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Support Sonoma County Fire Victims

The Sonoma County Resilience Fund will help rebuild over the long term


October 17, 2017

The firestorm that has ravaged Sonoma and Napa counties in California's wine country in the past week has taken a devastating toll on the community, with 6,700 structures destroyed, more than 40 deaths and more than $3 billion in losses. Countless numbers of people have lost absolutely everything, and over 20 percent of Sonoma County’s residents have been displaced. The governor has declared a state of emergency in the region, where more than 73,000 acres have burned.

Recovery from these fires will take years, but two community foundations have funds that are taking contributions to help with rebuilding efforts.

With 34 years of experience in philanthropy, Community Foundation Sonoma County knows how to make strategic and impactful grants to support the well-being of the community. To date, the community foundation has given out more than $200 million dollars to Sonoma County organizations addressing issues such as housing, hunger, economic well-being and mental health.

Community Foundation Sonoma County has launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid- to long-term needs of those impacted by these devastating fires. Learn more about the Resilience Fund, which began with a $250,000 contribution from Facebook.

You can quickly and easily support the Resilience Fund in the following ways:

Donate online to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

• Mail a check to Community Foundation Sonoma County, 120 Stony Point Rd., Suite 220, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Please indicate “Sonoma County Resilience Fund” in the memo line.

In neighboring Napa County, the Napa Valley Community Foundation has activated its disaster relief fund to provide assistance and has already made rapid response grants. The foundation plans to convene local government and nonprofit decision-makers to assess immediate needs and gaps and gather information that will shape longer-term recovery efforts.

To learn about more ways to give, contact Community Foundation Sonoma County or Napa Valley Community Foundation.

 

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