Boulder Valley Chambers Coordinate Response to Businesses Affected by Marshall Fire
The Louisville, Superior, Broomfield and Boulder Chambers of Commerce are developing a coordinated response to help businesses affected by Thursday’s Marshall fire in Boulder County access resources.
Officials from various local business groups – including the Northwest Chamber Alliance, Boulder Chamber, Superior Chamber of Commerce, Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, and Louisville Chamber of Commerce – met via Zoom on Friday morning to begin developing support plans, details of which are awaited. be released in about a day.
“This is a tragedy that affects all businesses in our region, and we recognize the importance of Chambers working collectively to meet the needs of our businesses, our economy and our residents,” said the CEO of Boulder Chamber, John Tayer. “We have seen the power of this collaborative work in the past, and we are ready to put that strength to work in this recovery effort. “
While details are still being worked out, Tayer said the chambers will serve as a central source of information for affected businesses, help identify the needs of those businesses, and provide assistance in navigating the bureaucratic application process. Support.
Whether in the direct line of fire or not, “we know that all businesses in our community are going to be affected” due to disruption to the workforce and general business operations, Tayer said.
In addition to the efforts of Chambers, individual businesses and commercial groups are also mobilizing to support the community.
Naturally Boulder, the local group that advocates for the natural and organic products industry, emailed its members with links to aid efforts.
These included a Conscious Alliance campaign to collect food, bottled water and other useful products (for more information contact [email protected]) and a GoFundMe campaign coordinated by Luke’s Circle.
“I know people who have lost their homes, but in the true spirit of humanity they are all thankful that they are alive and believe that things can be rebuilt, but lives can never be replaced,” wrote Bill Capsalis, executive director of Naturally Boulder. . “Anything you can do to help those displaced by this fire will be appreciated. “
Boulder-based Elevations Foundation and Elevations Credit Union have pledged $ 200,000 in matching funds for donations made here.
“Our hearts are broken for our friends and neighbors as we witness the scale of this tragedy,” said Elevations Foundation board chair Dennis Paul in a prepared statement. “Typically, Elevations members and partners are eager to provide essential support and we hope this fund will bring some relief to our friends, neighbors and the community. “
GoFundMe runs its own fundraiser and has launched a clearinghouse to help donors find verified groups that raise funds.
The Boulder County Community Foundation also activated the Boulder County Wildfire Fund to help those affected by the Marshall and Middle Fork fires. Donations can be made at commfound.org/grants/get-grant/Boulder-County-Wildfire-Fund.
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