Coffee Talk Tuesday - Helping those in need

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Much for the 303 area Front Range needs our help. I'm sure many if not all of our readers have poured over some of the terrible photos of the devastated areas in and near the foothills and many of those beautiful roads are not only damaged but gone as it like it was before the settlers arrived! We as cyclists probably can't get out our shovels and rebuild any roads but we can reach out to help those and maybe in the end this just might be the start to bridging the gap and tensions felt by many mountain residents towards cyclists. We love those roads and area so what can we do to help out and bridge the gap?

I've received 4 emails from people saying that we cyclists should come together to help out but what can we do?

We could organically start our own effort or piggy back off of existing ones.

Below we will keep a running list of cycling related relief efforts. Some may have lose attachments to cycling. IF YOU KNOW OF ONE TO ADD PLEASE ADD IT TO THE COMMENTS AND WE WILL ADD IT TO THE LIST

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Ready to help -just need to know who'd like our help!

Re Cyclist-Lawyer link above: We've raised some money and have people who want to help - we can't do the major construction-type stuff but we can help pull carpets, bag trash, clean up houses, etc--and we are looking for people we can help. We will also be delivering box fans to help dry out homes so we need names and addresses of people who need one. I drove around Boulder yesterday handing out stuff and many folks are hesitant to accept help from strangers -so we are asking cyclists to please direct us towards your friends and neighbors who need assistance.

specific request for help

OK FRIENDS AND FAMILY I HAVE A SPECIFIC CALL TO ACTION - I HAVE DECIDED TO ADOPT THIS FAMILY AND TO DO ALL WE CAN FOR THEM.
Renee and Brian live at 910 Ithaca Drive in South Boulder. They have 2 young children ages 2 and 4. They both work for schools: she is an assistant Principal for DPS, he is a head of school for online services at BVSD. They are the first in both of their families to go to college. They both just started their jobs in July. They moved to Boulder from Brooklyn 1.5 years ago, got jobs here and decided to take out their retirement and life savings to buy their first-ever home-- this house. They just moved into the home in late AUGUST (i.e. weeks ago) and began fixing it up.

As a result of the flooding in Boulder, the sewage lines backed up and for whatever reason, came up into their home through the toilet, sinks -every opening connected to plumbing. It's been backing up and coming into their home since last week. Their insurance company has denied their claim, on the grounds that they did not add a "water backup" rider to their policy. (Keep in mind that no water entered the home from outside -so it did not "flood" -but rather it's come into the home from their plumbing).

After days of begging and pleading for help, they have arranged for Serv Pro to begin remediation. The cost for this service will be $9200 and it will take today - Friday to complete. They will rip out floors and walls. This cost does not include the sewage cleanup of their yard.

Also they have determined that all of their heating and cooling ductwork and radon system are destroyed and need to be replaced. They will also need to rebuild the interior of their home with new walls, flooring, structure etc.

I cannot think of a more compelling story, and a family more deserving of our help, Colorado Cycling Community. I have been communicating with Renee and told her we would do all we could to help her pay for the Serv Pro service as well as to help try to line up contractors and folks to do home repair for them for free.

We will continue to provide fans to homes that request them, but the bulk of the funds we raise on this site will be used to help this very deserving family. Please BID on these items and/or make your donation and I will personally deliver the check to ServPro when they finish up on Friday. Anything we can't help cover, this family will be paying on their credit card, since most of their savings went into the home purchase. WE CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE FOR THIS FAMILY.
http://www.thecyclist-lawyer.com/floodfundraiser

specific request for help

OK FRIENDS AND FAMILY I HAVE A SPECIFIC CALL TO ACTION - I HAVE DECIDED TO ADOPT THIS FAMILY AND TO DO ALL WE CAN FOR THEM.
Renee and Brian live at 910 Ithaca Drive in South Boulder. They have 2 young children ages 2 and 4. They both work for schools: she is an assistant Principal for DPS, he is a head of school for online services at BVSD. They are the first in both of their families to go to college. They both just started their jobs in July. They moved to Boulder from Brooklyn 1.5 years ago, got jobs here and decided to take out their retirement and life savings to buy their first-ever home-- this house. They just moved into the home in late AUGUST (i.e. weeks ago) and began fixing it up.

As a result of the flooding in Boulder, the sewage lines backed up and for whatever reason, came up into their home through the toilet, sinks -every opening connected to plumbing. It's been backing up and coming into their home since last week. Their insurance company has denied their claim, on the grounds that they did not add a "water backup" rider to their policy. (Keep in mind that no water entered the home from outside -so it did not "flood" -but rather it's come into the home from their plumbing).

After days of begging and pleading for help, they have arranged for Serv Pro to begin remediation. The cost for this service will be $9200 and it will take today - Friday to complete. They will rip out floors and walls. This cost does not include the sewage cleanup of their yard.

Also they have determined that all of their heating and cooling ductwork and radon system are destroyed and need to be replaced. They will also need to rebuild the interior of their home with new walls, flooring, structure etc.

I cannot think of a more compelling story, and a family more deserving of our help, Colorado Cycling Community. I have been communicating with Renee and told her we would do all we could to help her pay for the Serv Pro service as well as to help try to line up contractors and folks to do home repair for them for free.

We will continue to provide fans to homes that request them, but the bulk of the funds we raise on this site will be used to help this very deserving family. Please BID on these items and/or make your donation and I will personally deliver the check to ServPro when they finish up on Friday. Anything we can't help cover, this family will be paying on their credit card, since most of their savings went into the home purchase. WE CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE FOR THIS FAMILY.
http://www.thecyclist-lawyer.com/floodfundraiser

One Way - STAY OFF CLOSED ROADS AND TRAILS!

Boulder Canyon Drive is closed to ALL vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic. CDOT has deemed the roadway and surrounding terrain extremely unstable and unsafe for non-authorized travel. Avoid the area to allow for emergency and personnel and recovery operations to quickly access the area. Your assistance with this is extremely appreciated.

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I would like to help in some way. I don't have a lot of money so I hope I can find a way that's more hands on.

Definitely will have the free time because from a riding perspective, we basically live in Kansas now and for the foreseeable future.