The Downtown Boulder community recently launched an effort to help employees of downtown Boulder businesses.

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Created by the Downtown Boulder Foundation, the Downtown Boulder Employee Assistance Fund is giving gifts of $500 to employees (current or recent) of downtown businesses who are experiencing severe financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and related closures. The stories are heartbreaking, and in an effort to fund all employees who are in need, they are trying to share the fund with as many people as possible. As a part of the fund, Downtown Boulder created a monthly virtual 5k run series, where community members can run (on their own, while maintaining social distance) and get pledges for their run. Prizes will go to top donors monthly, along with a monthly drawing from all participants. Prizes are gift cards to downtown businesses of the winner’s choice. Fundraising so far has been very grassroots, and most of the top donors represent regular individuals from the community who appreciate how the people who will benefit from this fund keep the heart of Boulder beating on a daily basis. Late last week, they received the largest single donation ($5,000) and a matching challenge from local granting organization, BoldeReach.  Word is starting to spread in the community!

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