Support Victims and Families of the Aurora Movie Theater Shooting
The following nonprofit organizations profiled on GivingFirst.org are offering direct support to those affected, and encourage your support. You may review the statements they have provided on how they are supporting victims as well as review their profiles (simply click the organization’s name) to learn more.
Community First Foundation, a longstanding community foundation, has established the Aurora Victim Relief Fund in partnership with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. This fund will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims and their families and, as funds are available, the broad needs of those affected in the community. Community First Foundation has waived all fees for the administration of this fund.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHM), with all the mental health centers, collaborates with the stateOffice of Emergency Preparedness and Response so that our efforts are coordinated. As a part of the coordinated response, ADMHN sent eight therapists – Masters level, licensed and trained in trauma response – to staff a support center, offering in-the-moment comfort and support, information on resources and about finding on-going counseling. We offered coping strategies, helped people to understand signs of grief and loss, overcome the feeling of violation and re-establish a sense of safety.We continue to offer counseling to first responders, and to the community, both as requested by the disaster response team, and to individuals who seek help.
Donations to Aurora Mental Health Center will be used in support of crisis counseling for victims, family members and the community who have been affected by this tragedy.
In the minutes and hours following the Aurora theatre shooting, Bonfils Blood Center distributed nearly 350 units of blood to the local Colorado hospitals responding to this tragedy. Beginning as early as 7 a.m. Friday, July 20, community members began responding by visiting Bonfils’ fixed-site and mobile blood donation centers all across the state as a way to provide support to those affected and to replenish the community blood supply. By Saturday, Bonfils staff had filled its donation schedule through the end of July.
The need for blood and financial contributions is constant. Bonfils routinely needs more than 3,000 blood donations each week to meet the needs of our local community. Financial gifts are also needed to support the blood center’s everyday operations including Bonfils’ mobile blood drive programs, patient and blood donor safety, community outreach and more.
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is committed to fairness and healing for crime victims, their families and communities through leadership, education, and advocacy. By operating in an inclusive and compassionate manner, COVA creates solutions and positive change.
Community Reach Center, in response to Aurora Mental Health requests, is providing therapists at sites in Aurora.
Denver Center for Crime Victims provides culturally and linguistically responsive services to victims of crime and crime prevention education in Denver.
DCCV serves crime victims within the city and county of Denver, which includes:
- all types of crime, from property crime to those experiencing violent crime
- all age, race, language, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability, income levels
- whether the crime has been reported to the police or not
- whether the victim has U.S. resident status or not
- whether the crime was recent or from the past
- mostly crime victims who live or were victimized in the City and County of Denver
Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Jefferson Center) has made its resources available to assist all those in need of support following the shootings in Aurora. As the primary provider of behavioral health services subsequent to the Columbine tragedy, Jefferson Center is sharing its insights and resources with Aurora city officials and Aurora Mental Health Center. Specifically, Jefferson Center has provided public information handouts and guidance to Aurora Mental Health Center and has made counselors with training in trauma available to care for both community members and those providing behavioral health services to the community. In addition, Jefferson Center counselors helped staff the Hotline over the weekend. As Jefferson Center is all too keenly aware of the wide repercussions of such a tragedy, the Center is working to serve all of those in Jefferson County for whom this event may trigger remembrances of Columbine. Jefferson Center is poised to assist behavioral health providers in Aurora in meeting the mental health needs of the victims, their families, and the entire community.
Through community programs, advocacy, outreach and prevention, Mental Health America of Colorado (MHAC) provides resources to Coloradoans affected by the entire spectrum of mental health issues. We welcome contributions in response to the tragic events in Aurora as we continue to serve Coloradoans through specific mental health programs.
Mental Health of America of Colorado’s Pro Bono Counseling & Referral Program will offer mental health services to individuals, who meet income qualifications, affected by the Aurora tragedy. Volunteer mental health professionals have offered to expand their hours in order to assist referrals. For more information or for community resources please call 720.208.2220.
MHAC will continue to offer Mental Health First Aid trainings and Speakers Bureau presentations to the community to increase awareness of mental health issues and equip individuals to respond to crisis situations. If you are interested in scheduling a Mental Health First Aid Training or a Speakers Bureau presentation for your community group, organization, business, or school, please call 720.208.2239.
Metro Crisis Services is available for free, 24/7, to all those experiencing the mental and emotional effects of the traumatic Aurora theater shooting. Whether the effect is that of grief or loss, hopelessness or helplessness, shock, depression or sadness, stress, or any other unforeseen feeling. The MCS Crisis Line (1.888.885.1222) is staffed around-the-clock with licensed and experienced professionals who can offer immediate support, consultation, assistance, and problem solving for the survivors, loved ones of the victims, community members, first responders, and those indirectly affected, free of cost.
Safe2Tell continues to be a leader in coordinated communication in response to shootings (formed out of the Columbine Commission) and ongoing efforts to prevent these tragedies, particularly at schools.