Meet Kate Siegel Shimko, who not only is a loving mother and wife, but also one of the leaders in fundraising efforts for COVID-19 Relief in the state of CO.
The below Q&A with Kate touches on some key points about the COVID-19 Relief efforts in Colorado.
How did you become involved in this massive responsibility?
I am part of the Governor's Senior Staff, and before that was his fundraising director on the political side for 7 years. So when we saw a fundraising need during these unprecedented times, I was asked to help raise the money for COVID-19 Relief Fund.
What are the fundraising objectives of the COVID-19 Relief fund?
The Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund's purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds for unmet needs of disproportionately affected Coloradans all over the state. These funds will be allocated in the following 3 areas: prevention, impact and recovery. As of April 1st, we have received over 450 applications for funding from across the state.
Are there particular groups identified as currently needing the most aid?Similarly, are their groups who are in the most need of volunteers?
The Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund will focus on Communities across Colorado without access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are now facing unparalleled barriers due to COVID-19. These include: People without health insurance, Workers that do not have access to paid sick leave, People with limited English proficiency, Healthcare, Hospitality, Service industry and gig economy workers, Older adults living on low income, Communities of color, and People with disabilities. The state is also in need of volunteers! We are looking for healthcare volunteers, people who work with data, and so much more.
How much do you hope to raise?
Within the first two weeks we have raised over $8 million and we know the need just continues to grow. So we expect this to continue to be a multi million dollar effort.
Are donations made to the fund as a whole, or can people contribute to a specific category of the relief fund?
Currently funds are unrestricted.
When will funds begin to be dispersed?
The first funds will be dispersed in the next two weeks.
As of today, we have raised over 8.8 million dollars from over 5,000 individuals from across our state. Some of our major donors are the Denver Broncos, Colorado Health Foundation, VF Corp, The Colorado Trust, and Walmart.