North Bay Fire Relief

Terence Mulligan
J. Mateo Baker

Napa County may not have been hit as hard as Sonoma by the October fires, but the Napa Valley Community Foundation took lessons learned from the 2014 South Napa earthquake and moved quickly into action to aid its neighbors. On today’s North Bay Report, we continue the Fire Recovery Series by looking at how that recent disaster provided a template for fire recovery. J. Mateo Baker filed this report.

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The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Foundation has created a fire relief fund offering qualified recipients a check of up to $500. All students, faculty and employees of the SRJC who have been affected by the North Bay fires are eligible.  

Breanne Beseda, director of marketing and communications for the SRJC Foundation said that some funds had been made available as early as Oct. 10, just two days after the fires broke out.

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KRCB/Steve Mencher

At a "Resilience Convening" this week, more than 150 community nonprofits gathered in Rohnert Park. They heard from some of the organizations that have sprung up since the North Bay fires to collect and distribute funds for the recovery.

Elizabeth Brown, CEO of Community Foundation, Sonoma County welcomed the attendees– including KRCB news director Steve Mencher–with an insight into what everyone in the room has been grappling with for nearly two months.

The funders represented included:

"Band Together Bay Area" - a benefit for North Bay Fire Relief - is tonight in San Francisco at AT&T Park.