Beginning August 23 through September 30, Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition is launching the group’s first public fundraising campaign. With a generous donation from Western Colorado Community Foundation, all donations up to $5,000 will be matched 1:1. Funds from the campaign will allow the Coalition to pursue larger grants for local wildfire fuels reduction projects and supporting Firewise communities.
To this point the Coalition has been working together as a group to leverage resources from their agencies for wildfire mitigation and outreach. “Our next step is to bring in grant monies to support mitigation across land ownership in our high-risk communities. So many of these grants require a match, or they reimburse costs, and we need this seed money to make that happen”, said Pete Firmin, Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition fundraising and grants chair and James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park Manager. Fundraising donations to this campaign are not only doubled by the match from the Community Foundation but will be multiplied again through grants to help our community. Future projects chosen by the Coalition will be in high-risk areas or will support private landowners pursuing Firewise status for their neighborhood.
“Our Community Foundation is pleased to support the necessary work the Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition. The Coalition’s work is urgent as western Colorado grapples with more frequent wildfires,” said Emily Orbanek, programs director for the Western Colorado Community Foundation.
For more information on the fundraising campaign contact the Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition at www.TwoRiversWildifreCoalition.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/TwoRiversWildfireCoalition. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online.
About Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition
Two Rivers Wildfire Coalition is a collaborative non-profit focused on protecting Mesa County communities and natural resources by bolstering wildfire preparedness mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. With over 15 federal, state, local, non-profit, and private agencies working together, the group looks forward to completing more mitigation and education projects in the area in the coming year.