“Colorado stands with our LGBTQ community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said on Twitter. “I have spoken with 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 who need services in the aftermath of the shooting.
Club Q shared an official donation site to help victims of the shooting on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon. The donation site, Colorado Gives 365, supports the Colorado Healing Fund, which was created to deal with the aftermath of mass violence and provide victims with immediate and long-term support.
Greg Resha, a former employee of Club Q, is also helping to raise funds for medical and funeral expenses for the victims and families of the mass shooting. The GoFundMe page says 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 expenses, medical expenses and other expenses for families of those who were killed or injured by the gunman. “Our goal is to at least cover 5k of funeral expenses for each of the 5 victims,” the GoFundMe page reads.
Classroom of Compassion, an arts-focused nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, has also set up a GoFundMe page to collect funds and travel to Colorado Springs to set up public altars and a healing youth pop-up space to honor the victims.
All three of the GoFundMe fundraisers have been verified by the site.
Donations can also be made to blood banks. As of 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 said on Twitter.
“Those who want to help can make an appointment to give blood in the coming days and weeks ahead to help ensure blood is available for emergencies and everyday patient needs,” the organization tweeted.
Children’s Hospital Colorado also has a blood donation center located at the Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora. It is open from Monday to Friday for blood donations.
Over 60 therapists have offered low-fee, sliding-scale or free sessions for those impacted by the shooting. The city of Colorado Springs shared details for contacting the therapists on its website.
From Monday to Wednesday, the Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a resource expo to provide community members with support. 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 around-the-clock via phone call or text for those who need it. The public health agency also shared further mental health resources on their website.