October 10, 2017, Register Staff
In response to several major Napa County fires that have displaced thousands of area residents, Napa Valley Community Foundation has activated a Disaster Relief Fund for fire victims.
The Fund was originally established in response to the South Napa earthquake of 2014 with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners, and ultimately helped provide services to more than 12,000 earthquake victims, including cash aid to 1,400 of those hardest hit by the last declared disaster in the region.
Today, NVCF will be convening decision-makers from the nonprofit sector and local government to assess urgent needs and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts, the Foundation said in a news release.
The Foundation will also distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local nonprofits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. Grants will focus on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fire.
On the heels of the South Napa earthquake and the 2015 fires in Lake County, most of these organizations received technical assistance from NVCF to boost their capacity to respond to natural disasters.
Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for the fires in Napa County on Monday. Individual Assistance funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also have been requested.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund are welcome in any amount; and more than 125 people have already made gifts by visiting this page of the Foundation’s website: napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/