For more information about Boulder Flood Relief, visit boulderfloodrelief.org.
For more information about Boulder Mudslingers, look for Boulder Mudslingers on Facebook at facebook.com/boulder.mudslingers.
For more information about the Foothills United Way flood relief fund, visit unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief
For more information about the cycling fundraiser for Jamestown, go to c4jtown.com.
The all-volunteer Boulder Flood Relief group formed shortly after the September floods to connect all the people who wanted to help with those who needed assistance.
The first weekend, the group sent out about 400 volunteers, said Boulder Flood Relief executive director Thomas Wells, and about 1,000 volunteers have gone out in the last month.
"We had a giant outpouring of support and people eager to volunteer right away," he said. "There were people who wanted to help and didn't know where to go. We were able to get people out in the first week."
But now, he said, numbers are dwindling. This past weekend, about 100 volunteers showed up to help over three days.
"We have a lot more projects and people requesting help than we have volunteers," Wells said.
Along with continued support, he said, the group also needs people willing to help in other communities. The group has turned its focus to Lyons and northern Colorado's Milliken, where a mobile home park was hit hard by floods.
"Some of those other communities have fewer resources and less support in general," he said. "We formed to fill some of the gaps that other relief organizations don't hit, to help people who haven't been reached or who have been left behind."
Another community volunteer group, the Boulder Mudslingers, started when people in the climbing community were looking for ways to help. Since then, said Aly Nicklas, who's one of the group's directors, about 800 people have committed to helping. Some companies are giving workers the day off during the week to volunteer, but most volunteering now happens on weekends.
Still, she said, she's seen volunteer numbers decrease as people return to jobs and life.
"We need volunteers," she said. "It definitely feels like we're in a sprint with winter approaching. It's really easy to go back to normal life, but the biggest thing I'm trying to get across is that the impact is huge in the mountain communities. They need a lot of help. We intend to continue as long as there's need in the community."
As both groups push to keep their volunteer efforts going, fundraisers for flood victims also are ongoing.
One of the main fundraising efforts is led by Foothills United Way. Spokeswoman Heather Spencer said about $2.6 million has been raised to date for flood relief, with about $600,000 committed so far through grants. Foothills United Way is working with the Community Foundation of Boulder County and community leaders to determine the areas of greatest need in distributing money.
She said some priority areas include short-term housing and child care for those who have been displaced, along with providing assistance for long-term recovery areas in Lyons, Jamestown and Salina.
"By working together, we can see the big picture to really understand what the greatest needs are and help the most people," she said.
The Community Foundation is overseeing several funds to address specific needs, including a Lyons fund that's raised about $300,000, a fund for relief for farmers impacted by the flood and a fund to help with rebuilding Jamestown's roads, bridges and parks.
The cycling community is organizing an all-day fundraiser Saturday for the rebuild Jamestown fund. People can meet leaders in the cycling community -- including some pro road and mountain bike racers -- make a donation for Jamestown and participate in a silent auction.
"We had a huge spike in donations right after the flood, but donations are still going strong," said Community Foundation spokeswoman Gretchen Minekime.