This week, thousands of our fellow Coloradans are dealing with the effects of massive wildfires burning across the state. Hundreds of homes and tens of thousands of acres in Colorado have been destroyed, and more “red flag” fire weather this week means more of our neighbors will suffer.

In times of need, Coloradans don’t ask our neighbors about their politics. Front Range liberals and West Slope conservatives see eye to eye when it comes to looking out for each other, and helping to recover from disasters that don’t respect political parties or boundaries. In 2013, when devastating floods struck Boulder County, all of Colorado came to their aid to help those communities rebuild.

That’s the Colorado Way.

Action item #1 this week: chip in to help fire victims and firefighters across Colorado. For the Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to help victims of the 416 Fire in Southwest Colorado, click here. Support the Aspen Community Foundation’s response to the Lake Christine Fire here, and support relief efforts for the Spring Fire near La Veta by giving to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and the La Veta Fire Protection District.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to make a difference for the week of July 9:

National Popular Vote – Education Event

National Popular Vote would ensure that the president is the candidate with the most votes in all 50 states. It would align the electoral votes with the popular vote. It would make sure that every vote every where would count. Come and learn more. The person with the most votes should win. Free.

Where: 1471 S Parker Rd, Denver
When: Monday, July 9 at 7:00pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Nevertheless We Persist Award

Join us as we present the last of our “Nevertheless, We Persist” awards to Cassie Tanner for her courage as one of the women at the center of Colorado’s #MeToo movement and for speaking out against sexual harassment in the legislature.

Where: 11063 W Ohio Pl, Lakewood
When: Tuesday, July 10 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado: Know Your Health, Know Your Rights: Denver

We know lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families face unique physical and mental health barriers. One Colorado is hosting an event in Denver to dig deeper into the landscape of LGBTQ health in the state, provide tools for self-advocacy in healthcare settings, and talk with community members to learn more about local issues in accessing care.

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00pm

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Reunite An Immigrant Mom With Her Child

Thousands of families were separated. There is one you can help right now. We are coming together to raise $2,500 bond amount to get a mom out of detention and back with her child, right where they belong. Join us for Happy Hour at Cerveceria Colorado on Friday, July 13th from 4pm – 9pm, for a fundraiser to help parents and children torn apart by family separation. The local brewery will donate 20% of proceeds for the evening to reunite this family.

Miles de familias fueron separadas y hay una que puedes ayudar ahorita. Estamos juntándonos para recaudar $2,500 para la fianza de una madre para poder ser liberada del centro de detención y ser reunida con sus hijos, donde pertenece. Acompáñanos para hora feliz en Cervecería Colorado el viernes 13 de Julio de 4 pm – 9pm para recaudar fondos para ayudar a familias siendo afectadas por la separación de familias. La cervecería donará el 20% de las ganancias de esa noche para las familias.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Friday, July 13 at 4:00pm

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Latino Conservation Week Kickoff Celebration

Join us to start the celebration around Latino Conservation Week! The whole family is invited to participate in fun activities, from a mini “Family Olympics” to multiple guided hikes. Constituents can also learn more about Conservation Colorado’s 2018 Legislative Scorecard to find out if their legislators voted to protect Colorado’s public lands, water, and air this legislative session.

Where: Genesee Park and Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve, Golden
When: Saturday, July 14 at 9:00am

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One Colorado: Volunteer with us at Colorado Springs Pride!

Pride season is here! One Colorado needs volunteers at our booth at Colorado Springs Pride on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, and we would love for you to join us!

Where: America The Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Fort Collins Pride!

It is Pride Season! Pull on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer. This year, staff and volunteers will be asking attendees to sign a petition to ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy in our state. It’s important that LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies come together to make sure young people are no longer subjected to this discredited practice.

Where: 5821 S Lemay Ave, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, July 14 at 9:30am

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March with PP at Colorado Springs Pride

Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado at Colorado Springs Pridefest! Rock your pink & show your support for the LGBTQ community and reproductive rights.

Where: America The Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, July 15 at 11:00am

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One Colorado Dunk Tank Fundraiser

Come help raise money by participating in our annual Dunk Tank event with One Colorado. Get these volunteers all wet by tossing your balls at our target.

Where: X BAR, 629 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, July 15 at 2:00pm

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Your Mom’s Green House: A Concert Benefit for Conservation

Boogie Groove Entertainment & Konscious Movement Presents Your Mom’s Green House: A Concert Benefit for the Environment at Your Mom’s House. 20% of Proceeds donated to Conservation Colorado!

Where: Your Mom’s House, 608 E. 13th Ave., Denver
When: Sunday, July 15 at 3:00pm

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Slow Food USA: Zero Waste Family Meal

Big events like Slow Food Nations often generate a lot of food waste. What happens to leftover food from parties, scraps from workshops, and unused demos? On Sunday night, we’re inviting you to join an inspired feast of recovered food from Slow Food Nations. As chefs band together for this pre-service style meal, you’ll get to taste the possibilities of cooking with food that may have otherwise been wasted. You’ll be inspired by how delicious leftovers can be!

Where: Larimer Square, Denver
When: Sunday, July 15 at 5:00pm

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Zero Tolerance For Family Separation

Calling upon the Environmental movement to join us on this walk to bring love and support to our sister in Sanctuary: Araceli Velazquez, who has been living in a church in Sanctuary for 11 months now to avoid deportation and family separation. Migration a natural activity which serves to preserve life, sometimes due to the fact to the damages that have been done to our environments. It is time Earth keepers and Immigrant Justice seekers join forces to protect our Earth and Humanity.

Este es un llamado para el Movimiento de Ciencias y Medioambiental para unirse a caminar con nosotros para traerle amor y apoyo a nuestra hermana Araceli Velazquez, una madre que lleva ya 11 meses viviendo en una iglesia en Santuario para evitar ser deportada y separada de su familia. Migrar, una actividad natural que salva vidas, está directamente relacionada con los efectos de los daños que se han hecho a nuestra medio ambiente. Es tiempo ya de que los protectores de la tierra se unan a los esfuerzos de la justicia para inmigrantes para que juntos protejamos la tierra y la humanidad.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Sunday, July 15 at 5:00pm

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again!