The place to donate and volunteer in the course of the Colorado Springs coronavirus disaster? Colorado Springs Information
Social services, helping those in need with food, shelter, and other basic supplies, strive to keep up with growing demand as employees are laid off from businesses, schools are closed, and all facets of life slow down.
The Salvation Army Colorado Springs Corps provided grocery bags to more than 120 families for two days this week from its offices at 908 Yuma St., said spokeswoman Brett Marie Harrison.
“It’s increased significantly – it’s pretty scary,” she said.
The distribution increased from 50 families on Monday to 70 on Wednesday.
The Salvation Army offers disaster relief in all kinds of emergencies. “We’ll fight through with everyone and we’ll be there for the community,” Harrison said.
After shutting down some local nonprofits, government programs, and businesses, the Springs Rescue Mission, which has 450 beds for the homeless, moved its double day home from 160 to 350 customers on Tuesday, spokesman Travis Williams said.
This requires using other facilities on campus to make up for the overflow and marks a record for the organization.
Williams said key services such as homeless shelters and programs, feeding work, and access to day shelter with showers and laundry will remain open.
Organizations need donations, including money, food to distribute, and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army needs canned food, Harrison said.
Although some of the Care and Share Food Bank’s locations have closed, more and more customers are showing up at the open ones, said Lynne Telford, president and CEO. The organization spent $ 400,000 on its grocery shopping budget and had to wait for further donations to be reordered.
“We got up and trusted the community to help,” she said. “The community gathers like it did during the fires in Waldo Canyon and the Black Forest, and we are so grateful. But the problem is that we don’t know how long it will take or how much worse it will be.”
On site, the pandemic triggered the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s emergency funds for the El Paso and Teller districts, with which residents, companies and private foundations can donate money during a municipal or regional emergency declaration.
Funds, created in partnership with Pikes Peak United Way and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, are distributed by an advisory board made up of community members to support both short- and long-term reconstruction efforts.
Non-profit organizations can apply for support and the public can donate at https://www.ppcf.org/relief.
Colorado governor Jared Polis also announced on Wednesday a new online site that Coloradans can use to volunteer or donate to organizations and efforts to help people during the pandemic: Help Colorado Now (covrn.com). The governor also launched the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which raised nearly $ 3 million for seniors, health care, medical care, childcare, homeless shelters, grocery deliveries, lost jobs, small businesses, volunteer services, and behavioral health Initiatives.
To donate, go to https://secure.donationpay.org/milehighunitedway/colorado-covid-relief-fund.php.
Here are some utilities for the Pikes Peak area that are still open:
Colorado Springs Food Rescue: The fresh food giveaway has been brought together in one place: the Helen Hunt Nonprofit Center at 917 E. Moreno Ave. Times: 3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and Saturdays at 1 p.m. The organization collects unused food from companies and organizations and distributes it to families in need. Food and cash donations are required at www.coloradospringsfoodrescue.org/donatecovid19.
The organization is also establishing a Mutual Aid Response Team, a “short-, medium- and long-term tactic to ensure our community stays nourished,” said CEO Zac Chapman. More than 90 people have registered.
The Salvation Army Colorado Springs Corps: The pantry gives away groceries, hygiene and baby items in their offices, 908 Yuma St. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The homeless shelter RJ Montgomery, 709 S. Sierra Madre St., houses and cares for up to 220 homeless people every evening, including 100 beds for women and children. The shelter offers dinner, informal breakfast, and case handlers to help clients improve their life skills, employment, and their path to self-sufficiency.
The Colorado Kitchen, which provides hot meals for everyone in the community, is open for $ 2 hot lunch and dinner take away, available Monday through Friday at 908 Yuma St.. Lunch break: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information on the meal programs is available from the office at 636-3891.
Catholic Charities in Central Colorado: Take-away meals are available daily from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Marian House Soup Kitchen, 14 W. Bijou St. Donations for sack lunch items such as muesli bars, apples and oranges, lunchtime meat, peanut butter, chip packets and sandwich bags, shopping bags and containers are accepted at the dock Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Most of the other after-sales services, such as labor, medicine, showers, laundry, and other assistance, have been discontinued. Customers in need of a mail pickup and expecting delivery of a birth certificate, driver’s license, or check can call 719-866-6435.
Westside Cares has closed its offices and services, with the exception of the pantry distribution on Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., which continues to operate with on-site coupons and less selected items.
Schools in the region give away a free sack breakfast and lunch with a waiver by the federal government. You can find times and locations on the map at https://gazette.com/news/coronavirus-in-colorado-springs-map-where-to-get-free-lunch/article_b1479358-6781-11ea-a7e0-77955253210a.html .
Springs Rescue Mission has closed emergency services but continues to operate a 450 homeless shelter with meals and a transition program for accommodation in a complex at 5 W. Las Vegas St. The organization needs hand sanitizer, soap, cleaning wipes, scanning thermometers and toilet paper from Monday to Friday 9 am to 11:45 am at 21 Las Vegas St.
Silver Key Senior Services handles home delivery of meals through the Meals on Wheels program, while adhering to social distancing protocols. Seated eating has been suspended, but take-away meals are available through the Connections Cafe food variety. Meal information is available by calling 719-884-2300 or at: https://www.silverkey.org/services/home-delivered-meals/.
Care and Share Food Bank continues to deliver emergency food to distributors in southern Colorado. The organization’s greatest need is “that healthy volunteers help pack emergency food boxes and keep our regional food bank running,” said spokeswoman Becca Sickbert. Volunteers aged 16 and over can register at careandshare.org/volunteer.
The organization continues to accept non-perishable food donations at the 2605 Preamble Point, but Sickbert said, “We encourage the community to help us move forward faster by creating virtual food drives or donating online directly at careandshare.org/donate.
Next step horse rescue, 2222 N. Ellicott Highway in Ellicott, needs donations of chips, alfalfa cubes and pellets, grass pellets and hay bales, and other aid supplies for rescue horses.
The weekly cost of feeding the 25 horses on site is more than $ 1,000 for feed and bedding alone, said Betina Tacoronte, president. Three fundraisers had to be canceled due to coronavirus restrictions, causing budget problems.
“We are going to have problems because of the COVID-19 virus and we are going to seek the help of the community,” she said.
Roth Premium Foods, a USDA ready-made meal manufacturer in Colorado Springs, sells cooked meats such as meatloaf, pork, chicken breast, and chicken chile verde at wholesale prices until 11am, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm, and from 8 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday at Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers, 13071 Bass Pro Drive.
The items are freshly prepared every day in the company’s factory and have a fresh shelf life of 14 to 30 days. Customers can order for collection online at rothind.com/buynow.
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