Foundation raises, spends $400K to aid wildfire victims
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado says it has raised and spent more than $400,000 as of Sept. 30 to help those affected by a wildfire.
The Durango Herald reports foundation executive director Briggen Wrinkle says the Community Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the foundation, was at about $30,000 when the fire broke out June 1 near Durango.
Workers furloughed by blaze applied for gift cards that paid for necessities and for job-interruption bridge funding.
Wrinkle says 201 job-interruption applicants were processed and the average aid to furloughed workers was $417.
The fund also provided $20,000 to the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition, a collaborative of many agencies that provides funds and financial counseling to individuals and families facing financial crises.
Wrinkle anticipates $500,000 will be raised for the Community Emergency Relief Fund by the end of the year.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com