We haven't buried our dead yet from the mass shooting at Planned Parenthood on Friday.
But in San Bernardino, early reports are flooding in that as many as 20 people have been shot at a social services office. Our thoughts and prayers are, of course, with them. We grieve for them because we know what it's like to be faced with such violence and tragedy.
Here in Colorado Springs, we are still trying to cope with the loss of three people: 44-year-old Officer Garrett Swasey, 35-year-old Jennifer Markovsky, and 29-year-old Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart. All three leave behind young children.
Many people have helped in various ways already, but here are a couple more ways you can reach out:
1) Donate money to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's new Emergency Relief Fund for Crisis Intervention
Supporting Victims and the Colorado Springs Community through PPCF Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention
2) Sign the thank you banner for first responders
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) has initiated a new Emergency Relief Fund in response to the recent shootings at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs in which three people were killed and several more were injured. Through a thoughtful application process, PPCF’s Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention will support community-wide efforts of healing in the aftermath of this tragic event.
The Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention will provide financial resources to local nonprofits and agencies including first responders who immediately answered the call to help our community during this unexpected event, and to the agencies that will be working to meet future recovery needs.
A committee of community experts is being put into action now 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 Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention. That means 100% of every donation to this Fund will flow back into the relief and recovery effort.
Tax-deductible donations are being accepted to the Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention immediately and can be made online at ppcf.org/crisis or sent by mail to:
Pikes Peak Community Foundation
730 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(Please make checks out to Pikes Peak Community Foundation, with “ERF: Crisis Intervention” noted.)
About the Emergency Relief Fund
PPCF’s Emergency Relief Fund: Crisis Intervention is modeled after the 2013 Black Forest Fund, which received an outpouring of community support and led the charge in relief efforts after the devastating Black Forest Fire, with the flexibility to quickly respond to the community's needs. PPCF created the Emergency Relief Fund so that donations may be instantly available for any emergency such as fires, floods, and other community challenges.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation was founded in 1996. PPCF makes grants to support community improvement projects and operates high-impact programs such as Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, the Erikson Fund, the Pikes Peak Conservation Fund, Pinello Ranch, and the Gordon Jackson Foundation at Aspen Valley Ranch, to create maximum benefit for our community. The Foundation creates custom-designed charitable gift funds for individuals, families, and businesses, including donor-advised funds, donor-designated funds, endowment funds, memorial funds, and scholarship funds, providing flexible and inexpensive alternatives to setting up private or family foundations.
The COS Human Relations Commission has organized a community Thank You banner signing event for the first responders in our city. The event is to honor those who protect and serve us as we begin recovery from the tragedy of last Friday.
Colorado Springs School District 11 is donating the banner paper and markers.
The signing events are:
Thursday , December 3 , 2015, from 3-5 PM , Pikes Peak Room, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Friday , December 4 , 2015 from 9-11 AM, C 21 Library , ENT Conference Room , 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
Please bring your family, neighbors and co-workers to sign banners which will be distributed throughout the city to our first responders. The banners signed on Thursday will be used at Officer Swasey's service on Friday.
There is no better time for our city to unite, overcome adversity and thank those that continually and selflessly serve our community.