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Foundation raises, spends $400K to aid wildfire victims

October 26, 2018

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.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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