Colorado Springs area businesses, residents and nonprofit organizations are doing what they can to help with Waldo Canyon fire relief. Here are some of their stories.
- Terra Verde, 208 N.Tejon, put out the word to its customers via email June 27 that it would match donations up to $5,000 for the Waldo Canyon wildfire relief efforts. Within three days, the downtown shop had collected $5,000 in donations from its customers and then put up its match of $5,000. The money is going to the Red Cross, Care and Share and the Pikes Peak Humane Society.
- The Women’s Resource Agency is offering professional clothing to evacuees of the Waldo Canyon Fire to assist with individuals returning to work. Women can contact the Dress for Success Colorado Springs program located in the Citadel to make an appointment to receive a week’s worth of professional clothing. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be granted the same day, if possible. The main phone number is 471-3170.
- The U.S. Bancorp Foundation is contributing $75,000 to local relief efforts of the American Red Cross. U.S. Bank also has a hardship program for customers affected by the Colorado wildfires. U.S. Bank customers should contact their local branch for additional details. The U.S. Bancorp Foundation matches employee contributions made to eligible charities located in the United States, and is reminding its employees that it will match their contributions to Colorado wildfire relief efforts, doubling the impact of their donations.
- GivingFirst.org,Community First Foundation’s online giving resource, allows people to donate directly to the nonprofit agency of their choice or allows those giving to donate to multiple organizations at once. Nonprofits on GivingFirst.org that are supporting wildfire victims include American Red Cross – Mile High Region, Care and Share Food Bank, and Larimer Humane Society. In addition, Community First Foundation will cover processing fees for all donations designated for this effort through the end of July, ensuring that 100 percent of these donations will help those who need it the most.
- FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for locally owned banking organization in Colorado, is donating $50,000 to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012. The fund was created by Gov. John Hickenlooper to support relief efforts as wildfires sweep through Colorado. All donations to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 will be distributed to organizations that will help make the greatest progress in stopping the fire and supporting Coloradans who are directly impacted by the disaster.
- Boulder-based Card Gnome created a Waldo Canyon Fire greeting card that people can personalize and send to the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Cards are $4.99. All proceeds are going to the fire department.
- University of Colorado Hospital gave $50,000 to the American Red Cross for local fire victims.
- Megan Hardre Photography is offering to take free family portraits for those families who lost their homes, and likely their family photos, in the fire. It will include a CD of the images from the photo shoot, 45 minutes of time at an outdoor location, and also the print release for you to make prints of the photos. When those families are ready, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Monument will give a free single dish of custard with any topping or a frozen custard cookie now to July 7 when customers bring in a case of water or protein drinks to donate to wildfire relief. By Monday, the shop had received eight large boxes of donated drinks.
- Wells Fargo & Company is contributing $100,000 to support the relief efforts of American Red Cross. And, Wells Fargo customers can donate to the American Red Cross at 265 Wells Fargo ATMs across Colorado. Customers will not be charged a fee for using this service and 100 percent of the donations will be sent to the Red Cross.
- Local Breads of the World, franchisee of Panera Bread in Colorado, is making a $20,000 donation to the Care and Share Food Bank in assistance for those affected by the Colorado wildfires.
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