“Rebuild Lyons – One Life at a Time” is very happy to announce the beginning of its campaign to provide direct grant assistance to residents of the greater Lyons area who have been impacted by the recent devastating floods.
The Lyons Community Foundation (“LCF”) and the Lyons Community Basic Needs and Emergency Fund (“LCBNEF”), fiscally sponsored by Lyons Community Church, have established the “Rebuild Lyons – One Life at a Time” fund in the wake of the devastating flood that began on the night of September 11, 2013.
The goal of the Fund is to provide financial support for individuals and families affected by the flood. The fund is intended to meet intermediate-term needs of those impacted. Grants from $200 to $5,000 per household will be available.
LCF has raised over $270,000 to date, which will be distributed via grants from Rebuild Lyons. The “Donate Now” button on LCF’s website, www.lyonscf.org as well as through other relief efforts and events, continues to funnel in major dollars from generous donors near and far to aid locals caught in dire emergency straits. People are encouraged to visit the website to make donations that will be earmarked for the Rebuild Lyons flood relief campaign.
The official kick-off of “Rebuild Lyons - One Life at a Time” will be held during the “Celebrating Lyons” benefit concert on Saturday, October 12, starting at 2 pm at Boulder’s First United Methodist Church at 1421 Spruce Street. Featured will be Lyons’ own musicians in a program that includes beloved family/children songs, graceful and swashbuckling Celtic folk, ancient Greek hymns, poet/songwriters, Bach Chaconne, and Beethoven Quartet op.132 “A Song of Thanksgiving.” Suggested donation for all non-Lyons residents: $10 Friends of Lyons/$20 Guardians of Lyons/$50 Angels of Lyons. Children are Welcome!
“Though the task of rebuilding Lyons seems daunting, music has always been central to our community spirit and is therefore an ideal place to start,” stated MinTze Wu, event organizer and founder and director of Sounds of Lyons. “The concert will be a joyous celebration of the spirit of Lyons, and a great way to get the word out about how people can contribute to the relief funds, as well as how people can apply for aid,” said Wu.
“People from around Colorado and around the country have been so generous in supporting the people of the Lyons area,” said Emily Flemming, Pastor of the Lyons Community Church. “Now it’s time to get that money where it belongs – to those individuals and families most affected by the flood and its aftermath,” said Flemming. “Distributing these donations directly to the people most affected is the core mission of Rebuild Lyons,” said Liz Erley, Chair of the Lyons Community Foundation. “Every donation will go to the Rebuild Lyons fund,” said Erley.
Grant Applications will be available at this benefit concert, the weekly Thursday evening Town of Lyons meetings, and at local businesses, as well as online starting October 12 and must be postmarked by November 12, 2013. Monies will be disseminated by mid-December. Donations continue to be accepted online at www.lyonscf.org.
The time for Rebuild Lyons is now. The LCF exists to improve the quality of life, build a culture of giving and encourage positive change for the Greater Lyons Area. Helping out Lyons community members in urgent situations is the LCBNEF’s goal. Our mutual goal: To Rebuild Lyons - One Life at a Time.