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How to help the people affected by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County

Posted: 10:10 PM, Dec 30, 2021
Updated: 2022-01-04 11:57:02-05
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BOULDER, Colo. – Roughly 600 homes have been lost to the Marshall Fire in Boulder County and many of the approximately 35,000 people who have been evacuated will not have a home to return to once the fire is out and the dust has settled.

They will need help and the state of Colorado has made many resources available for anyone willing to help. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help families affected by the Marshall Fire can do so by signing up at ColoradoResponds.org.

WHERE TO DONATE:

If you have shelter to offer displaced residents, please sign up to be a vetted host at Airbnb.com and you will be alerted through the Airbnb Open Homes Program if needed and encouraging household items be donated to local thrift stores,

If you’d like to make a monetary donation instead, head to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The Community Foundation of Boulder County is also accepting monetary donations for those affected by the Marshall Fire. Click here to learn more.

The YMCA of Northern Colorado is also accepting donations (blankets, pillows, dog and cat food) at their location at 2800 Dagny Way in Lafayette. Please follow their updates for what supplies are needed here.

JEWISHcolorado has opened a Colorado donation mailbox to ensure that contributions flow to those most impacted from the devastating Marshall Fire in Boulder and Jefferson counties. All proceeds will go to relief efforts, including those beyond the Jewish community.

Several police officers in Boulder County lost their homes in the Marshall Fire, and the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police's Colorado Police Officers Foundation will help their families with a special fund. Donations can be made securely at PayPal here. All donations are being processed through the Colorado Police Officers Foundation and are tax deductible.

Metro Care Ambulance Services is also collecting items to help people impacted by the wildfire. They're looking for items like toiletries, clothing, gift cards for food and supplies, durable water bottles, dry and canned pet food, phone chargers, toys for children, diapers, wipes and masks. Donations can be dropped off at Metro Care Ambulance Services, which is located at 11111 E. Mississippi Ave. in Aurora.

You can also donate through Denver7 Gives Fund. Just click here and select “Wildfire Relief Fund” in the drop-down menu or by clicking in the image below. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the families affected by the wildfire.

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Click here to go directly to the Denver7 Gives donation form then choose a campaign

The people over at GoFundMe have launched a centralized hub which has been verified by their Trust & Safety team. If you'd like to donate to families in need via GoFundMe, click here.

RESOURCES FOR THOSE IMPACTED:

First, you can make a donation through the Boulder County Community Wildfire Fund, which the Community Foundation of Boulder County activated this evening to help the more than 35,000 people who were forced to flee their homes due to the Marshall Fire.

Secondly, you can donate to the American Red Cross of Colorado, which has people ready to help with resources such as evacuation centers.

If you have a lost or missing animal in Boulder County fire due to the Marshall Fire, you are asked to reach out to the Boulder County Fire Lost & Found Pets Facebook group.

For those with farm animals, such as horses, you asked to contact this Facebook group so they can help you with horse relocation.

On Monday, Boulder County and a network of community partners will open a Disaster Assistance Center to help people who lost homes or were displaced by the fire. Multiple services will be available, including property loss and filing claims for assistance, financial and food assistance, mental health supports, transportation, and more. The center, located at the Boulder County Southeast County Hub at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette, will stay open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Specialists from Boulder County Housing and Human Services, Public Health, and Community Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mental Health Partners, other area government and nonprofit organizations, and insurers will be available.

Four stores with U-Haul Company of Northern Colorado will provide 30 days of free self-storage for people impacted by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County. Those locations are:

  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of Park Hill, 4800 Colorado Blvd., Denver - 303-800-4814
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of the Mile High City, 7540 York St., Denver - 303-286-2766
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of Longmont, 3885 Highland Dr., Longmont - 970-535-6262
  • U-Haul Storage of Loveland, 3305 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland – 970-663-2707

GET EMERGENCY STATUS UPDATES:

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management is the first place you’ll want to turn to if you or someone you know needs to get the latest updates on the Marshall Fire from Boulder County officials.

For those who prefer a phone number, you can call the Boulder County Emergency Call Center at (303) 413-7730 for the latest updates on evacuations, road closures, etc. Officials ask that you do not call 911 and that you instead use the call center number to get the latest information on the Marshall Fire.

Residents in Broomfield County can get updates related to the Marshall Fire here.

You can also get help from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management by clicking here.

If you have family or a friend at Centura Health, the hospital has set up a patient and associate line at (303) 661-1848.

EVACUATION CENTERS

  • YMCA of Northern Colorado: 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.
  • Rocky Mountain Christian Church: 9447 Niwot Rd, Niwot, CO 80503
  • N. Boulder Rec Center: 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304
  • Longmont Senior Center: 910 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont (not for overnight shelter)
  • FOR ANIMALS: 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 must evacuate, please evacuate to the COVID Recover Center at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Ct, Boulder, CO
  • Westminster Calvary is open to anyone that has been evacuated by the Marshall Fire. The church is located at 10138 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000, in Westminster, CO

For more information on the evacuation centers available for people affected by the Marshall Fire, click here.