How to help after the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs

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As news of a mass shooting at an LGBTQ Colorado nightclub swept across the country on Sunday, many were asking how to help family members of victims and survivors, or the LGBTQ community at large. Within hours, organizers created fundraisers and shared locations for blood drives.

With at least five dead and more than 25 injured in Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, mourners across the city have held at least 14 vigils to offer collective support. Willow Creek Wellness, a mental health service in Colorado Springs, offered flowers, coffee and donuts to people attending a memorial for the victims on Sunday. At a vigil at All Souls Unitarian Church, there was not enough room for everyone who wanted to attend, and organizers told attendees they would continue hold more vigils.

“Colorado stands with our LGBTQ community and everyone affected by this tragedy as we mourn,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) said. Twitter. “I spoke with the mayor [John] Suthers and clarified that every state resource is available to local law enforcement in Colorado Springs.

Here are some resources for those looking to help or those in need of services following the shooting.

Club Q has shared an official donation site to help the victims of the shooting on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon. The donation site, Colorado gives 365supports the Colorado Healing Fundwhich was created to deal with the aftermath of mass violence and provide victims with immediate and long-term support.

Greg Resha, a former Club Q employee, is also helping raise money for medical and funeral expenses for victims and families of the mass shooting. The GoFundMe The page states that all funds will be donated to the Colorado Gives 365 organization.

Good Judy Garage, an LGBTQ-owned auto repair shop in the Denver area, has set a goal of $500,000 for funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses for the families of those who have been killed or injured by the shooter. “Our goal is to cover at least 5,000 funeral expenses for each of the 5 victims,” said the GoFundMe pages read.

Classroom of Compassion, an arts-focused nonprofit in Los Angeles, has also set up a GoFundMe to raise funds and travel to Colorado Springs to set up public altars and a youth healing pop-up space to honor the victims.

All three GoFundMe fundraisers have been verified by site.

Donations can also be made to blood banks. By Sunday afternoon, Vitalant, a nonprofit blood donation organization, had sent 70 units of blood products to hospitals in Colorado Springs in response to “the senseless violence at Club Q.” it’s said on Twitter.

“Those who want to help can make appointments to donate blood in the coming days and weeks to ensure blood is available for emergencies and the daily needs of patients,” said the organization tweeted.

Colorado Children’s Hospital also has a blood donation center located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It is open Monday through Friday for blood donations.

More than 60 therapists offered low-cost, sliding-scale or free sessions to those affected by the shooting. The City of Colorado Springs shared details to contact the therapists on his website.

Monday through Wednesday, the Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a resource expo to provide support to community members. Mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, child care, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals and other services will be provided, the police department tweeted.

El Paso County Public Health shared via Twitter that the Colorado Crisis Services Hotline is available 24 hours a day by phone call or text for those in need. The public health agency also shared other mental health resources on their website.

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