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Press Release – For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado – IntelliTec Colleges in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo are pulling their resources together to help aid in the Black Forest wildfire relief efforts. Each campus has been collecting donations for Care and Share, which will benefit both the firefighters and the victims, and they are accepting monetary donations for the Red Cross. The communities surrounding each campus have come together as well to show their support and lend a hand.
According to KRCC.org – the NPR member station for Southern Colorado – as of Wednesday, June 19th, “there are multiple fires burning across the state, including the Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County, the Bull Gulch Fire in Fremont County, the Scout Ranch Fire in Huerfano County, and the West Fork Fire Complex near Pagosa Springs. IntelliTec Colleges plans to extend its help to Care and Share, which provides relief efforts to these newest Colorado wildfires.
The Black Forest wildfire began on Tuesday, June 11th around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Shoup Road and Hwy 83. The fire was 100% contained as of Thursday, June 20th, and most residents were allowed back home. Damages include 14,280 acres burned, 509 homes considered a total loss, 28 homes partially damaged and 3,653 homes unaffected. The current cost to fight this wildfire is at $8.5 million.
Care and Share boxes are set up in the main buildings at all three IntelliTec College campuses and will likely remain there through the first of July. The majority of the items collected, such as Gatorade/sports drinks, water, and snacks, will serve to help the firefighters working to control the blaze. Items like peanut butter, canned fruits and veggies, boxed meals, soup and cereal are also being collected to help those who have been displaced by the fires. IntelliTec’s Grand Junction and Pueblo campuses have been preparing boxes for daily transport to Colorado Springs and will continue to do so as long as they are needed.[boilerplate 1-caption-insert-before] Collection boxes are still in place to send aid to wildfire victims and responders. [boilerplate 2-caption-insert-after] [boilerplate 3-image-insert-after]
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction sent a van full of supplies for the firefighters of the Black Forest fire to Colorado Springs that they filled in just one day. They sent approximately 45 cases of water, 20 cases of sports drinks, 200 granola bars, 200 cracker snacks, cases of paper plates, cups, napkins, forks and spoons. Grand Junction campus’ Enrollment Coordinator George Huisman would like to say a special thanks to those who have been helping them with their efforts: Guy Robertson Plumbing and Heating, Maloney Mechanical, KKCO 11 News, 96.1 KSTR Radio, Bartlett Automation, Mauch Photography, Central Distributing and the Grand Junction community.
The Student Ambassadors of IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs have been spear heading the relief efforts on the home front. In addition to the collection boxes located at the front desk and in the main campus Tech Café, Dean of Students Randy Flynt has been accepting monetary donations for the Red Cross. Donations can still be made between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
IntelliTec College of Pueblo has opened its doors over summer break, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to collect donated items that will be delivered to Care and Share in Colorado Springs every day of this coming week. Donations can be dropped off at the main campus, located at 3673 Parker Blvd.
IntelliTec Colleges would like to invite the rest of the community to “Please join us in our efforts to help the extended community of Southern Colorado and the people that protect and serve it.”[boilerplate about-colorado]
George Huisman – Enrolment Coordinator
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
Randy Flynt – Dean of Students
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
Andreas Nilsson – Campus Director
IntelliTec College in Pueblo
(719) 542-3181 ext. 2006