The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the LNU Lightening Complex Fires. So far, the Foundation has granted nearly $150,000 to supply gift cards for immediate needs and temporary shelter to those displaced by the fires, as well as to provide essential emergency services, like counseling, food access and insurance navigation. In the coming weeks, the Disaster Relief Fund will continue to provide immediate response grants for additional safety net services, like legal and housing assistance, as well as the launch of cash assistance available to homeowners and renters affected by the fires.
On August 18, 2020, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fires, including those in Napa County.
NVCF is working in close coordination with Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (aka, the Napa Valley COAD), a grouping of community service organizations whose mission is to improve coordination and communication among nonprofits — and between local government agencies, the charitable sector, faith communities and the private sector — before, during and after disasters. During an active disaster, the Napa Valley COAD works closely with the Napa County Emergency Operation Center to assess urgent needs, identify short-term gaps and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts.
Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund grantees to-date providing services to those affected by the fires:
Families and individuals in need of assistance should visit the Napa County Local Assistance Center and/or contact UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010.
Check back frequently for more information as additional help and a financial assistance program becomes available.
Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
In 2016, Napa Valley Community Foundation created the Napa Valley COAD, a network of more than 100 nonprofit, faith community and government sector groups whose mission is to improve coordination and communication before, during and after a disaster. Napa Valley COAD is activated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Napa County, and acts as a liaison in the Emergency Operations Center between local government and the nonprofits serving our community. The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund supports the operations of the Napa Valley COAD and many of the disaster relief services provided by safety net nonprofits collaborating through COAD to meet unmet needs that arise.
About the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is managed by Napa Valley Community Foundation and was established with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. So far, the Fund has distributed more than $25 million for relief and recovery from recent disasters.