July Newsletter

A NEW BELLCO BRANCH IS OPENING IN LONGMONT

 

To better accommodate an expanding Denver metro area, Bellco is proud to announce that we’ll be opening our 24th branch later this month! The new Longmont Branch will officially open on Monday, July 24, and will provide greater access and convenience to members who live and work in the Longmont area. The new branch is conveniently located at 1250 S. Hover St. in the Village at the Peaks outdoor shopping center. It’s our second branch to open in Boulder County, along with the McCaslin Branch, which opened last year in Louisville. 

 

The new Longmont Branch will offer our full suite of traditional Bellco products and services including free checking, savings, home mortgages, and auto loans. Its full-service lobby will be open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. The branch will also feature an Express Teller Machine and 24-hour ATM access. 

LONGMONT BRANCH OPENING WEEK 
July 24–29, 2017


Join us the week of July 24–29 for giveaways, food, prizes, and a special Longmont Branch-only checking promotion. Keep a lookout for updates on Bellco.org or on Bellco’s Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there!

SUMMERTIME VOLUNTEERING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Outdoor Volunteering

At Bellco, we value giving back to our community, so we encourage both our employees and our members to volunteer with organizations that need a helping hand. But we’re often surprised to find out that many people think that donating their time means they won’t get to be out in Colorado’s beautiful environment. It turns out, however, that you can volunteer while enjoying and exploring the great outdoors. Here are some ways to find opportunities to maintain and improve local open spaces, trails, and more:

  • Check with your local parks and recreation service. Many will be glad to have some extra help with their grounds. For example, Westminster Parks and Recreation offers a variety of outdoor opportunities for individuals and groups; they’ll provide training and equipment. And the city of Aurora is happy to accept volunteers for its Parks and Forestry Stewards program. Workers help keep neighborhood parks free of graffiti and trash, and they can help maintain area walking and biking trails.
  • If you’re happier in a more cultivated environment, consider volunteering with the Denver Botanic Gardens. Long-term programs include anything from guides and ambassador opportunities to specimen processing and data collection. If you’d rather engage in a more short-term experience, volunteer for a Botanic Gardens event—spaces are available for individuals as well as groups.
  • For an even more outdoorsy experience, get in touch with one of several outdoor stewardship organizations; some offer projects that extend through the weekend and include a camping component. For example, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers offers numerous projects ranging from seed collection to wetlands restoration and wildfire risk reduction, with difficulty levels from easy through very strenuous. And Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado runs projects from March through October, with some opportunities that are perfect for families with children aged 6 to 12.

With the vast variety of outdoor-based organizations that need help, you are bound to find a project to suit your interests and desires while still experiencing the beauty and splendor that Colorado has to offer.

ARE YOU TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR CAR?

Keep Your Car Clean and Protected

By Automotive Avenues

We know keeping your car or truck up to date with maintenance check-ups, tire rotations, and all of those other “keep-it-running requirements” can be a pain. But if you follow a few simple rules and plan ahead, you may find that it really isn’t all that difficult to stay on top of your car’s overall health. 

Keep It Clean
Even more important than a clean interior, you should keep the exterior of your car washed (and even polished on occasion). Colorado roads and off-roads can be toxic to your car’s paint. Built up mud, grime, gravel, and road salt attack your car’s surface and can begin to cause corrosion and rust. So spray your car down with soap and water—you’ll be extending the life of your car and you’ll look good while doing so!

Check Your Fluids Regularly
Want to really keep your car happy? Change the oil on a regular basis! The bottom line is to not skimp here. It is also a good idea to check your oil level, cleanliness, etc. on a monthly basis, especially on older cars. By following your car’s regular maintenance schedule, other fluids (brake, transmission, etc.) will get taken care of within the proper timeframe to keep you humming along. 

Safety Checks – More than just wearing a seat belt!
Ok, car is clean and looking good—check. Car has had its oil changed and all regular maintenance schedules are up to date—check. Now, how about those tires, headlights, turn-signals, windshield wipers, and overall alignment of the front wheels? Frankly, having a clean, well-oiled vehicle won’t be worth much if your car isn’t in good, safe driving shape. 

Safety checks are another fairly simple item to keep on top of. Check your tires for uneven wear (both front and back tire wear as well as uneven wear on each individual tire). Check your wipers for cracked rubber areas that may cause those frustrating streaks on your windshield creating scary blind spots. Flip on your turn signals every now and then and walk around your car to ensure all of them are working properly. And make sure your headlights are bright enough to provide clear visibility—especially when it is raining, foggy, or otherwise “messy” outside.

Finally, make sure your car’s alignment is in check by watching whether your car pulls to one side or the other while driving. If you notice your car is riding “rough” or tugging in one direction, you may need an alignment or tire balance. 

Taking care of these things, especially with money-saving service specials like the ones available at Auto Aves, will help your car last and make it much more enjoyable to drive.

CHARITY OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

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In July, Bellco will collect donations for Children's Hospital Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of children by providing high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research, and advocacy.

We'll also be hosting two Children's Hospital Blood Drives:

Thursday, July 27, 8:30 am–1:40 pm, near our Downtown Branch (between 16th and 17th on Curtis) in Denver

Friday, July 28, 8:30 am–12:15 pm, at our Southwest Branch in Littleton


You can sign up for either blood drive by visiting Bellco's Charity of the Month page. If you are unable to attend the blood drive, you can still make a financial donation. To learn more about Children’s Hospital Colorado, visit www.childrenscolorado.org.