Update: Businesses pitch in for flood relief
Last Updated: 15:58 October 30, 2013
- The Colorado Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors Relief Foundation are offering financial assistance in the form of grants to victims of the recent Colorado floods. Assistance is available to qualified applicants toward one of the following options: Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by flooding; cost of temporary shelter due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the floods. Relief assistance is limited to $1,500 per applicant and one grant per residence. Applications will be accepted beginning Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. The application form and additional details are available here.
- Ball Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Broomfield-based Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL), gave a $250,000 grant to nonprofit Community Food Share in Louisville to support the food bank's long-term flood recovery efforts. The $250,000 gift is part of Ball's recent $1 million commitment to local nonprofits assisting with flood relief.
- Mountain High Appliance will donate up to a queen-size mattress to a family affected by the floods for every mattress purchase of $1,499 or more and every appliance purchase of $5,000. For mattress purchases less than $1,499, Mountain High Appliance will donate $1,000 to the Colorado Relief Fund. The donations will be made in the purchaser's name. Affected families can apply for a mattress here.
- Upslope Brewing Co. will host a fundraiser to benefit the cleanup and repair efforts at Crest View Elementary School in North Boulder from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at its tap room at Saturday, Oct. 26 between 2 and 10p.m. at its tap room at 1501 Lee Hill Drive. All sales will be handed over to the Crest View Elementary School's Flood Relief Fund. Beginning at 3 p.m., live music will be played by local artists Sky Solo, Groundscore, Moonshiner and Smack Thompson. On hand to provide food for the occasion will be the Bumper Crop food truck.
- Community Food Share will distribute $50 King Soopers gift cards and food to residents of Boulder and Bromfield counties who have been impacted by the September floods. Distribution will occur from 2 to 4 p.m. at Community Food Share, 650 S. Taylor Ave., in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville.
- Cyclists 4 Jamestown, a fundraising event that took place Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Bagi Mechanical Office Park north of Boulder, raised 100,000 for the Rebuild Jamestown Fund.
- 9News donated $150,000 from the 9Cares Colorado Shares fund to the three Feeding America food banks serving the hardest-hit counties. Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County and Weld Food Bank serving Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld counties, each received $50,000 for food procurement related to flood relief.
- ExxonMobil will donate $200,000 to support American Red Cross efforts to help Colorado communities prepare for, respond to and recover from current and future floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.
- Naturally Boulder established a Disaster Relief Fund within The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County to provide assistance to Naturally Boulder members and sponsor companies in re-establishing their businesses. The fund has raised $38,000 to date. Applicants must be a Naturally Boulder member or sponsor company in good standing as of Sept. 11.?Application deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. Click here to apply.
- Boulder B-cycle, a nonprofit bike-sharing program, added a new bicycle to its fleet in an effort to raise money for flood relief in Boulder County. The bike, named Olive, has been painted olive green to stand out from the rest of the fleet of red bicycles. For each ride taken with Olive through Oct. 31, Boulder B-cycle, in partnership with B-cycle LLC of Madison, Wisconsin, will donate $5 to the Foothills United Way Flood Relief Fund. For more information call 303-524-4412 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Donations of once-loved, gently-used handcrafted art similar to work found at Boulder Arts & Crafts will be sold in the store for 25 percent of retail through Oct. 27 at 1421 Pearl St., Boulder. All proceeds will be donated to staff and artists who suffered loss in the recent flooding. To make a purchase or donation online, click here. For more information, call 303-443-3683 or toll free 1-866-656-2667.
- Keller-Williams Realty Inc., which is based in Austin, Texas, and has offices throughout the world, donated $100,000 for flood relief to the Elevations Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Elevations Credit Union. Elevations had solicited donations, promising to match up to $100,000. Keller-Williams' donation was an additional match. In addition, Keller-Williams organized more than 300 volunteers - including many real estate agents from across the Front Range - for a day of helping with flood relief, soliciting and sorting donations and helping with cleanup in Boulder County, Broomfield and Loveland.
- Cyclists 4 Jamestown, an organization of Front Range cyclists, is teaming up with Rebuild Jamestown and the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County in an effort to raise money for Jamestown with an all-day event Oct. 19. Donations can be made at the event or online at http://c4jtown.org, and the organization already has raised $25,000. There is no minimum to donate, but with a contribution of $100 or more you or your company will be recognized on the Cyclists 4 Jamestown website. Volunteers also are needed at the event or and the organization is looking for items to be included in the silent auction.
- Smithfield and Safeway partnered to donate 40,000 pounds of protein, as well as a $3,000 Safeway gift card, to Community Food Share to support ongoing flood-aid efforts. A presentation of the goods was held Oct. 15 at Community Food Share in Louisville.
- Celestial Seasonings in Boulder donated all proceeds from its annual tent sale Oct. 11-13 to support flood relief in Colorado.
- 8z Real Estate in Boulder donated $5,000 to the Red Cross to support flood relief and rented two 16-foot trucks from Penske Truck Rentals in Boulder, at a discount provided by Penske. The trucks are transporting supplies and equipment to locations where volunteers are working, as well as assisting residents in salvaging their belongings and moving them to a safe place. More than 50 8zers came together from across the Front Range to donate their time to three different people who had contacted Boulder Flood Relief for help.
- JPMorgan Chase will donate $75,000 to support Colorado flood-relief efforts. The American Red Cross Colorado chapter will receive $50,000, and Foothills United Way will receive $25,000 to support relief work in Boulder County. JPMorgan Chase employees may have their personal donations matched by the bank up to $1,000.
- HUSA Management Inc., which owns Baker St. Pub & Grill locations in Denver, Boulder, Lakewood and Westminster, donated $5,000 to the Lyons Community Flood Relief Fund.
- Elevations Credit Union in Boulder disbursed close to $350,000 to Foothills United Way, United Way of Larimer County and Boulder County Community Services. The money was raised in a challenge grant, in which Elevations donated $100,000.
- Boulder-based Housing Helpers of Colorado LLC is partnering with local governmental and nonprofit agencies to locate temporary housing for displaced residents. Housing Helpers is offering a Flood Assistance Program where landlords willing to lease their rental properties to displaced persons or families on a month-to-month or two-month lease term can advertise their properties with Housing Helpers for free. Landlords wishing to participate in this program can contact Housing Helpers at 303-545-6000, or visit its office at 2865 Baseline Road, Boulder. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Housing Helpers also will advertise rooms in homes through this program. Residents displaced by the flood also are encouraged to contact Housing Helpers to be connected with participating properties.
- Citywide Banks Boulder donated $10,000 to the Emergency Family Assistance Association.
- Royal Bank of Canada, which has an office in Boulder, donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
- Lowe's, a chain of home-improvement stores, will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross.
- AT&T contributed $50,000 to Foothills United Way to benefit those affected by flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties during recovery efforts. AT&T representatives also were available at the Longmont Disaster Assistance Center Sept. 26-27 for Boulder County residents needing help with wireless phones. The company will credit anyone in Colorado with overage charges incurred from Sept. 12 to Sept. 30.
- Oskar Blues Brewery donated $1 from every Oskar Blues beer purchased through Oct. 13 at its locations: Homemade Liquids and Solids and CHUBurger in Longmont, and the Tasty Weasel tap rooms in Colorado and North Carolina. The company's nonprofit, CAN'd Aid is accepting monetary donation online at http://www.foundation.oskarblues.com or by mail at Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, Attn: Oskar Blues Flood Relief Fund, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO 80501.
- Kohl's Department Stores will donate $150,000 to the American Red Cross to be used for flood-relief efforts in Colorado. Kohl's is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl's will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl's associates.
- Broomfield-based Ball Corp.'s Ball Foundation will donate $1 million to benefit local nonprofits that are assisting with relief efforts, including Community Food Share, Impact on Education Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools and the Foothills United Way's Foothills Flood Relief Fund. Additionally, the foundation will match employee donations on a two-to-one basis as part of the company's annual community giving campaign.
- IBMC College donated $1,500. Students voted to give $500 each to the Larimer County Flood Long Term Recovery Fund, Fort Collins campus; the St. Vrain Flood Relief Fund, Longmont campus; and the Weld County Flood Relief Fund, Greeley campus.
- Office Evolution, a virtual office and executive suites provider, opened its doors Sept 23-27 to entrepreneurs who needed a place to work or could not get to their normal jobs due to traffic, closed highways and flooding. Office Evolution drop-in workspaces offer Wi-Fi, printing/fax capabilities and an on-site business center manager to field information requests.
- Boulder residents Elana Amsterdam and Rob Katz (chief executive of Vail Resorts Inc.) donated $350,000 to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, bringing the total raised at that point to $1 million.
- Broomfield-based engineering and construction firm MWH Global's MWH Caring Foundation contributed $50,000 to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund and $50,000 to the Long-Term Recovery Fund.
- Residence Inn, Springhill Suites and Courtyard, host hotels for the Fireball Run in Longmont, donated all receipts from a Sept. 20 Fireball Run kickoff party to flood relief.
- Seagate Technology LLC, with operations in Longmont, will donate a combined total of $75,000 to six nonprofit organizations providing flood relief along the Front Range. These organizations are: OUR Center in Longmont, Longmont Community Foundation, American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, Foothills United Way; United Way of Larimer County and United Way of Weld County.
Ford Motor Credit Co. and Lincoln Automotive Financial Services are offering customers affected by recent floods and other storm damage the option to delay some car and truck payments. The disaster relief program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments, resuming their regular payment schedules when their situations improve. The offer is available to customers who are leasing or have purchased vehicles with financing from Ford Credit, Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, Jaguar Credit, Land Rover Capital, Mazda American Credit, PRIMUS or Volvo Car Finance. Customers who are eligible for the disaster relief program will be sent postcards with contact instructions. Customers also may call toll-free 1-800-723-4016.
- Boulder Brands Inc will make a $100,000 commitment to directly aid disaster relief and recovery efforts. The company also will match employee donations up to a total match of $100,000. The company planned an employee service volunteer day, as well as a goal of 500 volunteer hours by employees toward flood relief by the end of 2013. Boulder Brands has 60 Colorado-based salaried employees.
- The Lafayette City Council will donate $10,000 from its contingency fund to Elevations Credit Union's flood relief fund. The Elevations Foundation will match the city's contribution. Elevations is working directly with local agencies to ensure all money collected will go to temporary housing for displaced individuals and families.
- The Kitchen Next Door at 1035 Pearl St. in Boulder hosted a flood benefit Sept. 19. All profits from food and beverage sales went to the Colorado Flood Relief Project.
- Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont donated a portion of the proceeds from its Longmont Oktoberfest, held Sept. 20-21 at Roosevelt Park in Longmont to Longmont Meals on Wheels, HOPE for Longmont and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation, the company's disaster-relief fund.
- A flood-relief concert was held Oct. 6, at Dickens Opera House in Longmont, featuring performances by Something Underground and Chris Daniels.
- Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications Inc. is matching employee contributions to the Red Cross. The company is still evaluating the level of matching.
- Signature Offset, a printing company in Broomfield, collected food and clothing for distribution to flood victims.
- Crocs Inc. donated 100 pairs of rain boots to the Red Cross station at the Boulder YMCA. The company held an online fundraiser during which $5 from each pair of full-priced shoes purchased on Crocs.com was donated to the Red Cross.
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's associates and foundation will combine to donate as much as $125,000 to the American Red Cross.
- Boulder-based venture capital fund Foundry Group is donating $100,000 through the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, the group founded by the company and its partners to help give back to the local community.
- The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County said an anonymous donor made a $50,000 matching grant to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund. The next $50,000 in online contributions to that fund was doubled through the match. Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief.
- Wells Fargo & Co .is contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $30,000 to the Salvation Army and $20,000 to Foothills Relief Fund.
- Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) will donate $500,000, including a $500,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross Colorado Relief Fund and a commitment to match employee donations up to $1,000 per employee.
- The Merrill Lynch /Bank of America Charitable Foundation donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross Colorado chapter.
- Broomfield-based Vail Resorts Inc.made a $100,000 contribution toward relief efforts and will donate $1 for every season pass sold in Colorado, which will more than double its overall contribution.
- Denver-based Greenbox Self Storage is offering 60 days of free storage to any household along the Front Range that has been impacted by the recent floods. The offer is available at either of the Greenbox locations in Denver: 3310 Brighton Blvd. or 1385 S. Santa Fe Drive. In addition, Greenbox is offering free use of its moving trucks in order to move household goods to either storage location. For more information, call the Brighton Boulevard location at 303-293-8888 or the Santa Fe Drive location at 303-744-8888, or visit www.GreenboxSelfStorage.com.
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