Monday, January 17, 2011

How to Help: Memorial Funds and More

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Here's a rundown of various funds that have been created in the wake of the Safeway shooting rampage that claimed six lives and wounded 13 people on Saturday, Jan. 8. We've also included resources for grief counseling and a way to send Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords your best wishes.

Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund
Joop Rubens, Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
To donate, contact Joop Rubens at (831) 502-7275 or

The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund has raised slightly more than $10,000, said fund co-creator Jonathan Klein, a UC Santa Cruz alum and San Francisco attorney.

After discovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ outreach director Gabriel Zimmerman, a UCSC alum, was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting, Klein said the first thing that came to his head was that he should start a UCSC scholarship fund in Zimmerman’s name.

Klein started the fund alongside Joop Rubens, associate director of development for Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

“We have been flooded by phone calls and e-mails. There were a tremendous amount of people who either knew Gabe or were touched by his passing,” Rubens said. “He was doing such great things with his life.”

Rubens said he is optimistic the scholarship fund will reach the $50,000 needed for the fund to be endowed.

“We want to be able to give this every year,” Rubens said.

Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
2250 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Donate via e-mail to, or call (520) 545-0313.

John M. Roll Memorial Fund
James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
Donate online at

Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund
Homicide Survivors
32 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 1408
Tucson, AZ 85701
Donate online at or call (520) 740-5729.

The Tucson Community Food Bank and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross are accepting donations in Giffords’ name.

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road, No. 221
Tucson, AZ 85713
Donate online at or call (520) 622-0525

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
2916 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Donate online at, call (520) 318-6740.

Safeway Foundation Tucson Victims Fund
Safeway Foundation, Safeway Arizona Division
2750 S. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Donations can also be made at any Safeway store.

Well wishes for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can be sent via e-mail to

A candlelight vigil to honor victims and their families is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. outside of University Medical Center, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Optum Health has set up a 24-hour free hotline for those in need of grief counseling. For counseling, call (866) 342-6892.

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