The Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance repository connects those in need with those who want to help in response to the 416 Fire
Durango, Colo. — (June 14, 2018) — The 416 Fire has prompted a group of concerned citizens, businesses and community leaders to band together and establish the Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA). The mission of SWCODA is to share resources and raise awareness during the 416 Fire by matching those that want to help with those in need of assistance.
Oftentimes community organizations are able to respond quickly and provide interim relief during times of crisis. The SWCODA is a repository of resources and information that shares the many ways people can get assistance during this time, and how individuals and businesses can get involved and help.
A major function of SWCODA is to raise awareness and assist with fundraising efforts for the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado.
“Our Advisory Committee is working with government agencies and local businesses to develop a strategy for vetting the needs and distributing the funds we raise,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “Our efforts will support local people and efforts related to the 416 Fire. Phase 1 is to raise $500,000, which will help 750-1,000 people in La Plata and San Juan counties with bridge funding for immediate expense, including food, transportation and shelter.”
On Monday, June 18, the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado will begin accepting applications online for individuals who have been financially impacted by the 416 Fire. More details about how to apply and criteria will be forthcoming.
Please visit https://swcoda.org to learn more. Community members and organizations are encouraged to share ideas and resources as the website and social media pages will be regularly updated.
SWCODA is a grassroots community effort in partnership with the following:
- Alpine Bank
- City of Durango
- Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
- Durango Area Tourism Office
- Durango Business Improvement District
- Durango Chamber of Commerce
- Durango School District 9-R
- La Plata County Government
- La Plata Economic Development Alliance
- Region 9 Economic Development
- San Juan Economic Development Association
- United Way of Southwest Colorado
Please contact Theresa Blake Graven for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular updates will be posted online at https://swcoda.org and through social media at www.facebook.com/swcoda/ and www.twitter.com/SouthwestColor1.
The mission of SWCODA is to share resources and raise awareness during times of crisis or emergency situations, and help residents and businesses based in Southwest Colorado. A major function of SWCODA is to raise awareness and assist with fundraising efforts, including the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). Please visit www.swcoda.org to get involved and learn more.