnering with these students, we can further impact the total donations collected and money awarded to benefit those in need this holiday season.”
Through this collaborative effort, First Colorado National Bank was able to donate $522.00 to the Paonia Food Pantry and $1271.00 to Helping Hands, a dedicated group that puts together baskets of food for local students who have a hard time getting access to food during the weekends, over holidays, or when school is out for vacations.
Thank you to all who helped make this canned food drive a success and Happy Holidays!
First Colorado National Bank Sponsors Local High School Basketball Tournament
For the last four years, First Colorado National Bank has sponsored the first local basketball tournament of the season. In addition to sponsoring the tournament, FCNB also gives $1000 scholarships to deserving student-athletes from the following High Schools: Delta, Paonia, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.
“We’re proud to sponsor the tournament and the youth in the valley. They have worked extremely hard throughout the season, and we are honored to provide scholarships each spring to assist them in pursuing further education” commented FCNB President Brad Harding.
During the tournament, FCNB employees enthusiastically worked the ticket gate as teams competed for three days at both the Paonia and Delta High Schools. All the money collected at the gate went back to the schools.