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As we wind down this week, we express solidarity and support to those affected by the Marshall Fire in Boulder, CO.

Roughly 600 homes have been lost to the Marshall Fire in Boulder County and many of the approximately 35,000 people who have been evacuated will not have a home to return to once the fire is out and the dust has settled.

They will need help and the state of Colorado has made many resources available for anyone willing to help. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help families affected by the Marshall Fire can do so by signing up at ColoradoResponds.org.

CHOW stands with the local community in providing relief and resources for those affected by this tragedy.

Marshall Fire Resources

SBA and SBDC Business Recovery

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced the opening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Lafayette on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the wildfires and straight‑line winds that began Dec. 30, 2021.
The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives and Small Business Development Center advisors will be available to meet individually with each business owner. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided FREE of charge.
Assistance includes:Consultation on property loss and filing claims for assistance (including disaster loans)Gift cards for replacement of food and transportation costsInformation on short and long-term housingHelp with vital recordsReferrals to emergency shelterFood assistanceMental health servicesCOVID-19 testsTransportation vouchersReferrals for personal finance planning
What Types of Disaster Loans are Available?Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.
The center’s location and hours are:
Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center1755 S. Public Rd.Lafayette, CO 800267 days/week, 9 am – 7 pm
Business owners who are unable to go into the Center may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. There is also a regular mail option. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for property damage is March 1, 2022.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is Sept. 30, 2022.

Ways to Help

  • Community Foundation Boulder County is collecting monetary donations at www.commfound.org/grants/get-grant/Boulder-County-Wildfire-Fund.
  • The Boulder Office of Emergency Management is helping those who can offer shelter to displaced residents with online sign ups to be vetted hosts through the Airbnb Open Homes Program. The program will contact people if needed.
  • Restaurants are needed to cook for first responders! There is an immediate need for 300 individually packaged, hot/warm meals to be delivered near FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield tomorrow, January 1, at 5 p.m.  World Central Kitchen will reimburse you $8 for each meal. Please contact Dana Query for more information or to help at 303-807-4687. 
  • Cured Boulder is offering free wine and snacks to those who have been displaced. Go by the Pearl Street shop (1825 Pearl Street, Boulder) for more information.
  • Choice Market is offering $20 of groceries or a free meal per person impacted to anyone with proof of residency. Check out their Instagram post for more information.
  • Meta Asian Kitchen at Avanti Food & Beverage in Denver is donating 25 percent of today’s sales to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.
  • Dry Storage in Boulder is hosting a New Year’s Day brunch tomorrow and donating 100 percent of sales to benefit fire victims. 
  • The Rotary‘s new location in Louisville was destroyed in the fire, but you can support them by ordering from the Denver location when it reopens on January 3.
  • Monetary donations and supplies are also being collected by the American Red Cross of Colorado Chapter, the Salvation Armythe Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and other community organizations.

ARF (Angel Relief Fund)

Our hearts go out to every individual and business impacted by the Middle Fork and Marshall wildfires that swept through Superior, Louisville, and Boulder County yesterday. Please let any restaurant workers who have been directly impacted by the fires know that they can apply for an Angel Relief Fund (ARF) hardship assistance grant of up to $1,000 through the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. 

These ARF hardship grants are available for any Colorado hospitality worker who:
• have a primary source of income rooted in food and beverage 
• lives in the state of Colorado and is facing an unanticipated hardship (within the past 6 months) 
• has worked at current employer 90 days + (considerations may be given from previous employer) 
• encounters an emergency that’s unexpected, unforeseen, non-recurring crisis 

You can access the ARF general hardship application here.

Local Businesses Offering FREE Meals to first responders and families

  • Ash’Kara
  • Attic Bar and Bistro
  • Bartaco Boulder
  • BlackbellyCentro
  • Mexican Kitchen
  • Chautauqua Dining Hall 
  • Dagabi Tapas
  • BarFoolish
  • Craigs
  • Japango
  • Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar
  • Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Lindsay’s Boulder Deli at Haagen Das
  • McDevitt Taco Supply
  • Mojo Taqueria
  • Mustard’s Last Stand
  • Organic Sandwich Company
  • River and Woods
  • Santo
  • T/aco
  • The Post – Lafayette and Boulder
  • Village Coffee Shop
  • The Village Nosh
  • Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
  • West End Tavern

Fresh thymes FREE meals

We are offering FREE MEALS for anyone affected by the Marshall & Middle Fork Fires. We hope that a good meal is a small gesture of care. 

To receive a free dine-in or call-in pickup meal, please just ask at the counter when you order. We plan to offer free meals to those in need as long as there is a demand.

Restaurants Revive is a group of Boulder and Denver area restaurants offering hot meals to displaced residents of the Marshall Fire, in partnership with World Central Kitchen and Conscious Alliance along with support from the Northwest Chamber Alliance and Downtown Boulder Partnership. Please check back often as this list will be updated regularly.

NOSH Boulder is organizing a network of delivery driver volunteers to help restaurants deliver food and donations to where they need to go. Everyone is welcome to sign up as a volunteer!

Cocktail for a cause: fernet about it (cart-driver)

For the month of January, 100% of the sales of the Fernet About It Cocktail sold at Cart-Driver locations will be donated to Marshall Fire Relief efforts!

Visit @cart_driver on Instagram or Cart-Driver on Facebook for more information.

Unite Us Resource Navigation

How It Works

With Unite Us, you can build and scale your coordinated care network, track outcomes together, identify service gaps and at-risk populations, and most importantly, empower members of your community to take ownership of their own health.

Once a network partner identifies a person’s social needs, they can instantly send a secure electronic referral to the most appropriate network partner(s) for that specific service. Partners involved in that person’s care will have visibility into whether or not the referral is accepted and once accepted, whether or not that person received the services and what happened as a result. Unite Us onboards and trains all partners who use the platform to ensure consistency, compliance, and accountability to the network.

Network partners may include community-based organizations (CBOs), safety net health care providers, health systems, insurers, and other groups looking to better support people to achieve healthy outcomes. Network partners can choose to participate in whatever way works best for them and can change how they participate in the network over time.

Take advantage of this excellent initiative at: https://colorado.uniteus.com/get-help/

community Highlights

Rali rx Featuring CHOW Webinar

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Colorado is an alliance of local, state and national partners who are coming together around one shared purpose: addressing the opioid crisis.

In order to help tackle these numbers, we must educate individuals and families on the realities of the opioid crisis and provide them with the resources and tools needed to prevent substance misuse.

RALI Colorado is helping to support a number of programs that span prevention, treatment and recovery from opioid addiction. Initially, we are focused on providing tools for the safe disposal of unused and expired prescription medicines and raising awareness around the warning signs of opioid misuse.

CHOW is partnering with Rali rx to talk wellness and recovery for a webinar you don’t want to miss on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11am MST.

Register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dg8XDUT4T8auKAQzOFokOA

SBDC Work Life Balance FREE webinar

Starting a business can be time-consuming. There are actual and self imposed deadlines. We often feel busy but not productive. Often we are starting a business while keeping our “day job”. How do we get it all done, but more importantly how do we get it done well? The truth is there are 24 hours in a day, no more, no less. Why is it that some people seem to get so much done in a day and others seem to wander aimlessly. It is not about time management, it is about “you” management. Most of us are some place in the middle. Join Lead SBDC Consultant, Nancy Barnett, to discover how you can create a work-life balance that works for you.

In this webinar, we will cover:

1. Components of Work/Life Balance

2. Focus on the Big Stuff

3. Setting boundaries

At the end of webinar, you will:

1. Understand the process of “you” management

2. Have a proven Priority Tool

Register at: https://frontrange-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkc-Gsrz8tGdUy3ZjxBJKDv_QGouagfnFu?utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse&utm_content=%20Name%20we’re%20here%20to%20HELP%21&utm_campaign=

​Have a great week!