The wildfires that raced across California at the end of last year astounded all of us. Especially after such a devastating hurricane season. It felt (feels) relentless, as though mother nature has something to say. But, even with the maddening pace of destruction, I feel surrounded by generosity.
I applaud the responsiveness of the Starbucks Foundation and Google who promptly launched fundraising campaigns to benefit wildfire recovery efforts in Northern California. We are grateful for the open heartedness and generosity of their customers!
The dollars that were raised by both organizations enabled the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to award four grants for wildfire recovery specifically in Northern California. The mission-focused work of the organizations that are leading the recovery efforts in Northern California leverages the generosity of our donors.
I am pleased to announce that the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has awarded grants to:
- Abode Services received a $38,430 grant to support the rapid rehousing of 40 families and individuals rendered homeless by the wildfires.
- Internews Network was awarded $100,000 to support the development of a two-way conversation between the Latino community and local government, media, and nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County.
- On The Move received $25,000 to support fire-affected families for at least six months with emergency financial assistance and comprehensive case management.
- UpValley Family Centers was awarded $15,000 to support 450 low-income individuals, immigrants, seniors and families with children who live or work in Napa County.
Collectively, these four grants serve the following wildfire-affected populations: low-income households, immigrants, seniors, families with children (especially single-parent households), and, homeless households created by the wildfire.
Our grantmaking in Northern California benefited tremendously from the guidance and collaboration of many. In particular, we are thankful for the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s insights and partnership!