Volunteers Build Sheds to Help Rist Canyon Residents Recover

AmeriCorps build shed in Fort Collins, CO
The Red Cross has purchased kits, supplies and resources to build storage sheds to help families in their rebuilding efforts in their remote mountain properties in Rist Canyon.

On Saturday, July 20, volunteers from across the Northern Colorado community came together to help some of the hardest hit families as they continue to rebuild one year after the devastating High Park fire.

During an all-day work event, volunteers completed and painted three sheds for homeowners along Davis Ranch Road. The sheds provide a temporary storage solution for families rebuilding after the wildfire’s destruction.

Using funds donated by the public to help with wildfire recovery, the Red Cross has purchased kits, supplies and resources to build these storage sheds to help families in their rebuilding efforts in their remote mountain properties. To date, more than a dozen sheds have been built using volunteer labor, and the Red Cross plans to complete more than 30 of the sheds by the end of the summer.

The homeowners who received sheds on Saturday -Joe, Tanya, and Ray - were very gracious, were wonderful to work with, and were very appreciative of the efforts.

This was truly a community effort, with the Red Cross providing the sheds, Home Depot discounting and delivering the sheds, Jason’s Deli and the Red Cross providing lunch, snacks and drinks, and volunteers from throughout the community building and painting the sheds. Many of the volunteers were from a local church that has taken on the project lead after it was started by AmeriCorps volunteers.