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.”