Non-profit organization provides assistance for local fire victims

Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 17:50:15-04

The El Pomar Foundation is providing more than $17,000 in assisting victims of the 117 Fire and Sunstone Townhome Fire.

There were 20 townhomes destroyed in the fire that burned on March 26. The 117 Fire followed less than a month later burning nearly 43,000 acres and destroyed more than 20 homes.

The two fires prompted the decision from El Pomar Trustees to provide $17,500 to the Care and Share Food Bank, American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, and Sunstone Townhomes Fire Fund, according to a release.

“We are charged with promoting the well-being of the people of Colorado and there are few more certain times of need than following the loss of your home,” said, El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl.

El Pomar Trustees originally provided $5,000 in support of the Sunstone Townhomes Fire Fund immediately following the blaze, this was put in place by the Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO). According to a release, CONO collected funds raised through a Pikes Peak United Way telethon and direct donations from community members.

The organization says the funds raised will address the immediate needs of those affected by the fire. $2,500 has been provided to Care and Share Food Bank to help provide resources needed for firefighters and food and supplies to residents.

The American Red Cross of Southern Colorado will receive $10,000 designated for Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by disaster. 

According to a release, the El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the state, contributing through grants, community programs and more.