You can help Pueblo win $25K for disaster aid to seniors

Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 17:36:22-04

The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment is asking for your vote to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm. The insurance giant is giving out the money through their Neighborhood Assist grant program.

The health department, sheriff’s office, Red Cross and Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA) all got together to create what they’re calling the Senior Housing Accessibility and Response Planning proposal. It helps senior citizens in the community to put together 72-hour emergency kits.

Project organizer Vanessa Brazee explained that many seniors live on a fixed income and can’t afford the more expensive items recommended for those kits such as emergency radios, water filters, and fire extinguishers.

“Some of them have family in town, some of them don’t. So, it’s harder for them to be prepared just because they’re already on a shoestring budget,” Brazee said.

The SHARP project was chosen as one of the top 200 proposals in the US. However, only the top 40 applicants will receive funding. They will be decided by a popular vote online. Click here to vote for the SHARP project. Voting began today and will run through next Friday, August 24. You can vote a maximum of 10 times per day.