The Boles Fire had a tremendous impact on Siskiyou County in September 2014. It destroyed 150 residences and forced 1,500 people to evacuate Weed and Siskiyou County.
In response to this disaster, United Way of Northern California started the Boles Fire Relief Fund. This fund provided $105,608 to the Weed Recreation and Parks District to help finance the Weed Community Center, which was one of the 150 structures destroyed in the Boles Fire. United Way of Northern California is proud to announce that 100% of the money donated went directly to the relief effort.
The new community center stands as a permanent symbol of the town’s resilience and spirit. It includes an event hall, multi-use recreation hall, commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, therapy pool, exterior courtyard, lobby area and covered entryway. Other major contributors to the center included the McConnell Foundation and Ford Foundation.
United Way of Northern California also helped fund wildfire relief programs run by local partners including:
- Madrone Hospice
- Siskiyou Opportunity Center
- Stable Hands
- Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center