April 17, 2020 In the spirit of ‘banking for good’, individuals, groups, companies and organizations around the nation have come together to do their part. Whether it’s financial support, donations, or using their resources to help industries in need, these uplifting movements will get us through recent hardships. And ultimately, will make us all stronger in the end. Below are some FirstBank customers and partners who have selflessly put aside their own interests to help fight the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. LVTD Design LVTD is a custom furniture design company recognized for furnishing some of Denver’s most popular restaurants. In light of the economy’s sudden downturn, leading to much of the workforce and students being relegated to their homes, owner Evan Jones saw an opportunity. He made the decision to alter their operations to produce easy-to-assemble and affordable at-home desks, in the hopes of reimagining crowded home workspaces. These desks are flat packed for easy shipping, and can be assembled with only a Phillips screwdriver. Sizes come in junior and adult, and can be purchased at: https://www.lvtddesign.com/goods. ViewHouse ViewHouse, a Colorado-based chain of restaurants, is running a “200 Meals a Day” program to donate food from its four locations (Denver, Centennial, Littleton and Colorado Springs). They pledge to donate 200 meals each day to local organizations in need that are affected by COVID-19. Dozens of organizations have participated in this program, and those that wish to be considered for meal delivery can submit a request at viewhouse.com/200-meals-a-day with the organization’s name, contact information, number of boxed lunches needed (up to 50) and the desired pick-up date. Leopold Bros. Leopold Brothers, a longtime customer and business partner, is stepping up to support local Colorado hospitals, food services and more. They’ve converted their distillery to produce lab-grade hand sanitizer, which is being donated to healthcare facilities, first responders, and nonprofit centers that serve vulnerable and at-risk communities as well as retail and restaurant workers. Breckenridge Distillery The Breckenridge Distillery is responding to the high demand for hand sanitizer. The distillery is producing 1 oz. bottles of sanitizer and donating it to those in need, including fire stations, banks, grocery stores, delivery drivers, and more. They’re requesting that those who receive the free sanitizer, donate to the Bartenders’ Guild. So far, they’ve supplied thousands of bottles locally and have raised nearly $1,500 in support of service industry professionals. Make4Covid Make4Covid, launched by the Inworks program out of the CU Anschutz Medical Center, is a Colorado grassroots movement dedicated to 3-D printing personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals. The effort unites technologists, medical professionals, regulators and industry experts under a single mission to design, manufacture, test and distribute resources for healthcare workers on the frontlines. To support the Make4Covid movement, FirstBank is donating $50,000, with matching donations from El Pomar and Community First Foundation. The total $150,000 donation will help Make4Covid answer the growing need for critical PPE as the coronavirus crisis stretches on. Knotty Tie Denver-based Knotty Tie is a small batch apparel manufacturer that specializes in neckties, bow ties, scarves and pocket squares. They’ve altered their business operations to create face masks for the healthcare industry, and consumer purchase. Thanks to the generosity of the Colorado Hospital Association and Colorado Health Foundation, they’re working to produce tens of thousands of masks for rural hospitals across the state at no cost to them. If you know of any companies going out of their way to provide support during these trying times, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comment section below. Related Posts Small Businesses Win $20,000 in the First-Ever FirstBank "Elevator Pitch Business Contest" FirstBank is Helping Businesses get BIG (Again)… Small Businesses Win $20,000 in the First-Ever FirstBank "Elevator Pitch Business Contest"