Governor announces COVID-19 relief fund and emergency childcare.
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Governor Polis on Wednesday announced the Help Colorado Now effort. People in Colorado can donate money to the fund or volunteer services. www.HelpColoradoNow.org.
 
The fund has already raised close to 3-milliion dollars to help people impacted by COVI-19.
“My top priority is to ensure the health and safety of all Coloradans during this difficult time,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s times like these that truly show our state’s resiliency and the strength of our spirit. Our state is better when we come together to overcome unique challenges - it’s just how we do things in Colorado. We will continue doing everything we can to ensure we protect our state’s most vulnerable.”
 
The money raised will be used for response and recovery. This will include things like medical and cleaning supplies, food services, early childhood education, small business support, behavioral health services, and more.
 
People who can't donate money are encourged to donate time if possible. There's a particular need for former health care workers who could return to the workforce and help.
The Governor is all asking heathy donor to give blood to prevent a shortage in Colorado. Blood drives have been canceled and there has been a big drop in donations. Check.Vitalant.org for more information.
 
The crisis is now putting an unprecedentd strain on health care an emergency workers. The Governor is working with Mike Johnston and the Gary Community Foundation, early childhood providers, schools districts and the Colorado Department of Human Services to establish a system of emergency child care for our most essential workers. Health care providers and staff, public safety workers and staff supporting at-risk populations will qualify for the program. For more information, visit www.covidchildcarecolorado.com.