If you are or you know a Club Q victim who has not been connected with a victims advocate, now is the time to do it. They will connect every victim to the resources available and help navigate this complex process. Victims can connect with a victims advocate by going to Community a resource Expo TODAY before 7:00 PM at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Victims who may not feel comfortable going to the resource expo can call or email. I have put the phone number and email address and a list of additional resources for you here: Victim Resources
Who are you? I am the co-owner of Good Judy Garage, a queer-owned and operated auto shop in Denver. I also have 20 years of experience in death care.
Are you verified? Yes, GoFundMe has verified this as a legit fundraiser.
Why did you start this fund? As a queer-owned business, the LGBTQA+ community has embraced us and allowed us to be here to serve them. It is our duty to help the community that has supported us. We went online to donate somewhere on Sunday morning; at that time, there was no info about a fund, so I started one.
Where is the money going? We have retained legal counsel and will be setting up a fund to distribute directly to the victims.
How will the money be divided? We are assembling a steering committee made of local community members with different knowledge bases (medical, legal, mental health, etc) to develop a protocol. We will retain control of how and to whom funds are given and involve victims in developing that protocol because they deserve a say. We are doing this so all available resources out there to the victims can be maximized, so distributions don’t prevent victims from receiving other aid, or having low-income benefits they may be receiving reduced, etc - an unfortunate consequence in other mass shootings when funds were not managed and distributed properly.
How long will this take? Probably a week or two. It takes time to do the legal paperwork, submit it to GoFundMe, which requires certain documentation to release funds, then there is a 3-5 business day waiting period to receive funds, then banks have their holding periods. This is a normal process and there are some resources available in the meantime to provide more immediate help, please see victimsfirst.org/intake
What about fees?? GoFundMe has a standard transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 per donation, allowing for credit card processing and safe transfer of funds. We are receiving guidance from experts at no cost.
When will the fund close? Not for a while. There are many small businesses holding upcoming events from which proceeds will be added to this fund. Once completely established, donations can be made directly in other ways.
Why aren’t you giving your funds to the Colorado Healing Fund? Many, many donors have specifically asked that we do not give our funds to a CHF or other funds like it because they are unhappy with how funds from the SolTribe tragedy and others have been handled, high administrative fees, and the inability to have much say in where the funds go. We are not bad-mouthing the CHF – any donation is a good donation! You’ve asked why, and it’s because our donors have asked us not to, and we will respect that.
Do you have merch we can buy to support your shop? Nope. Donate to the fund instead. You can buy merch to support Atrevida Beer Company, owned by the man who stopped the shooter in the club! https://www.atrevidabeerco.com/
We will leave the fund open, so please keep sharing. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL THE GARAGE - the staff is working on customer vehicles.