Dear MCAR Members,
As wildfires continue to engulf areas throughout California and firefighters work tirelessly to contain them, our own Monterey County communities are now in desperate need of support. Multiple MCAR members, their families and generations of beloved clients are being impacted by this crisis. We know that some have likely lost their homes.
With an official state of emergency declared, federal funds will start flowing into the state to support local efforts, but there are several things you can do now to help.
VISA GIFT CARDS FOR DISPLACED RESIDENTS-
The Monterey County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Trust is prepared to assist those displaced by the fires with Visa Gift Cards. If you or someone you know has lost their home to the fire, please contact the MCAR office (M-F, 8 AM – 4 PM). If after normal business hours, please email Kevin Stone (email@example.com).
C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund grants are available for REALTOR® members, employees of REALTOR® members and/or association staff who experience loss and severe hardship due to the fires. The DRF grant application can be found here.
Please feel free to share the information with members who are in need of assistance.
Making a financial contribution to a nonprofit that’s helping wildfire victims is usually the best way of ensuring your donation will be utilized. The American Red Cross has been helping provide support and shelter to evacuees. You can help by giving or calling 1- 800-Red Cross or texting the word RED CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
DONATE FOOD & OTHER SUPPLIES –
Most local shelters are overwhelmed with evacuees. Help feed our affected neighbors by donating non-perishables to your Local Food Bank. Items like clothing, housewares, personal hygiene products, pet supplies and other necessities will likely be in demand soon. Though the outpouring of support has been immense, many shelters and banks are still in need.
FOSTER OR ADOPT A PET-
Many animals are also falling victim to these horrific fires. Pets are being left behind as residents evacuate. Forest animals are fleeing as the trees and forests burn. The Humane Society and the SPCA are working to rescue and take in animals from the affected areas. Information and resources for the SPCA along with ways you can support their efforts, can be found here:
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AND EXPERTISE.
Even just a few hours of your time can give someone a long overdue break or bring fresh energy during a difficult time. Whether you’re helping sort donations or setting up shelters for new evacuees, you’ll be making a massive difference.
Together we can make a difference.
Below are announcements and links for information and resources to help those affected by the fires.