By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting
Over the weekend, El Pomar Foundation approved $205,400 in funding for firefighting and recovery efforts for wild fires across the state. El Pomar was able to quickly release this funding because of its already-existing Wild Land Fire Fund, which was created during the Hayman Fire of 2002. Among the grants that make up this funding are a grant to the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Region, for shelter for people displaced by the fires, to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and a number of grants to firefighting agencies across the affected regions of El Paso, Teller and Larimer counties for vehicles and other equipment.
While these donations are critical, more is needed. The toll of the High Park Fire alone is currently estimated at $29.6 million (not including property or belongings lost) and growing. Officials have estimated that the High Park Fire will not be fully contained until July 30, meaning that costs will continue to rise. And at least eight other fires are currently burning. Organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are great starting places to donate. Or, if you are looking for a quick way to add to relief efforts, you can use mGive Foundation’s text-giving service. Donate $10 by simply texting the word HIGHPARK to 80108.
Also important to note: If you are a nonprofit organization providing disaster relief for the High Park Fire, you may be eligible to receive some of the funds raised by mGive. Contact the mGive Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to become eligible for these funds.
While money is needed immediately to help fight the fires, some are looking ahead to the aftermath and the need for rebuilding after the fires are out. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is collecting donations to support long-term sustainability of natural resources in the area, including the restoration of public areas impacted by the fire. To donate, go to the online donation form and type “Public Lands Restoration Fund“ in the designation box.
For more practical suggestion on places and ways to donate, visit http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/ or http://www.coloradoan.com/viewart/20120624/NEWS01/306240044/High-Park-Fire-How-help
For more ways you can help, see our previous blog on the High Park Fire.