Dear Community Members,
Many of us have been watching the news or reading the papers about the fire in Boulder County. It’s hard to believe that so much devastation has occurred in such a short period of time. Since the fire less than three weeks ago, close to 170 homes have been lost in the Boulder community–we understand that ten of them may possibly belong to Jewish families. At this time, the cost of the devastation is estimated at $10 million and counting.
The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, along with other local Jewish agencies, has been closely monitoring the situation since the beginning. While damage to the Jewish community in Boulder has been relatively small, the needs in the greater Boulder community are continuing to increase. It is important as a Jewish community that we demonstrate our solidarity and support for all those in need. To this end, Federation has established a Boulder Fire Relief Fund to benefit families who have lost their homes.
All donations will be processed without administrative fees and will be sent directly to Boulder Jewish Family Service, the Boulder Jewish Community Center, and the American Red Cross for distribution. Funds will support Jewish and non-Jewish families affected by the fire in the form of emergency financial assistance, counseling services, and additional support staff to help victims on the ground.
In addition to monetary funds, clothing, food, and other necessities are also needed. The Boulder Jewish Community Center is currently serving as a clearinghouse for these items. Please click here to review a complete list of what’s needed for the evacuees. Also, Boulder Jewish Family Service is providing initial counseling screenings, referrals, and access to the Weinberg Food Pantry in Denver. Please click here for more information about these services. We will continue to keep you apprised of the situation and of other relief efforts as information becomes available.
I can’t imagine the sadness and uncertainty of losing all of my belongings and not knowing where to rest my head at night. With your support, we as a Jewish community can offer some comfort to those families who are struggling with this extreme loss.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
G’mar chatimah tova—May you be inscribed in the book of life for a good year.
President and CEO