Updated as of 12:00 pm, October 29
We are aware that many in our community are in need of help, and others in our community want to respond to those needs. If you are not getting the help you need, please contact the Boulder JCC at 303-998-1900, and we will try to connect you with the propoer resources.
If you need extra hands, our friends at Bonai Shalom have given the community access to a matching system that they have created. That system can be accessed here. The access code is bonai (all lower case.) YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF BONAI SHALOM TO ACCESS THIS RESOURCE. If you have questions about this website, please contact Wendy Aronson at 303-669-4917.
Chabad at CU Boulder also has students who have volunteered to come to your house and help move furniture, remove carpet, etc. To access this service, please click here.
- ASSISTANCE/2-1-1 Colorado
The purpose of 2-1-1 Colorado is to connect Colorado residents affected by the Boulder County Flood 2013 with disaster assistance and information. 2-1-1 Colorado can be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 or (866) 760-6489 (This is a free and confidential service).
- DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP AND COUNSELING REFERRALS
Flood related Shock, Disbelief, Anger, Sadness, Confusion? Our community has experienced a traumatic event and many of us are coping with overwhelming feelings. Boulder JFS is offering a drop-in group for anyone in need of emotional support during this difficult time.
Tuesday, October 8th, 4:00PM-5:30 PM, Boulder JCC Library. Please call 303.415.1025 for more information. RSVPs appreciated, walk-ins welcome. Free of charge. CHILDCARE AVAILABLE.
- FLOOD-RELATED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance made possible by JEWISHcolorado's (formerly Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado) Flood Relief Fund. To access these funds please call Boulder Jewish Family Service at 303-415-1025. Whatever your circumstance, information, volunteer assistance, and in many cases financial support is available.
NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster is on the ground helping those in need in our community. If you would like NECHAMA assistance, please fill out this form. The requests will be forwarded to Mark and eventually to other team members for follow up. NECHAMA provides direct cleanup assistance free of charge such as interior and exterior storm debris removal following large-scale natural disasters. Their assistance is available to all and they prioritize assistance for low-income individuals and families, as well as those with medical needs, young children, and elderly residents.
JEWISHcolorado (formerly Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado) has graciously donated pumps, fans, dehumidifiers, or any other equipment to families that need them for their flooded homes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to borrow any of the above items.
Individuals in Boulder County can apply for FEMA assistance here or call 800-621-3362. The FEMA toll-free number 800-621-3362, will operate from 7am-10pm MT, 7 days a week until further notice to assist residents.
- FREE LEGAL AID
Colorado Joint Disaster Legal Services Task Force in a partnership with FEMA and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, is gearing up to offer no-cost, disaster-related legal advice to those impacted in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld counties. If you’re a Colorado flood victim and would like to seek free legal help, please submit the online form or call the Helpline at 855-424-5347.
Need help making sense of FEMA Relief? Try this article: Help After a Disaster: An Applicant's Guide to the Individuals and Households Program
- MEZUZAH ASSISTANCE RELIEF CAMPAIGN (M.A.R.C.)
The M.A.R.C. has been established to provide hand-written mezuzah scholls to homes and families who have been afftected by the floods. If you have a need, know someone who does, or want to contribute to this fund, please contact Irene at the Boulder JCC. To find out more about the mitzvah of mezuzah, read the articles provided below.
- FREE STORAGE
Chabad-Lubavitch is offering free storage to those in need. Truck service will be making rounds Sept 23rd-25th (10am-1pm). To schedule a pickup for you or a friend, please call (917) 325-0432 or email email@example.com.
- DEBRIS DISPOSAL
Curbside cleanup is scheduled to begin early the week of Monday, Sept. 23, and will run for approximately three weeks. City of Boulder residents may take flood debris to the Western Disposal transfer station, located at 5880 Butte Mill Rd. This station is open daily, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees will be waived for residential flood debris disposal at this location. Click here for more information There is an article on 7News that provides details on what you can place in curbside pick-up, as well as locations and dates HERE.
- HELP FINDING VENDORS
Need help finding vendors? The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a great resource for sifting through what is out there. They have a helpful "Locate a Certified Professional" link.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Most families and organizations in Colorado did not have flood insurance. JEWISHcolorado (formerly Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado) has set up the 2013 Boulder Relief Fund. 100% of all the donations will go to directly to those affected by the floods. There will be no administrative fees taken.
Our friends at Bonai Shalom have given the community access to a matching system that they have created. You can offer to volunteer through this system, accessed here. The access code is bonai (all lower case.) YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF BONAI SHALOM TO ACCESS THIS RESOURCE. If you have questions about this website, please contact Wendy Aronson at 303-669-4917.
To volunteer your free time to help with non-skilled jobs such as moving furniture or boxes, please contact Michael Rosenzweig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-998-5626
NECHAMA is in need of volunteers to help with relief efforts throughout Boulder and the surrounding communities. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up here and click on Colorado.
STAY INFORMED & OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
- If you have specific questions about road conditions or other city buildings, please continue to check the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website.
- Flood recovery information including food safety, water quality (including wells, septic systems, and boil water orders), as well as clean up guidance (mold, debris) and debris drop-off locations can be found here .
Our friends at Boulder JFS have compiled a list of helpful articles on dealing with stress after the disaster. For a full listing, check their website. Here is a great article for adults on Responding to the Emotional Impact of the Flood.
Explaining natural disasters to children can be challenging! Boulder Valley School District sent these links to those in their school district. We are sharing them here:
Please remember that it is a mitzvah to not only give assistance, but to receive it, when needed. If you are in need of help, please don't be shy! Your community wants to support you!
The Talmud states, Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh--all of Israel is responsible for one another. At a time of crises, it is amazing to see how the community has come together to help one another. We are all honored to be a part such an amazing community.