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LARCA was formed in 2013 and received its non-profit 501(c)3 status in March 2014 for the purpose of supporting the fundraising efforts of the individual Rotary Clubs in Lake County. After the 2015 wildfires in Lake County an additional purpose was added, administering a Fire Relief Fund to help Fire survivors to recover from these devastating fires. In 2016 followed the Clayton Fire that destroyed 300+/- homes and a number of businesses in Lower Lake. LARCA kept right on going. Then in 2017 came the October firestorms that took an enormous toll on Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Our Rotary District 5130 came to LARCA, asking if we would be willing to expand the effort to cover the four counties. The resulting District 5130 Fire Relief Fund was then formed and administered by LARCA. In 2018, the largest fire in California history started in eastern Mendocino County and has burned across the western and northern reaches of Lake County. The fire, known as the Mendocino Complex burned into and around the earlier Pawnee Fire in Lake County.
What We Do
Since its inception in 2015, the LARCA and District 5130 Fire Relief Funds have raised more than $3,000,000 for fire relief efforts. Through the volunteerism and support of our Rotary clubs we pride ourselves on maintaining the funds with zero overhead. This means every penny donated goes to fire relief efforts.
The mission of LARCA and District 5130 Fire Relief Funds is to provide help in the most efficient and effective way to those devastated by wildfires in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties.
- Provide immediate help to families and businesses (including agriculture) to get them resettled in at least temporary housing or establishments by filling gaps of support not provided by other entities.
- Continue fundraising sufficient to carry out our efforts on a continuing basis and to inform our donors of the work their donations made possible.