The 2020 Wildfire Season has brought multiple blazes to the Northern California region and throughout the West Coast. United Way of Northern California (UWNC) is responding to wildfires in our nine-county area, including the Northern Complex fire in Butte and Plumas counties, the Slater Fire in Siskiyou County, and the Zogg Fire in Shasta and Tehama counties, which have claimed lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. UWNC is providing financial support to individuals and to agencies that are working on the ground to assist survivors, evacuees and others impacted by the fires.
UWNC is seeking and accepting donations to help in this work. Over the past two years, through the generosity of our donors, we have distributed more than $6 million to at least 10,000 survivors of the 2018 Camp and Carr Fires, many of whom are affected by the current fire crisis and also by the COVID-19 pandemic. More funding is needed as the effects of these tragedies are long-term – for example, financial assistance to Camp and Carr survivors will be needed for at least the next two years, with United Way on target to distribute $3 million in calendar 2020 alone. We anticipate that the more than 500 families displaced by the current fires in our region will similarly need ongoing support.
United Way of Northern California is committed to serving our communities in times of disaster, and that includes the COVID-19 pandemic. When the virus first made its way into the U.S. in 2020, UWNC responded swiftly with grants, emergency aid, and funding for essential programs like food banks, personal protective equipment for frontline workers, and more. Realizing that things were not returning to "normal" as quickly as we all hoped, we launched campaigns like "Essential Heroes" that rewarded essential workers with $100 gift cards and "United We Mask" where our team surprised mask wearers with $50 to promote keeping our communities safe. Throughout the first quarter of 2021, we have continued our efforts with recovery because we know that for many, recovering from COVID-19 goes beyond physical health. Our current efforts include promoting a state-wide rental assistance program to help renters cover costs and continue to remain in their homes. For more information on how we are responding to COVID-19, visit NorCalUnitedWay.org/covid-response.
For status updates on each fire in the state of California.
An extensive list on what to do after a wildfire from finding temporary housing to rebuilding, and everything in between.
Where to find the chapter nearest you and shelter information.
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