Colorado flooding: How you can help; Red Cross, Salvation Army, others taking donations
Last Updated: 83 days ago
DENVER - With deadly flooding inundating communities across Colorado, many are asking -- "How can I help?"
Many cities, counties and towns are still in initial rescue mode and have not specifically asked for help.
"We appreciate all offers for help from volunteers, but at this point we would like to direct everyone to donate cash to the Red Cross and Salvation Army," officials with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said. "Please do not bring supplies to fire stations, police, etc. Volunteers should not self-deploy because of safety issues. Stay tuned for ways to help."
If you don't want to wait, here are a few ways you can help:
- Monitor the website HelpColoradoNow.org. It will list volunteer and donation opportunities.
- The Red Cross opened shelters in Commerce City, Erie, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder and other towns. They need trained volunteers to help. Learn more: http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/volunteer. The Red Cross also asks for donations. Call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate.
- The Salvation Army is bringing in help from other areas to assist with its shelters and its program for feeding first responders. You can donate money at www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.”
- Donating household goods. While in-kind donations are not currently being stored for disaster victims, those items can help the Salvation Army in its ongoing mission. To donate, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
- Foothills United Way has established the ‘Foothills Flood Relief Fund’ to be able to respond to the effects of these storms. Organizers expect to use this fund for immediate relief as well as longer-term recovery in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The Fund is accessible online at www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief
- Boulder Valley Humane Society is accepting animals needing shelter from evacuated areas of Boulder County. They need a variety of items including heavy blankets, creamy peanut butter (for dog treats), bottles, KONG Classic rubber toys, Large, heavy-duty storage bins and more. See the full list: http://www.boulderhumane.org/donate/wish-list They also need volunteers: http://www.boulderhumane.org/get-involved/volunteer and donations: http://www.boulderhumane.org/donate/give-today
- All Hands Volunteers will be launching a project here in Colorado when it is safe to do so. If you are a volunteer who would like to help, please do not self-deploy. It is dangerous for you and for those you may try to assist. To register to volunteer visit http://hands.org.
- President Obama authorized federal aid for individuals and business owners in these counties for things like temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help in the recovery. You can apply for FEMA assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov on your computer or phone, or by calling 800-621-3362. (Disaster survivors who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.)
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