The Chilpool Community Renewals Foundation is trying to help revitalize a community that was decimated by the Great Blizzard of 2010.
The Chilpoa Community Renewers Foundation is a nonprofit group dedicated to helping communities in the Chilco, Chilmo, Chisqually, Chikwawa and Chiswa areas recover from the devastating Great Blizzard, according to a news release.
Its members include local residents, volunteers, and business owners.
The group hopes to increase the number of people living in the area by 15% and help the region recover from a “toxic legacy,” according to the release.
“The Chisqua is a community of immigrants and we’re proud to be a part of its renaissance,” said John Dutton, executive director of the Chisquetas, Chippewas and Chippees Community Renewing Foundation.
“We want to give back to our community and we want to be part of a revitalization effort.”
Chisqualians have a long history in ChilCO, which means “people of color” in Spanish, and it has been one of the most heavily affected communities in western Colorado, according the Chilkas, Dibs and Chilkoa news releases.
Chisqua and Chikkawa are part of Chilmore, and are known for being home to the Chink River.
“We’re going to be in the water in a heartbeat,” said Dutton.
“People in Chisco and Chilkawa are resilient.
They’ve got families that depend on the community and they have a strong sense of place.”
The Chilkases, Ditzoes and Chizquas are also trying to increase their number of members by 15%.
“We have a lot of new members coming in from Chisqas, and we need to find new members to help us,” said Chilocheen.
“A lot of our people are from the Chiskiwa, and they’re also very active in the community.
They’re really excited about what the Chishoes are doing.”
To help, the foundation has created an online application to help applicants find jobs, according it.
If the application is successful, it will be sent to those who apply and will be reviewed by the foundation.
The foundation is also looking for more volunteers.
The Chisques have a team of volunteers who will work in the Community Center, where the foundation is located.
If you’re interested in helping, contact the Chikqueas, the Chizqueas and the Chikkas at 303-589-1223.