COVID-19 has created major disruptions in our community, and many of our neighbors are in need of help. Here is an updated list of resources that we think will be of value in the days and weeks ahead.
All area food banks are facing increased demand and are in need of both cash donations and volunteer help in order to maintain services.
- Food Bank for Larimer County
- Weld Food Bank
- Community Food Share (Boulder & Broomfield)
- LiftUp Routt County
- Family and Intercultural Resource Center (Summit County)
- Summit County Food Assistance Program
- Dilon Church Food Pantry (Summit County)
Area Blood Banks
Restrictions on large gatherings is forcing cancellations of community blood drives, the largest source of blood donations. The FDA has declared that donating and receiving blood is safe as long as proper precautions are taken. Donations are being accepted at these locations:
- Garth Englund Blood Center (Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley)
- Vitalant (statewide)
- Children’s Hospital Colorado
United Way of Weld County has information and a list of important resources, and has partnered with Weld Community Foundation to introduce the Weld Recovers Fund: COVID-19 Relief to provide financial resources to charitable organizations in the Weld County area that are involved in supporting populations that have been affected by the outbreak.
United Way of Larimer County has a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities and resources available, and in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado has announced the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund to assist those already struggling as a result of new public health-related policies that affect local families’ ability to maintain financial stability.
Here are links to other United Ways in your Colorado area:
- Mile High United Way (Foothills)
- Mile High United Way, Inc.
- Moffat County United Way
- Pikes Peak United Way
- Pueblo County United Way, Inc.
- Routt County United Way
- United Way Battlement to the Bells
- United Way of Eagle River Valley
- United Way of Larimer County, Inc.
- United Way of Mesa County
- United Way of Morgan County, Inc.
- United Way of Southwest Colorado
- United Way of Weld County
Pet and Farm Food Assistance
- 4 Paws Pet Food Pantry, Fort Collins
- Animal Friends Alliance, Fort Collins
- Colorado Pet Pantry
- League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS):
Comprehensive Pet Assistance Resources
- Pets Forever Program at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital (multiple resources, including food), Fort Collins
Low Cost Veterinary Care and Veterinary Care Assistance
- Max Fund Wellness Center, Denver
- The Cartwright Foundation, Denver/Northern Colorado
- LAPS, Summit County
General Assistance resources
- Housing Resources: The Arc Of Larimer County
- General Help, searchable by zip code
- Veterans Assistance Programs
- Housing Assistance: Neighbor To Neighbor, Fort Collins/Loveland
- Food assistance for seniors
- Colorado Assistance: Rent, food, medical help, and more
- Statewide Food Bank network
General Ways To Help
Support Local Businesses: Many restaurants remain open for take out and delivery, and some local stores are offering curbside service or delivery. And buying gift certificates online when possible also helps provide much needed cash during forced closures.
If you have an appointment with a service provider that must be canceled (house cleaner, hairdresser, etc) that you’ve already budgeted for, consider paying them anyway.
Support Local Arts Organizations: Cancelled performances are taking much-needed income from local performing arts non-profits. If you bought tickets to a local theater performance, symphony concert, or similar event, consider donating any refund to the organization.
Support Local Artists and Venues: Cancelled performances are also impacting venues and artists. Many shows will be rescheduled, so don’t ask for refunds. Just hold on to purchased tickets until the new date.
Many local bands are performing live-streamed shows to support themselves. Follow them on social media to stay up to date, and buying merch from their website is always a good way to help.
Create a household plan of action in case anyone in your family becomes sick. The CDC has recommendations.
Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors who might be high-risk (especially the elderly or immunocompromised) to offer to grocery shop, pick up medicine, or other essentials. Even just a phone call to check in on them can help them through lonely and scary times.
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