A week of tragedy, and how you can help

It is hard to fathom that a year fraught with insurrection, division and ongoing pandemic losses would deliver such devastation to our region in its final week.

From the senseless, tragic mass shooting that robbed our community of leaders, artists, and beloved family members, to the catastrophic fires that wreaked havoc across Boulder County, leaving thousands without their homes – crises and tragedy sadly do not take holiday breaks.

We are all joined in heartache for the families and communities touched by these events. The outpouring of compassion and generosity for those directly impacted has been inspiring, and we thank everyone who has already given to various relief efforts.

Knowing that Rose Community Foundation’s donors and stakeholders are a generous group, we want to be sure you are equipped with the latest information on how you can help:

Support those impacted by the mass shooting

  • Colorado Healing Fund
    Supporting the needs of families of victims and survivors of the shooting rampage that occurred in Lakewood and Denver on December 27.

Give to wildfire relief efforts

Funds supporting community needs:

  • Boulder County Wildfire Fund at Community Foundation Boulder County
    CFBC is working closely with government and nonprofit partners to coordinate, align resources and fill gaps to support those impacted by the Marshall Fire.
  • Impact on Education (Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools)
    The Critical Needs Fund has been activated to help students, schools and staff with immediate needs, including replacing school supplies and educational equipment.
  • Boulder Fire Relief Fund at JEWISHcolorado
    Supporting emergency financial assistance to those impacted by the Marshall Fire. Funds are being administered by Jewish Family Service.

Organizations providing mental health services:

Community hubs:

  • Sister Carmen Community Center
    Providing food, clothing, supplies and access to its thrift store, free of charge, to residents impacted by the Marshall Fire.
  • YMCA of Northern Colorado
    The Arapahoe location is currently serving as a Red Cross shelter for displaced residents and is providing free childcare and access to YMCA facilities for affected individuals and families.

Additional partners providing community response:

  • A Precious Child
    Providing clothing, coats, home goods and hygiene items to children and families through their Precious Essentials program.
  • Boulder JCC
    Providing free meeting space to those impacted by the fires or working to support the community.
  • Conscious Alliance
    Supporting emergency food response and distribution efforts to help impacted individuals and families.
  • Via Mobility Services
    Helped to evacuate individuals with mobility limitations from senior living facilities, hospitals and homes in the path of the wildfires.
  • WeeCycle
    Hosting pop-up events in Boulder County to distribute baby items, food and formula to families.

Other ways to give

If you are interested in contributing in non-financial ways, opportunities to donate items or volunteer can be found here.

For those impacted

If you have been directly impacted by the fires or the shootings, we extend our deepest condolences. Resources for shooting victims can be found here, and information for those impacted by the fire can be found here.

PHOTO: An aerial view of the damage caused by the Marshall Fire. (Source: Colorado Public Radio)

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