I wanted to share some exciting news about the Disaster Fund for Mendocino County. This week we granted out $200,000 of the funds we have raised so far, for NCO to give each family $1,000 for immediate needs. This was matched by the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, for a total of $2,000 per family with a destroyed home. This is just one example of how our community has stepped up to help those affected by the fires.
Today, I want to acknowledge some of the roughly 2,400 folks who have helped us raise over $1 million dollars in just under four weeks.
The generosity of the many people fundraising on our behalf has been incredible. In particular, there have been a number of young people who have raised impressive amounts of money to help those in need. Here are just a few:
- The children at Oak Manor and Nokomis Elementary schools who brought in over $2,000, mostly in coins and small bills;
- The students at Ukiah High School who contributed nearly $5,000 through donation jars, their special Clubs Day event, and a volleyball game;
- The Ukiah High School Cross Country Team runners who hosted the Yoshaany Rahm Community 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, which honored Yoshaany's legacy by giving back to their community and raised $3,000; and
- The middle school and high school ballerinas who "Danced for Donations" last Sunday at the Mendocino Ballet and raised $1,700.
The Community Foundation is so blessed to have so many people on our team as we respond to the devastation in our community and cannot thank everyone enough for their personal and collective generosity during this difficult time. Raising this amount of money in such a short time in our rural community would not have been possible without the support of the media. Thanks so much to KWINE, KZYX, and the Ukiah Daily Journal for endlessly publicizing the Disaster Fund in the days and weeks following the fires.
We also want to acknowledge with gratitude Jennifer Seward, CEO of the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds and her entire volunteer team who have worked tirelessly and quickly to create the Mendocino Strong Together fundraiser on Saturday, November 4 from 4-10. The proceeds will go directly to NCO and these funds will be combined with those in our Disaster Fund to benefit fire survivors for intermediate and long-term needs. This event, along with the many others happening this weekend, will offer a chance for our community to come together and begin to heal and move forward. I look forward to seeing you there so that together we can support one other through this difficult experience.