LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (3/16/16)--A fire relief fund administered by Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., will distribute nearly $875,000 to 1,184 people who lost primary residences in the California wildfires, thanks to the generosity of 12,000 donors, including many credit union organizations.
Roughly, 1,300 homes were lost in the September 2015 fires (Lake County News March 15).
Redwood Credit Union’s Lake County Fire Victims Relief Fund was created by Redwood Credit Union Community Fund Inc. in partnership with Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., and the Press Democrat, and in conjunction with state Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg). In total, the fund has collected $2.5 million.
Many local community officials offered assistance, including the Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, as well as agencies, superintendents, nonprofits and community leaders.
The most recent disbursement will be equally divided into $900 gifts per per affected household of FEMA-registered residents.
Previous disbursements from the fund have supported: gift cards for clothing and school supplies to students, teachers and school employees; funding for immediate food, shelter and housing; support for first responders who lost homes; funding for residents with livestock to build paddocks; and support for numerous community holiday events, food and gifts.
Also, support for swift water rescue equipment and training was provided to help protect the community.
Funds have also been set aside for top community needs, economic recovery and community rebuilding.