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Fort Collins is in this together.

Let's show that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another. At For FoCo, you can share all the ways you and your neighbors are showing up to support one another.

We’re looking for stories, photos, videos and ideas that show:

  • neighborhood generosity, camaraderie and kindness
  • support for small businesses; healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers
  • your neighborhood's 8 p.m. howl, sidewalk chalk, remote mariachi band – you name it!
  • how to stay connected with friends, neighbors and our Fort Collins community

Show us how you're rallying for each other, your neighbors and your community!


Many of us look to our neighbors for a sense of community outside our home. Neighbors let you borrow you a cup of sugar, plow your sidewalk when you’re out of town, bring over baked goods and casseroles when you’re going through a difficult time. We know folks have been leaning on neighbors for friendly interaction and support, and we believe that Fort Collins is a city of neighbors who look out for each other and whose kindness is a huge part of our community’s resilience.

From encouraging messages in sidewalk chalk to stuffed animals safaris in home windows to remote and physical distancing check-ins, we want to see and hear how you and your neighbors and staying safe, while still connecting to support one another.



Our treasured local businesses are the fabric of Fort Collins – they’re part of what makes our community unique and they’re an essential part of our culture. We encourage you to show kindness and support to local businesses to the best of your ability, because Fort Collins businesses and the spaces they build for others have a major impact on the vitality of our community.

We encourage you to show us how you’re adapting your support for our businesses so they can continue to thrive. Tell us stories or share photos or videos of your support, whether it’s by purchasing gift cards, ordering no-contact delivery from your favorite restaurants, sending messages of support or connecting with local establishments directly to ask them how you can help them on their road to recovery.



Many of us look to the arts – visual arts, poetry, music and more – to help us grow our spirit of resiliency and focus on the beauty in our world and in our community. Luckily, Fort Collins is known as an artistic community with cultural vibrancy at its core. From our first-in-the-nation Transformer Cabinet Mural Program, Pianos About Town and Art in Public Places (in its 25th year!), to our beloved Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Lincoln Center and Gardens on Spring Creek, we have a host of artistic offerings – and staff who are eager to connect with the patrons (that’s you!) they are desperately missing!

Whether you are making your own art or holding closely the art of creatives in our community, we want to know what art you are turning to during these times, as well as what Fort Collins arts institutions you miss most!



We’ve all had to adapt our routines to accommodate recent public health recommendations – wearing masks or face coverings, working from home, keeping six feet away from most people. It’s tough to make all these changes, but we also know that our community’s ability to be flexible is key to everyone’s health and safety.

We want to see how you’ve gone the distance to social distance. Have you handsewn masks for your family, neighbors or local healthcare providers? Used the City’s low-stress bike network to avoid more crowded trails? Worked out in your basement using FCRecreator’s video library? Hosted remote happy hours with your coworkers or remote jam sessions with your mariachi band? We’re in this together, and sharing your stories can help others continue to stick to best practices for physical distancing while staying connected to other community members.


Fort Collins is in this together.

Let's show that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another. At For FoCo, you can share all the ways you and your neighbors are showing up to support one another.

We’re looking for stories, photos, videos and ideas that show:

  • neighborhood generosity, camaraderie and kindness
  • support for small businesses; healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers
  • your neighborhood's 8 p.m. howl, sidewalk chalk, remote mariachi band – you name it!
  • how to stay connected with friends, neighbors and our Fort Collins community

Show us how you're rallying for each other, your neighbors and your community!


Many of us look to our neighbors for a sense of community outside our home. Neighbors let you borrow you a cup of sugar, plow your sidewalk when you’re out of town, bring over baked goods and casseroles when you’re going through a difficult time. We know folks have been leaning on neighbors for friendly interaction and support, and we believe that Fort Collins is a city of neighbors who look out for each other and whose kindness is a huge part of our community’s resilience.

From encouraging messages in sidewalk chalk to stuffed animals safaris in home windows to remote and physical distancing check-ins, we want to see and hear how you and your neighbors and staying safe, while still connecting to support one another.



Our treasured local businesses are the fabric of Fort Collins – they’re part of what makes our community unique and they’re an essential part of our culture. We encourage you to show kindness and support to local businesses to the best of your ability, because Fort Collins businesses and the spaces they build for others have a major impact on the vitality of our community.

We encourage you to show us how you’re adapting your support for our businesses so they can continue to thrive. Tell us stories or share photos or videos of your support, whether it’s by purchasing gift cards, ordering no-contact delivery from your favorite restaurants, sending messages of support or connecting with local establishments directly to ask them how you can help them on their road to recovery.



Many of us look to the arts – visual arts, poetry, music and more – to help us grow our spirit of resiliency and focus on the beauty in our world and in our community. Luckily, Fort Collins is known as an artistic community with cultural vibrancy at its core. From our first-in-the-nation Transformer Cabinet Mural Program, Pianos About Town and Art in Public Places (in its 25th year!), to our beloved Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Lincoln Center and Gardens on Spring Creek, we have a host of artistic offerings – and staff who are eager to connect with the patrons (that’s you!) they are desperately missing!

Whether you are making your own art or holding closely the art of creatives in our community, we want to know what art you are turning to during these times, as well as what Fort Collins arts institutions you miss most!



We’ve all had to adapt our routines to accommodate recent public health recommendations – wearing masks or face coverings, working from home, keeping six feet away from most people. It’s tough to make all these changes, but we also know that our community’s ability to be flexible is key to everyone’s health and safety.

We want to see how you’ve gone the distance to social distance. Have you handsewn masks for your family, neighbors or local healthcare providers? Used the City’s low-stress bike network to avoid more crowded trails? Worked out in your basement using FCRecreator’s video library? Hosted remote happy hours with your coworkers or remote jam sessions with your mariachi band? We’re in this together, and sharing your stories can help others continue to stick to best practices for physical distancing while staying connected to other community members.


  • Staff Chats: Shannon Hein, Economic Health

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    04 May 2020

    Hear from City staff about their COVID-19 work, how they're staying connected and what they hope to learn from community members like you.

    What advice would you give to community members who are looking for ways to support our local businesses?

    SH: First, I would say, thank you for supporting local businesses! Second, I would say, please be patient with them as they are learning to do new things, transitioning to online, curb-side, or new platforms, sifting through the overwhelming amount of information to be safe while applying for loans, home schooling, and all of the other new roles...

    Hear from City staff about their COVID-19 work, how they're staying connected and what they hope to learn from community members like you.

    What advice would you give to community members who are looking for ways to support our local businesses?

    SH: First, I would say, thank you for supporting local businesses! Second, I would say, please be patient with them as they are learning to do new things, transitioning to online, curb-side, or new platforms, sifting through the overwhelming amount of information to be safe while applying for loans, home schooling, and all of the other new roles we are all finding ourselves in. Third, I would say to visit ForFortCollins.com to join our local business rally. You can learn how to support businesses from spending and ordering to leaving reviews, and even creating custom social media graphics to express your devotion.

    What COVID-19 work – from your office or that you’ve worked on personally – are you most proud of?

    SH: I’m so proud to work with the Economic Health team right now. I think we’ve done a lot with a little and helped fill some gaps. I’m proud of the two business listening sessions we’ve hosted with Spanish simulcast, I’m proud to support the response side of our department to help direct resources to businesses and just listen to their challenges, I’m proud to work collaboratively with our business associations and partners and hear what they are doing for businesses every week, I’m proud to work with the team who launched the new For Fort Collins campaign to rally for local businesses, and I’m proud to work with entrepreneurs who are giving their own time and expertise to help others.

    What’s been the most challenging part of your job the last several weeks?

    SH: The weight of the raw and emotional stories from struggling business owners can be overwhelming. We don’t have all of the tools or resources they need and sometimes all you can do is listen. It’s heavy and tear-jerking. Add on physical distancing from my EHO team, home schooling our third grader, potty training our toddler, juggling the new home/work space with my husband who also now works from home and you question how you can even effectively contribute to the crisis while being a good parent. But everyone is in the same boat right now and I just try to remember I’m doing my best. We all are. That’s our EHO mantra right now.

    What do you miss most about working in the office?

    SH: I miss so much. I miss my teammates, our candy bowl, team spritzers from Butterfly Café, walking to Yampa Sandwich for my Panzanella salad, meeting entrepreneurs at Happy Lucky’s, Bean Cycle, or Little Bird, driving to work for my only chance to listen to a podcast, whiteboard brainstorming sessions, and running into people I know walking down the street. I miss community.

    Have you started any new household or neighbor traditions or activities during the last several weeks?

    SH: The owners of Crumbl Cookies live in my neighborhood and every night for the last couple of weeks the masked Crumbl bandits come out to leave boxes of cookies on the doorsteps with neighbor award certificates. Neighbors have been donating to the cause to keep the bandits working. It’s not anything my family started, but we sure love to watch the joy it brings. And dang those cookies are delicious!


    Shannon also has questions for YOU. Check out the Quick Poll for FoCo Biz!