Cal. CUs activate fire relief funds
ONTARIO, Calif. (9/15/15)--Three fire relief funds administered by credit unions, the California Credit Union League, and other organizations have been created to help communities ravaged by the “Valley Fire” in Middletown, Calif., and other fires in Northern California.
The Valley Fire has destroyed more than 60,000 acres and nearly 1,000 homes and buildings in less than two days. More evacuations are reportedly taking place as Lake County remains in an extremely dangerous situation. So far, 10,000 people have left the area.
Besides local residents, the homes of some employees at Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Mendo Lake CU, Ukiah, Calif., were either lost or partially burned.
Contributors can participate in three ways:
- Lake County Fire Victims Fund (in care of Redwood CU);
- Middletown Relief Fund (in care of the Fire Family Foundation and California Credit Union League); and
- Rocky Fire Relief Fund (in care of Mendo Lake CU, North Coast Opportunities, and Lake County Department of Social Services).
"We are marshaling credit unions across California to aid in helping those affected by this destruction,” said Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California Credit Union League. “Credit unions believe, when one suffers, we band together to help and serve their communities. Some of our credit unions are in these local communities, and they truly need us now.”