Here are some PRACTICAL ways YOU can HELP Colorado flood victims NOW. As I watched the news coverage of the floods this past weekend I wanted to drive to the affected areas and HELP anyway I could. Then I realized, what exactly could I DO? It’s too early to help rebuild. I don’t have equipment to drain water. I can send money but where and how do I know it will go directly to those that need it? Etc?
This got me thinking and I did some research. Hopefully you will find one or several ways you can help from the list below:
1. Donate a VACANT Rental Property
If you have available units, damaged units, or know someone who might call 1-877-428-8844 toll free or visit ColoradoHousingSearch.com
2. Donate Food to Food Bank Of the Rockies
They have open need requests right now. See Need Requests now
3. Restaurants: Donate Meals
Meal donations from restaurants (no home cooked meals please) may be needed for some local personnel and organizations supporting response efforts. If you are with a restaurant and want to donate meals, CLICK HERE, and then wait to be contacted (never bring food to a site unless it is requested)
4. Bring Bottled Water/Non Perishable Foods/Toiletries/Gift Gards
The Disaster Assistance Center in Loveland put out an appeal for these items.
5. Hold a Yard Sale or Arrange a Fundraising Event
Donate money raised to a voluntary organization responding to the floods. This is a great way that kids can help and they can learn the importance of helping & serving others. Click HERE for a list of responding Agencies
6. Donate Money
(This Is the One We All Know But Here Is WHERE You Should Donate $$).
Click HERE for a list of responding Agencies
7. Visit HELPCOLORADONOW.NET
Help Colorado Now is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they can better assist communities affected by a disaster.
8. Help The Parkers
Shelly is a friend of mine from college (CSU). Her parents Art and Fran Parker have lived in Weld County for over 30 years and were just one of many who were affected by the floods. “We’re basically gutting the inside of the house,” said Art Parker. The Parkers and their three horses were able to get out just fine, but the floods destroyed their entire first floor, garage, barn and their 15 acre pasture.