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Colorado College helps fire evacuees

Colorado College played an important role in feeding and housing evacuees, providing expertise for media interviews, and raising funds for victims of the recent Waldo Canyon fire. 

Colorado College’s NPR-member station, KRCC, helped organize “A Community Rises” benefit concert at the World Arena, which raised more than $500,000 for the Waldo Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund. KRCC also reported on the fire on-air and on its website, http://radiocoloradocollege.org/

The CC Honnen Ice Rink staff helped raise $2,900 for the Red Cross fire relief efforts and The Press at CC created letterpress posters printed with an original design of the fire perimeter map; proceeds are being donated to local charities helping people displaced by the fire. Posters cost $10 and are available at:  http://newlightspress.blogspot.com/2012/07/more-fuel-for-fight-fire-with.html#.UASSaXCt_hM

Hani Ahmad, a counselor at CC’s Counseling Center, lost his home of 20 years in the fire. Reporters from The Climate Desk filmed his return to his destroyed home and the interview ran on KRCC, Mother Jones, and PBS websites. Additionally, CC Biology Professor Jim Ebersole was interviewed for a piece on climate change and fire in the West.

Colorado College, which was not in the fire’s danger zone, invited any evacuated employee or student, as well as their families and pets, to stay in the college’s residence halls or apartments, and approximately 80 people accepted the offer. The college also provided evacuees free meals in the dining hall and invited them to use various college facilities. The fire is now 100 percent contained and no evacuees remain on campus.