When FEMA officials visited my beautiful hometown of Evergreen, Colorado after our recent floods, they said that we could expect a major disaster every four years or so. Reflecting on recent blizzards, floods and fires, this sounds accurate. And the resulting devastation can be enough to prevent local families and businesses from thriving.
This is why a core group of committed Evergreen residents created the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund, a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization designed to help businesses and families in the time of disaster. The Fund is NOT limited to Chamber members or even Evergreen residents. It includes our entire mountain community because we ARE a community devoted to helping each other in times of trouble.
Our intent is to have the nonprofit structure in place to allow fundraisers, grants and whatever else it takes to move into action when disaster strikes. We will interview applicants and disburse the funds where appropriately needed, as well as operate programs to make sure the relief is effected. We are more than a foundation; we are an organization that can do anything from putting on a relief concert, handing out sandwiches to volunteers, applying for national grant money, to … well, you name it.
I am honored to serve alongside Susan Hammond, Kelly Breuer, Angela Ryan and Lynne Lyons in ushering this good idea to its reality — but we are only the current participants. Many individuals including the Chamber staff of past and present — Philip Levy, Dean Haave and others — worked on this endeavor.
Give me a call in order to join us in protecting Evergreen proactively with a nonprofit that is by us and for us! We do so much to take care of others and now we have another great way to take care of our own!