How to help those affected by the Colorado wildfires
BOULDER, Colo. — Thursday evening fires in Boulder County, Colorado, destroyed about 600 homes, meaning many of the 35,000 people forced to evacuate will have no place to return to once the dust settles.
They will need help, and the State of Colorado has made many resources available to anyone willing to help. Those wishing to volunteer to help families affected by the Marshall Fire can do so by registration on ColoradoResponds.org.
WHERE TO DONATE:
Those in the Boulder area who have shelter to offer displaced residents can sign up to be an approved host with Airbnb. the Airbnb Open Homes Program alerts volunteers if they are needed. The program also asks for household items to donate to local thrift stores.
Those in Colorado who wish to donate money can do so at Boulder Emergency Management Office. The Boulder County Community Foundation is also accepting monetary donations for those affected by the Marshall Fire. Click here to find out more.
The YMCA of Northern Colorado also accepts donations (blankets, pillows, dog and cat food) at its location at 2800 Dagny Way in Lafayette, Colorado. Follow their updates to find out what supplies are needed here.
JEWISHcolorado opened a Colorado donation mailbox to ensure contributions reach those most affected by the Marshall Fire. All proceeds will go to relief efforts, including those beyond the Jewish community.
Several Boulder County police officers lost their homes in the Marshall Fire, and the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police Foundation of Colorado Police will help their families with a special fund. Donations can be made securely via PayPal here. All donations are processed by the Colorado Police Officers Foundation and are tax deductible.
Metro Care Ambulance Services is also collecting items to help those affected by the wildfire. They are looking for toiletries, clothing, gift cards for food and supplies, sustainable water bottles, dry and canned pet food, phone chargers, children’s toys, diapers, wipes and masks. Donations can be dropped off at Metro Care Ambulance Services, located at 11111 E. Mississippi Ave. in Aurora.
Readers can also donate through Denver7 Gives Fund. Click here and select “Wildfire Relief Fund” from the drop-down menu or by clicking on the image below. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to families affected by the wildfire.
Click here to go directly to the Denver7 Gives donation form, then choose a campaign
GoFundMe launched a centralized hub that its Trust & Safety team verified. Those wishing to donate to families in need through GoFundMe can do so by click here.
RESOURCES FOR IMPACTED PEOPLE:
First, people can donate to the Boulder County Community Wildfire Fund, which the Community Foundation of Boulder County activated tonight to help the more than 35,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes.
Second, people can donate to American Red Cross of Colorado, which has people ready to help with resources like evacuation centers.
Anyone with a lost or missing pet in the Boulder County Fire due to the Marshall Fire can contact the Lost and Found Animals in Boulder County Facebook group.
Those who have farm animals, such as horses, can contact this Facebook group to help move the horses.
GET STATE OF EMERGENCY UPDATES:
the Boulder Emergency Management Office is where to turn if friends or loved ones need the latest updates on the Marshall Fire from Boulder County officials.
Those who prefer a phone number can call the Boulder County Emergency Call Center at (303) 413-7730 for the latest updates on evacuations, road closures, and more. Officials are asking those looking for updates not to call 911 and instead use the call center. number for the latest information on the Marshall Fire.
Broomfield County residents can get updates on the Marshall Fire here.
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management offers assistance on This site.
Centura Health has set up a patient and associate hotline at (303) 661-1848 for those seeking updates on the status of loved ones.
- YMCA of Northern Colorado: 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.
- Rocky Mountain Christian Church: 9447 Niwot Rd, Niwot, CO 80503
- N. Boulder Recreation Center: 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304
- Longmont Senior Center: 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont (not for an overnight shelter)
- FOR PETS: Jefferson County Fairgrounds: 15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd, Golden
- Mount Calvary Lutheran: 3485 Stanford Ct, Boulder, Colorado 80305 [For those who have tested positive for COVID-19]
- If you are COVID positive and need to evacuate, please evacuate to the COVID Recovery Center at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Ct, Boulder, CO
- Westminster Calvary is open to anyone evacuated by the Marshall Fire. The church is located at 10138 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000, Westminster, CO
Click here for more information on evacuation centers available to those affected by the Marshall Fire.
This story was originally posted by Óscar Contreras on Scripps Station KMGH in Denver.