This Season’s Giving Back

First Southwest Bank • February 18, 2019

Our communities are the bedrock of everything we do here at First Southwest Bank. As a CDFI bank we aim to spur economic development, adapt to lending needs of borrowers, support education and literacy, promote sustainable energy and access to healthy food and invest in community infrastructure. That’s why, we are proud to be supporters the following local infrastructure, programs and events, over the past few months.

Durango | Stillwater Music | $5,000

Stillwater Music, founded in 2005, exists to provide joyful educational opportunities for youth and adults. Each student is welcomed into an skill and age appropriate band led by a professional musician. These Stillwater bands play at various gigs and performances in the Four Corners to develop the skills, confidence and ability they need to play and perform. The tuition for classes at Stillwater Music covers only about 60% of the actual cost which means private donors and corporate sponsorship are vital to the organization’s success.

Durango | Creative District | $4,000

The Creative District Certification process focuses on defining specific geographic areas that can attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infuse new energy and innovation, and enhance economic and civic capital. Creative Districts are hubs of economic activity, enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as generate new economic activity.  The funds donated by FSWB will be used to fund the infrastructure needed to facilitate the stakeholder meetings, organize “Creative Connection” hours around town, write grants, and manage the Creative District’s web and social media presence. In addition to being a “Creative Kickstarter” for this community-wide effort, the FSWB team is working with the steering committee to institute a creative loan fund program.


Alamosa | Skating Rink | $2,000

Studies have shown that community ice skating rinks improve community health, provide valuable, informal, public gathering places, and improve overall quality of life. A facility of the Alamosa Family Recreation Center, the Alamosa Ice Skating rink provides an outlet for kids, students and adults to exercise, play and gather. Programs offered at the rink include Youth Hockey, classes for beginner skaters, open and public skating hours with skate rentals, drop-in adult hockey, open stick and puck, and ice skating lessons.


Pagosa Springs | 2019 19th Hole Concert Series | $1,500

Each year, the Pagosa Springs Golf Course invites its friends and members to enjoy an outdoor concert series benefiting six local nonprofit organizations. At the end of the concert series, proceeds from the cover charges are pooled and distributed equally between the chosen Archuleta County organizations. Organizations can apply on the Community Foundation’s website (linked above) through March 18th. The concerts will take place Thursdays throughout June and July and feature artists such as Bob Hemenger, The San Juan Mountain Boys, Denise Chaney, Retro Cats, Brooks-i Band, Jack Elles and Out on Work Release.


Pagosa Springs | Community Development Corporation | $1,000

Pagosa Springs, at the brink of the Weminuche Wilderness, is full of business, health, community, education, play, sustainability and entrepreneurial opportunities — ready to be shared with the rest of the world. That’s what the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation works to do. They aim to create jobs, encourage new capital investments, and create an overall business friendly community throughout Archuleta county. They focus their energy on enhancing the area’s quality of life by investing in and encouraging new businesses, and also supporting existing businesses to maximize profitability and sustainability. Their website includes resources for business training, relocation assistance, green business, access to financial capital, incentive programs, community events and more.

Pagosa Springs | Pickleball Club | $100

Pickleball is a paddle sport played with a wiffle ball on a badminton-sized court and tennis-style net. Because of its ease of play, straightforward rules and relatively inexpensive gear, the sport has been exploding all across the country.  The Pagosa Pickleball Club, founded in 2010, aims to enhance the overall health and welfare of the general public by encouraging, organizing and promoting the development and growth of Pickleball in the Pagosa Springs area and surrounding regions. 120 members strong, the club offers free intro lessons, loaner paddles, and skill development clinics. The FSWB donation will be put towards operational costs to run a campaign to build permanent outdoor courts in Pagosa Springs to facilitate even more recreation for locals and visitors alike.