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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF)  has raised over $280,000 and distributed more than  $44,000 in emergency financial assistance from the CCCF Emergency Response Fund to address the coronavirus pandemic known as COVID-19. The foundation confirms that it has already provided assistance to 61 different Chaffee county households who have experienced financial hardships because of COVID-19. Two, food-related COVID-19 projects have also been funded by CCCF.

Graphic courtesy of CCCF

According to the CCCF, individual assistance and organizational support applications increase daily; 34 applications are currently being reviewed.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing to see, and with the support of Chaffee Department of Human Services, as well as CCCF’s amazing board members, we can now approve financial aid to families within 48 hours of receiving their application” said CCCF Executive Director Joseph Teipel. “But the need in our community is great, and we need to ensure the level of support we saw initially continues.”

Some 275 donors have contributed to the emergency fund, including grants from the City of Salida, the Town of Buena Vista, Salida School District and the Board of County Commissioners.

Listed below are the major donors who have agreed to be publicly acknowledged:

  • The Town of Buena Vista…………………… $32,000
  • The City of Salida………………………………$28,000
  • Board of County Commissioners………… $25,000
  • Salida School District………………………… $20,000
  • Colorado Mountain College……………….. $20,000
  • Fertile Ground Fund………………………….. $15,000
  • Nestlé Waters…………………………………… $15,000
  • Don and Pam Dubin Charitable Fund….$10,000
  • High Country Bank……………………………. $5,000
  • Collegiate Peaks Bank………………………… $2,000
  • Legacy Bank……………………………………….$1,000
  • TBK Bank…………………………………………..$1,000
  • Mountain River Credit Union……………… $1,000

CCCF continues to invite community members who are able to do so to contribute either online or via check with ERF in the memo line.

For more information or to donate, go to www.chaffeecommunity.org/erf.