*This blog will be updated with pictures/video and volunteer reflections over the month of July as we are on the scene of Colorado’s largest wildfire in recorded history. PLEASE view the most current updates for this project at: http://Netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

Black Forest Profile Pict

PROJECT DETAILS

The HHN is leading a team over a several week period to assist in fire emergencies. There will be several phases of this project and the estimated over all costs will be about $25 per volunteer in addition to $1500 a week in equipment and material expenses.

Many of those effected are now homeless and being forced to wait for a government approved hazardous waste cleanup crew to clear each site before volunteers can come in and start salvage, cleanup and rebuilding.

PHASE 1: 6/28-7/7
temporary housing building project for the Johnson family and friends

PHASE 2: TBA
Johnson family land salvage and cleanup

PHASE 3: TBA
Johnson family horse barn/ranch rebuilding

PLEASE repost this link on your social profiles and Contact us today if you want to get involved.

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LINKS

Pikes Peak Community Foundation Emergency Relief Program
http://www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief

https://www.facebook.com/SpringsMemes

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search#k=&v=false&s=&o=&l=Colorado+Springs%2C+CO&r=

An “Up to the minute” Volunteer opportunity List is available by emailing BFFVOLUNTEER@ELPASOCO.COM
NEEDS

If you are a fire victim who needs assistance click on the ASK 4 HELP tab at the top of the page.

Our group and the families we are helping will need campers, chainsaws, skid loaders, hauling trailers, food, water, generators, fuel, gift cards and camping equipment.

VOLUNTEER

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1387410.jsp
Coalition for Upper South Platte
lisa@uppersouthplatte.org or call: 719-748-0033

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org86879.jsp
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
3037151010
http://www.voc.org

CLEANUP – There will be a group of volunteers working on the clean up of Meadow Glen Lane in Black Forest Colorado tentatively scheduled for June 29-July 7

REBUILD – Groups will start rebuilding in mid July. Add our facebook page to stay posted for exact dates and times or book mark this page.

If your are interested in volunteering or contributing items on our list, please email heather.modrow@hotmail.com

SUPPORT

We are now accepting donations to fund our volunteer efforts. Click on the link to donate:
http://www.gofundme.com/39xxu4

Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fire Emergency Relief FACTS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Forest_fire

Acres Burnt: 14k+
Evacuated: 39k+
Homes Lost: 511+
Damage Cost: >453m+
Fatalities:
Human 2
Animal NA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldo_Canyon_Fire

Acres Burnt: 18k+
Evacuated: 32k+
Homes Lost: 346+
Damage Cost: 453m+
Fatalities:
Human 2
Animal NA

Great Video of 2012’s Damage (similar to the current situations)

2013 VIDEOS

NBC early days

NBC mid Fire

CNN mid fire Victim interviews

ABC Night 1 w/ Animal coverage (11min)

Private Drive AFTER fire Videos


AFTER AERIAL VIEW

BUDGET NOTES:

DAY 1

$180 travel from Nebraska
$20 food

DAY 2

Morning: We met with those we are helping and toured the burn areas and then toured location of the temp home setup. We spent morning collecting and delivering animal items with the Black Forest Saddle Club donation drive.

Afternoon: Spent replacing some double doors in the temp home.

Evening: Had some fun with the host family at a rodeo fundraiser event and then setup sleeping quarters in the garage at the temp home.

$20 travel

$25 food

DAY 3

Morning: Finished temp home door install and tile work. Fixed leaky roof.

Evening: Started horse fencing project at temp home.

Horse Fence

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