The people of Colorado need our help.
The flooding that has devastated roughly 2,000 square miles over 15 of The Centennial State's counties will take no small amount of time and effort to recover from.
Across those 15 counties are men, women, children, and even pets desperately in need of our assistance, no matter how great or small that aid may be.
While there's certainly been a significant outpouring of support towards the relief effort and progress has been made, Colorado's Flood Decision Support System recently tweeted, "We're not out of the woods yet."
It's an unfortunate truth, but disasters and their recovery efforts are prone to exploitation and scams, making it important to ensure that any contribution you make goes to a reputable agency responding to the disaster.
HelpColoradoNow.org, a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD) has compiled a list of reputable agencies and foundations responding to disasters, and offers this advice on how we can best help the relief efforts:
- Financial support to voluntary agencies responding to disasters is the most effective way to help.
- Donate only what is requested by officials and bring items to the official designated collection centers.
- To list your material donation into the database, CLICK HERE. You will be contacted if your donation is needed.
- Meal donations may be needed for personnel supporting response efforts, but they must be from a restaurant. No home-cooked food can be accepted. These items may go to waste and in fact get in the way of relief efforts.
- Do not go to the scene of a disaster unannounced. The arrival of unexpected volunteers will interfere with response efforts.
Continue reading for more ways to contribute to Colorado's flood relief efforts.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and relief supplies to the thousands of Coloradans forced from their homes or otherwise affected by the floods. Presently, there are more than 250 Red Cross disaster workers on the ground providing support.
The Red Cross is encouraging evacuees to register online at their Safe and Well website or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) in order to let friends and family know they're ok.
To make a donation, CLICK HERE to visit the Red Cross' Colorado Chapter website or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The Salvation Army
To help with The Salvation Army's efforts, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate "Colorado Floods."
You can text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.
Save the Children
Over the weekend, Save the Children opened a child-friendly space at the Lifebridge Church in Longmont, one of the largest evacuation centers in the area. Save the Children has also partnered with the Red Cross to open additional child-friendly spaces in shelters.
CLICK HERE to donate to the Save the Children's U.S. Emergencies Fund.
The Boulder Valley Humane Society is taking in animals from displaced families who are otherwise unable to provide them adequate care. Donations allow for the shelter to continue their care for them.
You can CLICK HERE to help The Boulder Valley Humane Society.
The Great Colorado Flood Relief Project
100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Great Colorado Flood Relief Project's t-shirts and stickers will go to the Longmont Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Boulder County, and the Northern Colorado Community Foundation.
To purchase a t-shirt and sticker to show your support, CLICK HERE.
The Colorado-based shoe company have already donated 100 pairs of rainboots to the Red Cross at the Boulder YMCA.
Crocs is currently donating $5 from the sale of every pair of full-priced shoes sold online and in Crocs-owned Colorado retail stores this Wednesday (Sept. 18) and Thursday (Sept. 19) to those affected by the flooding.
CLICK HERE to purchase a pair of Crocs and make a donation of $5.