'TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY OFFERS
You can feel it in the air; the season of giving is upon us. And this year, Bellco will be focusing our efforts on giving back to our members and the communities we serve throughout the holiday season.
LIMITED-TIME HOLIDAY OFFERS
Bellco will be kicking off the season with special, limited-time offers on checking accounts, auto loans, credit cards, and home mortgages. These offers will be available in each Bellco branch from November 13 through November 25, 2017. For more information, visit Bellco.org/Holidays beginning November 7.
During November, we'll also be participating in 25,000 For the Troops, which lets members sign Holiday Cards that will be sent to our troops deployed overseas. The goal is to get 25,000 holiday cards to help spread cheer to our men and women in uniform for the holidays.
BLACK FRIDAY CELEBRATION
Friday, November 24
Join us for a Black Friday celebration in all Bellco branches on November 24. In addition to our limited-time holiday offers, we’ll be serving up holiday food and drinks, handing out snow globes (while supplies last) and giving away one of five $100 Visa® gift cards at each branch location, every two hours.*
BELLCO GIVES BACK: HOLIDAY EDITION
November 24 through December 30
The holiday giving doesn’t end on Black Friday! We’ll be spreading holiday cheer and giving back to our members and the community through the end of the year. Keep a lookout for our Bellco Gives Back Holiday-Edition Car and stay up to date on all the latest happenings this season at BellcoGivesBack.org.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Official rules for the $100 gift card sweepstakes will be available in each branch on November 24.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE BACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s a great time to be thinking about some charitable giving. For one, various organizations are out there doing great things, but they could use some extra help. And for another, if you donate before December 31, you might be able to write it off on your 2017 tax return (speak with a tax advisor about details on deductions). If you don’t have standard go-to charities, you might consider one of these sometimes-overlooked avenues.
1. Donate to help a homeless kid. Did you know that nearly 25,000 Colorado students were homeless during the 2014–2015 school year? That has a huge impact on their ability to learn as well as on their social and emotional development. In Denver and Colorado Springs, Urban Peak provides numerous programs and services, including shelter, education, and employment coaching. You can donate money to the cause, or you can donate gently used items to Peak Thrift, which provides clothing, household goods, and employment opportunities to youth on the streets. Or, for options closer to home, speak with your neighborhood high school—many collect grocery cards or specific school supplies needed by the homeless and underserved students who are right in their halls.
2. Donate time and muscle power. Colorado winters can bring with them massive amounts of snow and sometimes ice, and that can be debilitating to some elderly people, even causing them to be home-bound for days. Luckily, many areas offer “shovel buddy” or “Snow Buddies” programs to ease the load. Check with your town government or area rec centers to see if you can help clear some local residents’ walks and drives.
3. Donate the gift of life. Healthy Coloradans have a great opportunity to help people through living donation. If you’re able and willing, you can donate blood or bone marrow (both of which regenerate). With thousands of people in need across Colorado and the country, you could have a chance to make this holiday season brighter for a recipient and their family.
IS YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER DRIVING?
By Automotive Avenues
Oh, how quickly we forget. Early fall in Colorado is usually warm, dry, and well... down-right nice. But as we’ve already witnessed this year, snow and ice can sneak up on us at any time. We then find ourselves scrambling for snow brushes, ice scrapers, and making sure our heated seats work!
Those are important steps in preparing your car for winter, but we have a few additional tidbits that are easy and will make a big difference once the snow starts to fall.
Make a Winter “Emergency” Kit
One of the simplest and most beneficial ways to make sure you are prepared for your winter drive is to put together an emergency kit. Typical kits would include warm blankets, boots, a flashlight, extra gloves, snacks like granola bars and beef jerky, road flares, a first aid kit, an ice scraper, and even a small, foldable shovel.
You can usually fit all of this into a large, plastic bin and then just stash it in your car's trunk. You might be really glad you did!
Check your Tires
Whether your car has all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or even rear-wheel drive, the quality of your tires is very important. Check the depth of your tires and make sure there is enough tread to provide good traction in snowy conditions.
One simple way to do this is by using a quarter. Simply take the quarter with George Washington’s head facing downward, and slide it into one of your tire grooves. If you can see the top of George’s head, then your tires are worn below 1/8 of an inch and they probably need to be replaced.
Check your Antifreeze Levels
Know why your engine doesn’t freeze up when the temperatures drop below freezing? – It’s called antifreeze! Be sure to check your antifreeze levels before temperatures drops below freezing at night. Your car’s manual should show you exactly where to add antifreeze and how much to add. This one is a must!
Or, if you'd rather make things easy on yourself, just bring your car into Auto Aves and we’ll check all of your car’s winter vitals. Our winter service includes antifreeze and coolant system pressure test, 24 point safety inspection (wiper blades, tire pressure, tread depth, all fluid levels, etc.), and we can even make sure your heater is working properly. The Winter Service Special is a simple click away to get your car ready for the upcoming season.
NOVEMBER CHARITY OF THE MONTH
During November, Bellco will collect donations for Colorado Veterans Project, a local non-profit organization that hosts special events to raise awareness and funds for local veterans and veterans’ organizations. Their goal is to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community around veterans.
To make a financial donation for this worthwhile cause, please visit Bellco’s Charity of the Month page. To learn more about Colorado Veterans Project, just visit ColoradoVeteransProject.org.
Also in November, you can help support our military by signing holiday cards for our troops in all Bellco branches.