How Denali is helping small businesses and local healthcare workers during this crisis

Apr 20, 2020, 17:55 PM by Denali 
Denali Cares


Our community is kept afloat by the dedication of hard-working people. Right now, many of these people--particularly small business owners and medical professionals--need all the support they can get. During these difficult times, we want to provide some peace of mind for these workers who keep our community running strong.

Denali. A division of Nuvision Credit Union has launched DenaliCares; a program that provides meals from local restaurants to heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle. This not only brings relief to the medical professionals who risk exposure in keeping us safe, but it also supports local businesses that have taken a hit due to closures.

Honoring Healthcare heroes

Every day, healthcare workers are on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 crisis--treating patients, providing support, and ensuring our community stays safe and healthy. To show them some appreciation, we’re providing meals of up to $25 for 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals at Providence Alaska Medical Center from April 20 to April 26. They’ll be able to order meals online for pickup at any of the four participating restaurants on their way to work or home.

“These people are heroes, who even during normal times work incredibly long stressful hours in jobs that are often thankless”, said Roger Ballard, CEO of Nuvision Credit Union. “The DenaliCares initiative gives our vital caregivers one less thing to think about when they come home to their families.”

We hope that this program will provide some normalcy in a time when everything seems upside-down, both for the medical personnel and for the employees and owners of businesses that have had to close up shop.

Supporting small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of our country. Unfortunately, many of our local business owners have been struggling to maintain an income as their normal activities end. This change has been especially hard on locally-owned restaurants, treasured parts of our community, who can’t operate without daily visitors.

Four restaurants will accept the DenaliCares meals: Altura Bistro, Crush Bistro, Pedro’s Mexican Grill, and Peppercini’s Deli & Catering.                                  

“Like many small businesses throughout the country, Peppercini's has been hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.  We have had to lay off about half of our team, take drastic measures to keep our customers, vendors & staff as safe as possible, and have had to adapt to this "new normal" while still attempting to keep the business up and running,” said Jason Kimmel, Owner of Peppercini's Deli & Catering.

Some of these businesses have been impacted greatly, leaving some employees out of a job. With this program, they’ll be able to provide much-needed pay to employees during the next week. 


You can help keep the cause!

Denali has fully funded the program for the staff at Providence Alaska. If you’d like to contribute to the Providence Alaska Foundation COVID-19 emergency response fund, please donate to our GoFundMe campaign. Every dollar we receive in donations will go towards critical needs the hospital has.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help out the community from home, this is the perfect one. To donate to the GoFundMe, visit


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