Struggling to understand the senselessness violence of the Aurora, CO shootings?

CONCERN can provide general guidance on coping with feelings during this difficult time. This newsletter features a selection of articles that focus on helping individuals that may know someone that has been directly impacted by this violence prepare themselves to respond with understanding and support. CONCERN also supports employees and their families with individual clinical counseling if they should seek assistance in coping with their own feelings of being overwhelmed. CONCERN is available 24/7/365 at 800-344-4222

How to help the Aurora, CO theater shooting victims

The nation is still trying to process the events of last week's shooting in an Aurora, CO movie theater during the midnight premier of "The Dark Knight Rises." READ: 12 Killed, 59 Injured In CO Theater Shooting

As locals begin piecing together the details of this unspeakable tragedy, aid organizations are stepping in to offer them supplies, blood donations and comfort. A question many people are asking is, "How can I help?" SCCOE staff that wish to assist victims and their families can turn to the following non-profit organizations.

  • American Red Cross Colorado Chapters dispensed food, water and mental health professionals to Gateway High School, which served as an evacuation site for victims and witnesses after the shooting. The organization is not accepting donations at this time for this specific effort.
  • Aurora Mental Health Center is offering crisis counseling to anyone in need. Find out how you can support the Aurora Mental Health Center here or call 303.617.2300 to find out more information.
  • Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) helps heal those who have been affected by crime with its education, leadership and advocacy programs. COVA is working with the Aurora Police Department to coordinate donations for victims of Friday's mass shooting. To contribute to COVA's relief efforts, consider making a donation online or sending a check to 90 Galapago Street, Denver CO, 80223.
  • Denver Center For Crime Victims is providing bilingual/bicultural counselors to victims and families affected by the tragedy. The organization provides resources such as financial aid, provisions, support groups and more during times of trauma. Learn more here.
  • Hope Rises Relief Fund (part of is raising money for the Aurora shooting victims and their families. Visit Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for more information. The hashtag #ReadyToBelieve has been created to start a Twitter trend for the fund.
  • New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that funds relief projects. New Venture will distribute donations to organizations such as charities, churches and hospitals supporting the families of victims. In some instances, donations will go directly to families.
  • Thrive With Confidence Foundation has organized a local gathering and donation drive in Aurora, Colo., aimed at supporting the community in this time of need. Donations, such as food and bottled water, are encouraged. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page. Donations can be delivered directly to the Rec Center at 15528 east Hampden circle, Aurora, CO 80013
  • United Way Denver is working to support families affected by the tragedy. Find out how you can support United Way Denver's relief efforts here.