As you are likely aware, nearly 1,000 asylum-seekers and migrants have arrived in Denver from Central and South America in recent weeks. Mayor Hancock has issued an emergency declaration and is asking the entire Front Range community to assist with sheltering, feeding, clothing and meeting other essential needs of these new arrivals, particularly as winter weather sets in. Here are several ways you can help, and more information can be found at this link (www.denvergov.org/OEM).
- If you or your organization has physical space that could be used for sheltering or temporary housing, please email [email protected]. Denver is currently utilizing two recreation centers, multiple churches and a motel to provide shelter to about 500 people per night, but the need is growing and more space is needed.
- Another critical need is for staff and volunteers to cover shifts at these shelters:
- Denver is now hiring 100 employees at $25-an-hour to work at the shelters. Please share the job postings on social media and with your networks. Here is a link to the general job posting, and here’s a separate link for bilingual applicants.
- Here is a link to the volunteer sign-up form (even though the link indicates this is for medical and public health volunteers, it really is accepting volunteers of all kinds).
- Donations of winter clothing and other items are needed. Click here for a current list of items needed. Items can be dropped off from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Iglesia Ciudad de Dios, 5255 W. Warren Ave., Denver CO 80227. The church is also seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts to help sort donations. Click here to sign up.
- Several nonprofits are also supporting this effort and are accepting direct financial contributions. Here are links to those organizations