There was a spark, then a fire—and that was all it took for a community in Colorado to come together through social networking and make a difference.
Dubbed one of the most destructive fires in Colorado history, the blaze scorched over 6,000 acres and forced evacuations of 3,500 people in just a few days.
According to the Fourmile Heroes website:
“In order to share information about 2010 Fourmile Fire as it happened, we tweeted scanner reports, posted news reports, drove food to the volunteer firefighters and expressed our fears to one another. Meanwhile, the real heroes — firefighters and emergency workers — were busy saving lives.”
But everyone wanted to do more.
So within a few hours of those initial tweets, Fourmile Heroes was born. An organization formed organically by residents who care, its mission is to support the firefighters of the Fourmile Fire with two goals in mind:
- To express thanks to the firefighters and emergency workers
- To raise money for local firefighters
The organization is selling a limited edition artistic tribute poster to further support firefighting families and help rebuild the area.
All of the proceeds from the sale of items are donated to the Boulder County Firefighters Association Fund.
Fourmile Heroes is a great example of how easy it is for a community to create rapid, positive change.
To volunteer, or learn more please contact Laura@fourmileheroes.org
To purchase a poster, click here.
Image Credit: Fourmile Heroes