After the tragic shooting at an Aurora movie theater during the premier of The Dark Knight Rises, leaving 12 confirmed dead and 58 injured, the nonprofit community has stepped up to provide care to all affected. While some services are intended for survivors and their families, some are open to the entire Colorado community left devastated by the events. Below are just a few of the nonprofits offering services to those affected, and accepting donations for such work.
Giving First has dedicated a page on its website to helping victims of the shooting. Donors can learn more about the organizations providing services and donate to them online.
Bonfils Blood Center
Bonfils Blood Center is collecting both monetary and blood donations to care for shooting victims. Their website allows donors to find the nearest donation center within seconds.
HeartLight Center and partners
Free group grief sessions will be held at the HeartLight Center Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The sessions are open to the public and are sponsored by The Heartlight Center, The Denver Hospice Grief Center, Colorado Hospice/Saturday Partners, Porter Hospice and Exempla Collier Hospice, who have come together to contribute to this extended effort. For information, call HeartLight Center at 720-748-9908 or visit www.heartlightcenter.org.
Aurora Mental Health Center
The Aurora Mental Health Center is accepting donations for its crisis care program. If you are seeking crisis counseling and would like to find out more about available services, call 303.617.2300.
Red Cross is accepting donations and volunteers to continue ongoing disaster relief services including grief counseling. Click here to donate online or visit www.coloradoredcross.org/volunteer to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance (COVA) in partnership with the Aurora Police Department
At the request of the Aurora Police Department, COVA is processing donations for victims assistance. According to COVA’s website: At the request of Aurora PD, donations for the victims of the theater shooting can be mailed to COVA at 90 Galapago Street, Denver CO, 80223. For tracking, we prefer checks with “Aurora shooting” in the memo line. Once the dust has settled, we will work with Aurora PD and other members of the Aurora community on how to distribute those funds. Thank you all for the outpouring of support.”
The Conflict Center
The Conflict Center is dedicated to ongoing peace efforts and has expressed interest in hearing from the community to find creative solutions to violence. Their website also offers helpful resources to those impacted by the shooting.
If you have resources to add, please share them in the comments section. JVA would like to thank all of the organizations committed to helping victims of violence, and we continue to keep the Aurora shooting victims in our thoughts.