Companies join in wildfire relief efforts

Colorado companies, including those with operations in the Grand Valley, have joined in relief efforts for the victims of wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes in the state.

Wells Fargo & Co. has contributed $100,000 to support the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.

In addition, Wells Fargo customers also can donate to the American Red Cross at any of 265 Wells Fargo automated teller machines across Colorado. Customers will not be charged a fee and all of their donations will go to the Red Cross.

“We want to help our communities, customers, team members, friends and neighbors who have been affected by this tragedy and may face a difficult recovery ahead,” said Nathan Christian, regional president for Wells Fargo in Colorado. “We know our contribution will help fund the important work of the Red Cross in assisting victims of these devastating wildfires. We greatly appreciate their efforts.”

The U.S. Bancorp Foundation has contributed $75,000 to support the American Red Cross in its wildlife relief efforts in Colorado.

In addition, the U.S. Bancorp Foundation will match contributions from U.S. Bank employees. Moreover, the bank has established a hardship program for customers who’ve been affected by wildfires.

“U.S. Bank is proud to support the relief efforts in Colorado,” said Hassan Salem, president of the bank in Colorado. “We want to do our part to help support our neighbors, friends and colleagues who are impacted by the fires across the state. U.S. Bank will also tap into its employee volunteer network to collaborate with local volunteer relief efforts.”

Pinnacol Assurance is conducting a fund-raising campaign with its nearly 600 employees and plans to match all gifts on a

2-to-1 ratio. The company also will collect donations at its annual Pinnacol Foundation Golf Tournament and donate the proceeds to the disaster relief fund of the Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Colorado has been Pinnacol’s home for nearly 100 years, and we’re committed to doing our part to help it heal from this terrible tragedy,” said Ken Ross, president and chief executive officer of the workers’ compensation insurance company.

In Grand Junction, Major Mortgage will collect monetary donations through July and contribute the proceeds to the Red Cross and Salvation Army to help people displaced by Colorado wildfires.

Donations will be accepted in the lobby of Major Mortgage, located at 2474 Patterson Road, Suite 200, during operating hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Cash and checks will be accepted and tax receipts provided. Checks should be made out to the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

Major Mortgage will offer gift cards to local businesses for every donation made. People who donate $50 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a 42-inch television.

For more information about the fund drive, call 241-6100 or log on to