Emergency Relief Fund of the Pikes Peak Region: Black Forest Fire

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The Pikes Peak Community Foundation launched the Emergency Relief Fund for the Pikes Peak Region:  Black Forest Fire to benefit non-profits, first responders, and other agencies providing local disaster relief.

The fund will provide financial resources to non-profits and agencies including first responders currently assisting with the fires and evacuations, and to assist agencies that will be working with future recovery and restoration efforts.

The fund will provide financial resources to non-profits and agencies including first responders currently assisting with the fires and evacuations, and to assist agencies that will be working with future recovery and restoration efforts.

If your organization or agency is in need of these funds and meets the above criteria, click here to apply. 

For more information on donations to the fund and grants made to local organizations please

News from the fund:

Press Release: July 30, 2013

Contact: Michael Hannigan, CEO: 719.389.1251

Kate Singh, Communication & Event Manager: 719.389.1251 (x 109)

YOUTH MOBILIZE TO AID BLACK FOREST RESTORATION EFFORTS

On the afternoon of June 11, 2013, the Black Forest Fire was raging near Highway 83 and Shoup Road.  Nine days later, fire officials announced the fire at 100% containment.  But as reports of damage came in, so did the stories of devastation.

The Black Forest Fire is now known as the most destructive fire in our state’s history.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has raised approximately $300,000 for the Emergency Relief Fund.  Donations continue to pour in every day. 

A committee of talented volunteers from the community is actively working to identify avenues to achieve the maximum positive impact possible for every dollar invested back into the community.

This Thursday (August, 1st) at 1:30pm, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation will present a check to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in the amount of $46,100, to mobilize a youth corp. that will work on rehabilitating the burn scar.  The event will take place at Black Forest Regional Park, which was significantly impacted by the fire.

“As need shifts from immediate aid to recovery and restoration, so, too, does the focus of the Foundation,” says Michael Hannigan, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.  “That’s why it’s so important that our grant dollars go to groups like RMFI – which will continue their involvement with restoration efforts years after the disaster has happened.”

Black Forest Regional Park, which is owned and managed by El Paso County, is now seeing flooding, ash flows, and other impacts to infrastructure due to the burned landscape. 

“Rocky Mountain Field Institute is very grateful to receive fire restoration funding for the Black Forest Burn from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation,” says RMFI Executive Director Rebecca Jewett.  “This funding will be used to employ youth and engage community volunteers in the rehabilitation and landscape stabilization of the burn scar in Black Forest Regional Park. This work will serve to mitigate flooding and soil erosion, as well as jumpstart vegetation re-growth in the park.”

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has expressed interested in Thursday’s activities and is expected to attend the check presentation.

Timeline of Event:

When & Where: Thursday, August 1st, 2013/1:30pm/Black Forest Regional Park (main lot)

  • 2pm – Statement from Michael Hannigan, CEO, Pikes Peak Community Foundation
  • 2:15pm – Check Presentation
  • Immediately followed by statement from Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • 2:30pm Introduction to Mile High Youth Corp Representation
  • Opportunity to capture video of burn area

About Rocky Mountain Field Institute

 Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a local leader in mobilizing the community to be environmental stewards of our treasured natural landscapes. Learn more at www.rmfi.org

Donations are being accepted to the Fund immediately and can be made above.


For immediate release: June 18, 2013
Contact: Michael Hannigan, CEO: 719.389.1251
Kate Singh, Communication & Event Manager: 719.389.1251 (x 109)

Emergency Relief Fund: Black Forest Fire Donations Distribution Committee in Action

Preliminary reports indicate The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has collected about $125,000 for the Emergency Relief Fund: Black Forest Fire.  Donations continue to pour into the Fund every day.

A committee of talented community members has been put into action to help achieve the maximum positive impact possible for every dollar invested back into the community. 

In its commitment to that end, PPCF is underwriting all of the administrative costs associated with the Fund.  That means 100% of every donation will flow back into the relief and recovery effort.

The Fund will provide financial resources to non-profits and agencies including first responders currently assisting with the fires, and to assist agencies that will be working with future recovery and restoration efforts.

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