ROTARY DISTRICT 5130 FIRE RELIEF FUND SUPPORTS VICTIMS OF THE NAPA, SONOMA, LAKE, AND MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRES

During the night on Sunday, October 8th 14 separate fires erupted in the North Bay communities of, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.  Tens of thousands of residents fled for their lives with, in most cases, just the clothes on their backs.  Many of those residents are still displaced with no knowledge of the status of their homes and businesses.  To date, over 5000 structures have been destroyed and presently 36 lives have been lost with the death toll climbing every day.  The immediate financial needs for these communities are vast.

The Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund is now accepting cash donations to support those in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.  “The magnitude of the devastation that is occurring right now in the North Bay and Wine Country is vast and far reaching.  The recovery and rebuild is going to be a long process but we are confident that we can lead the way in bringing these communities back.  Rotarians know how to get things done and won’t stop until we reach the finish line.” Stated Bob Rogers, Rotary District 5130 Governor.  

The Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund is administered by Rotarians and supports a multitude of areas of need as identified, including but not limited to; small business grants, housing, shelter support, grief counseling, unmet needs and any other assistance to the businesses and residents that have been displaced by this tragedy.  100% of all donations will be used to support the fire survivors with no fund overhead expense.

The fund is the outgrowth of The Lake Area Rotary Club Fire Relief Fund (LARCA) that was created by the Lake County Rotary clubs in 2015 after a series of fires ravaged through the community including the devastating Valley Fire, raised nearly $1 Million.  The LARCA fund has been successfully deployed these past 18 months to assist those described by Ron Roberts, President of the Lake Area Rotary Club Association, ““The goal of our committee from day 1 has been to find the holes in the system and get the help to where it is needed most and do it with nearly zero overhead costs.”  He goes on to state “with the onslaught of these new and incredibly devastating fires in our neighboring counties, it’s now time to take that knowledge and experience we gained here in Lake County and now expand it to help others.”

To make a donation click HERE. Questions can be sent to larca5130@gmail.com

The Sulphur Fire

The Sulphur Fire

The Sulphur Fire started Sunday, October 8th, off of Sulpher Bank Road in Clearlake near the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians Reservation. This is the *5th worst fire in the last three years in Lake County, CA. Lake County is known for its beauty and rural living just one hour north of Napa Valley.

Two Lake County Non-Profit Organizations Partner with East Lake RCD to Support Reforestation in Fire-Ravaged Communities

Lake County, Calif. – Two Lake County-based non-profit organizations have provided much- needed financial support to assist in the reforestation efforts for the areas ravaged by last September’s Valley Fire.

#LakeCountyRising is a collaborative fundraising effort of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association, and Lake County Wine Alliance. The Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) is a non-profit foundation comprised of the 4 Rotary Clubs in Lake County – Lakeport, Middletown, Clearlake and Kelseyville. Together, these two entities have provided the necessary dollars to jumpstart the much needed reforestation in the fire affected areas.

The Lake Area Rotary Club Association donates $3,000.00 for the Integrated Public Alert Warning System.

The tragedies of the record breaking 2015 fire season in Lake County generated a great deal of community support, collaboration, and teamwork. Countless individuals, organizations, friends, strangers, and neighbors came together in response to these disasters. One such group was a conglomerate of Rotary, International organizations based right here in Lake County. The Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) was formed to distribute donations that had been gathered from the various Rotary clubs based in Lake County. 

Lake Area Rotary Club Association Fire Relief Fund Helps Double the Size of Afterschool Program in Middletown

Lake Area Rotary Club Association Fire Relief Fund  Helps Double the Size of Afterschool Program in Middletown

Press Release

The Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) Fire Relief Fund has committed to doubling the capacity of the Afterschool Program in Middletown. The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) is authorized to serve 29 students in the Minnie Cannon School Afterschool Program. With this donation, the program is now serving 60 students. LARCA committed $12,500 to support this effort.

Thank You!

On behalf of the residents of Lake County and all of us here with the Lake Area Rotary Club Association, I want to offer our sincere thank you for your donation to our Fire Relief Fund. The outpouring of support that our community has seen this summer has been overwhelming and incredibly heartwarming. Your generosity is going to help us rebuild the soul and the structure of our community!