How to Help the Colorado Flood Victims

Funnel your financial help and contributions where they're needed most with our guide to legitimate charities

The bleak story of the catastrophic flooding in Colorado is still unfolding: possibly six dead, hundreds still unaccounted for at this time, and 1,000 awaiting evacuation, according to a recent CNN report. It's being reported widely as the biggest air rescue mission since Katrina. As the disaster continues, many folks are looking for ways they can help from all around the country. We rounded up some places that are welcoming—and counting on—your support.

United Way

Foothills United Way has established the Foothills Flood Relief Fund in response to the impact of the flooding across Boulder and Broomfield counties. The funds raised will go toward health and human services for affected people in those counties. To donate, click here.

Salvation Army

In the flooding's first 72 hours, local Salvation Army emergency disaster services personnel brought more than 10,000 meals, drinks and nutrition to first responders and evacuees. The group prefers financial donations as the best way to quickly get supplies to victims and rescue workers. You can make a donation here.

Harvest of Hope

If you are local, you can donate food items in person to help in the relief efforts. Harvest of Hope says it most of all needs hearty items like chili, beef stew, raviolis and more. Click here to find out where to take them.

Bonfils Blood Center 

Blood drives have been cancelled and donations have proved difficult given the weather conditions, but here's what you can do if you are local as they improve: Donate blood over the next several weeks to help restock the community blood supply by giving blood at one of Bonfils' community donor centers or mobile blood drives. Call to make or reschedule an appointment: 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006. Keep checking out www.bonfils.org for updates.

Red Cross

You can support the American Red Cross Mile High Region and contribute to the relief efforts in Colorado by clicking here to donate online, or to learn more about other ways to donate in the longer term.

Humane Society

The Larimer Humane Society is on hand to assist flooding victims with their animals. If you'd like to make a donation to bolster the group and its flood-time efforts, you can do so online here

Help Colorado Now

For more, go to HelpColoradoNow.org. It details the responding agencies and what they need most to help the relief effort. (Hint: It's generally financial donations, not material goods.) It's a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, and brings together government agencies and nonprofit organizations to help communities affected by disaster. 

 

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