Marshall Fire Relief
The Marshall Fire on December 30 in Boulder County, Colo. was devastating to the community and state. Emergency response and disaster management officials say updated numbers show 1,270 residential and commercial buildings either destroyed or damaged by the fire. The current estimated residential damage sits at more than $500 million. The estimated commercial damage amount is still being calculated.
The response in the credit union community has been swift and has shown what we all know about our movement, people help people, especially in a crisis. Below is a list of ways credit unions are helping, and how you can contribute to those efforts.
You can help spread the word about relief efforts by using the hashtag #creditunionsforcolorado
For Employees/Volunteers Impacted:
Mountain West Credit Union Foundation/CUAid
The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation (MWCUF) has partnered with CUAid to provide direct relief to credit union employees and volunteers who have been impacted by the fire. If you are aware of any of your employees or volunteers who have been impacted, please share this information.
CUAid is a program of the National Credit Union Foundation. Through CUAid, affected credit union employees or volunteers can apply for up to $1,500 to help with immediate living expenses such as food, shelter, transportation, etc. With the partnership of MWCUF, that dollar amount will be matched by the Foundation, increasing the amount available to up to $3,000 per affected employee or volunteer.
Potential recipients need to fill out the CUAid grant application, which can be found here. For recipients wanting to use electronic deposit, please also fill out this form. Once that process is completed, please alert Caroline Barragan firstname.lastname@example.org so that the MWCUF can process the donation match.
Blue Federal Credit Union
Blue Federal Credit Union and Blue Foundation have committed to match donations made to the Blue Foundation Fire Relief Fund, up to $100,000, increasing the potential donation to up to $200,000. The funds will directly benefit those that have been affected by the fire. If you would like to contribute to restoration efforts, you can donate to the Blue Foundation, which will assist those that have lost so much through the fires by visiting bluefoundation.blue.
Canvas Credit Union
Canvas Credit Union is encouraging donations to the Canvas Foundation, where funds will benefit the American Red Cross. Canvas will be matching all funds collected up to $200,000.
You can find the link to donate here.
Denver Community Credit Union
Denver Community has donated $5,000 to the Community Foundation Boulder County Relief Fund to support people impacted.
Elevations Credit Union and Elevations Foundation
Elevations Credit Union and Elevations Foundation have committed to match donations made to the Elevations Foundation Fire Relief Fund, up to $200,000. 100% of the fund will provide much needed relief for those individuals and families who were directly impacted by the fires. Working with local agencies, Elevations Foundation will ensure funds get to these victims in an expeditious manner.
Elevations Credit Union and Elevations Foundation have joined forces to match funds donated up to $200,000. Each entity will contribute up to $100,000 to the fund.
You can find the link to donate here.
Premier Members Credit Union
Premier Members has pledged $50,000 to the Premier Gives Boulder County Wildfire Relief Fund to benefit the Community Foundation Boulder County’s response efforts.
TruWest Credit Union
TruWest has donated $25,000 to help support the relief efforts. The donation was split between Elevations and the Elevations Foundation, and Canvas and the Canvas Foundation for $12,500 each. Both organizations will match these donations helping amplify the total to $50,000.
Westerra Credit Union
Westerra is matching funds up to $50,000 for the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. Go to www.commfound.org to donate through the Community Foundation Boulder County. Include Westerra Credit Union in the memo box to have your donation matched.
For anyone needing immediate emergency assistance due to the fires, contact the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
A detailed list of other organizations helping in response can be found here.