Caldor Fire Relief Efforts & Opportunities

In the first few days of the Caldor fire, Faith Church was contacted by The Cameron Park HUB and El Dorado County as they searched for appropriate locations for evacuation centers. Later, the County was able to establish sufficient evacuation centers that could provide showers, bathrooms, and meals for evacuees and so our parking lot was not needed as a major evacuation site. However, our parking lot will continue to be available for self-contained RV's as needed.
 
On Sunday, August 22, those who were interested in working on fire relief met after church. Catherine Maloney volunteered to coordinate our efforts. This email outlines the outreach efforts thus far and opportunities for the near future.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Catherine at (530) 488-8172 or by email at cmmaloney503@gmail.com
Outreach Efforts and Opportunities
Dear Friends in Faith,

A team has been assembled to coordinate our fire relief efforts. We wanted to provide an update on Faith’s efforts and let you know of ways you can assist or provide support.

Through your generosity, the work of the Mission Team, and funds provided by the Diocese, we have made significant contributions to local organizations that are directly meeting the needs of those who have been displaced or lost their homes in the fire.

A cash donation of $1000 was sent to the El Dorado Community Foundation. They have a streamlined grants process in place for those who need financial assistance.

The Pioneer School District Parent Teacher Association is distributing grocery and Target gift cards to staff and families in need. We contributed $1600 to their efforts. Pioneer School District includes Grizzly Flats and most of the areas where homes and a school were destroyed.

The Red Cross and Cameron Park CSD referred a family to us. A young mother and her two sons lost their home and are living with a family member in Folsom. We were able to provide new and gently used clothing and shoes as well as gift cards for groceries and other necessities. The team also assisted the mother with completing the Community Foundation grant request. We will continue to keep in touch with her to see what her needs are in the coming weeks.
 
Grocery gift cards have been provided to several other families who were living in vehicles or have displaced family members staying with them.
 
We are also aware of 36 employees of the El Dorado County School district who have been displaced by the fire, two of whom lost their homes. We are working with the District representative to see how we can assist.

There are multiple ways that you can support those impacted by this disaster. Financial support options, volunteer opportunities, and requests for more tangible items are outlined in this email.

Thank you for your generous support of those in need and for continued prayers for our community!

Sincerely, Catherine Maloney
Support for Walt Tyler Elementary School
Walt Tyler Elementary School
Walt Tyler Elementary School, which was destroyed by the fire, will have a temporary location for students soon and needs assistance starting to rebuild their classroom libraries and get additional supplies. 
NEW & USED BOOKS NEEDED:
The school is in need of books for students from TK through Grade 4, so anything from picture books to chapter books. We will collect any gently used books you may have.
 
To donate new or used books, bring them to church on Sunday, drop them off when the office is open, Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or contact Catherine Maloney at cmmaloney503@gmail.com or 530-488-8172 and she will arrange for someone to pick them up from you.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM AMAZON:
The school has created an Amazon wish list for classroom supplies. Click the link below to visit Amazon and see the list of requested items. Once you load your items in the cart, you can ship them directly to the teacher by choosing "Emily Spilker's Gift Registry" in the address list. If you don't have than options, you can use the following address or drop off your purchase at the church:

PO BOX 1125 Diamond Springs, CA 95619
Financial Support for Fire Relief
Faith Church:
Mail donations to Faith Episcopal Church, PO BOX 966, Shingle Springs, CA 95682, or online via Realm on our website. Choose "Community Outreach Fund when giving online.

El Dorado Community Foundation
Donate by clicking HERE.
 
El Dorado County Food Bank
Donate non-perishable food or cash by clicking HERE
Volunteer Opportunities
Caring for Animals:
If you can assist with caring for livestock, large animals, and farm animals that have been evacuated (feeding and watering, mucking stalls, cleaning grounds, etc.), HandsOn Sacramento is coordinating volunteers. You can get details and sign up HERE.
 
Evacuation Center Help:
The evacuation center at the Cameron Park CSD is in need of additional volunteers. You can call 530-677-2231 or send an email to recreationcoordinator@cameronpark.org and leave them your name and contact information.