Disbursements from the Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance Fund
The Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance Fund, administered by Pikes Peak United Way, is intended to address near-term and intermediate needs of El Paso and Teller County residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Disbursement of approved grant funds is to organizations (not individuals) directly assisting those residents impacted by the fire. To date, the Assistance Fund has made 14 grants totaling $624,941. Six organizations received a combined $116,816 as reimbursement for services provided during and immediately after the fire. The following eight organizations have received grants to provide ongoing intermediate term services to victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountain ($126,798) has two full-time case workers to assist fire victims with the creation of long-term recovery plans and to help connect them with the proper agencies to meet their needs.
Westside Cares ($112,000) provides income and move-in expense support.
Salvation Army ($85,000) has and is providing a wide range of services including housing and utility assistance, as well as cash cards.
Mercy’s Gate ($65,095) has and is providing housing and transportation assistance along with individual case management services.
Housing Authority of Colorado Springs ($45,000) provides rental assistance.
Redistribution Center ($35,000) provides new home goods such as tables, couches, chairs, and linens.
Ecumenical Social Ministries ($20,480) provides rental assistance, gas vouchers, and clothing vouchers.
AspenPointe ($18,752) provides counseling services to individuals and families.
The Waldo Canyon Fire Assistance Fund is still accepting grant requests. For more information, interested organizations are encouraged to contact:
Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.