ReCERC-ulating

Sitting home feeling helpless and hopeless? In typical Durango fashion, community members and organizations are rising up to help friends and neighbors. And you can get in on the action, too.

This week, the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado announced it is re-activating the Community Emergency Relief Fund. Donations are now being accepted, which will deploy money to local organizations responding to the needs of community members most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Donations are designated for emergency use, and impactful distribution of funds will be determined as soon as possible by a committee of local stakeholders,” Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, said.

Stakeholders include representatives from the health, government, school, business and nonprofit sectors, and funds will be prioritized to meet the most immediate needs first, including public health and economic impacts.

CERF, designated for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado, was established in 2008 in response to the Season's restaurant fire. It has also been activated for the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the Adobe Building fire in Pagosa Springs in 2016, as well as the 416 Fire in 2018.

The Community Foundation manages more than $6 million in investments for philanthropists in our community, ensuring donors can be impactful in the communities they call home.

To donate to the Community Emergency lief Fund, go to: www.coloradogives.org/cerf.

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