CU community raises $150,000 to help victims of fires

Here’s how to access resources, offer support
By Staff

The University of Colorado continues to offer support and resources to members of the CU community affected by last week’s devastating Boulder County fires, the most destructive in state history.

As of Wednesday afternoon, donors to CU-based funds had given over $150,000 to support CU students, faculty and staff affected by the fires. The total consists of money raised by all four campuses and the system.

Driven by high winds and dry conditions, the Dec. 30 fires ravaged neighborhoods in Superior, Louisville and unincorporated Boulder County, destroying nearly 1,000 structures, most of which were homes. The homes lost include those of dozens of CU Boulder students, faculty and staff. More than 700 employees and more than 600 students live in areas that were evacuated during the emergency.

CU Boulder quickly launched a Fire Resources webpage for students, faculty and staff; the site is updated with new information as it’s available.

“For anyone in our community affected by this disaster, please know that CU Boulder stands with you,” wrote Chancellor Philip DiStefano.

CU President Todd Saliman said CU community members from the other campuses and system administration also live in the areas affected.

“We will keep them in our hearts, and are offering support to all CU community members who have been impacted,” Saliman wrote in a communication to the CU community. “It’s at times like these that our community is essential, and the CU community is caring, strong and resilient.”

Additional campus-specific resources and information are being provided by CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

For those looking to help provide relief to those affected by the disaster, here are some CU and community resources providing support:

CU emergency relief funds

Community resources