Officials with One Fund El Paso announced Wednesday that victims of the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso may begin applying for financial assistance from One Fund El Paso on Thursday, October 10.
To help those who may qualify for donated funds or with other needs, the One Fund El Paso Task Force and United Way of El Paso County will host a free Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at the new El Paso United Community Assistance Center, 6314 Delta. Various agencies will be present to offer assistance.
Eligible applicants, regardless of nationality, must have been present in the Cielo Vista Walmart, Cielo Vista Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots on August 3.
They include: survivors of those killed in the attack; those who were physically injured and hospitalized inpatient or rehabilitation for one or more nights between August 3 and November 8, 2019; those physically injured and treated at area hospitals on an emergency outpatient basis; and those suffering from trauma from witnessing the attack or its aftermath and sought ongoing licensed mental health treatment with multiple sessions no later than October 15, 2019.
If the victim is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must apply on the victim’s behalf. Only one application should be submitted by, or on behalf of, each victim.
Eligible victims may apply for funds donated to One Fund El Paso through the National Compassion Fund website . Those who do not have internet access may call 855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846). November 8 is the last day to apply.
The National Compassion Fund is administering One Fund El Paso.
National Compassion Fund staff will be available to meet members of the community October 10-12 at the assistance center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 855-4VICTIM (855-484-2846) to set up an appointment.
Application assistance also will be available in Ciudad Juarez from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 12, 19 and 26, and November 2, or by appointment, at Centro de Inclusion Digital, Melquiades Alanes 6431, Col. San Lorenzo, + 52 656 411-1370.
The Community Resource Fair will help people affected by the shooting to connect to immediate support services providing emotional healing and other types of social services.
The following community partners will provide services: El Paso Center for Children; El Paso Child Guidance Center; El Paso County District Attorney’s Office Victim Services; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services; El Paso Police Department Victim Services; Emergence Health Network; Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center; Mexican Consulate; Project Bravo; and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
One Fund El Paso is a single entity established by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the August 3 mass shooting, and their families.
To date, the foundations’ victims’ funds have received more than $6 million in donations.