Thank you to all who’ve stepped up to support our North Bay Fire Recovery efforts, supporting those who’ve lost so much during the past week of devastation throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. Through our event on Thursday and our online fund, we’ve raised over $50K for victims and for community resilience initiatives to help us better prepare for future catastrophe. While the fires still burn and we have yet to count our losses, the outpouring of support from farmers and allies across California has been overwhelming.
We are currently working to connect deliveries of farm products and supplies to shelters and evacuees, facilitating connections that will help get folks back on their feet. Please get in touch if you need or can offer support of any kind. And for those watching from afar unsure how to help, please consider donating to our fund. It’ll be a long road to recovery, but together we will rebuild, replant and get back to feeding our communities: www.farmersguild.org/north-bay-fire-relief
Reprinted from the Press Democrat – October 13, 2017
North Bay Love Fire Benefit at the Barlow
The North Bay Love Fire Benefit at The Barlow in Sebastopol on Thursday, October 12 featured a number of local musicians, artist and creative spirits who came together to help those affected by the North Bay wildfires.
It was put together by a number of local organizations such as The Farmers Guild, the North Bay Organizing Project, Daily Acts, the School Box Project, the Arlene Francis Center, Sebastopol Grange, Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Conservation Action, to establish a Fire Recovery Fund.
The goal of the Fire Recovery Fund is to channel the organization’s collective resources to help families and individuals recover from damages they may have suffered by the North Bay wildfires not covered by insurance or traditional relief services.
A diverse coalition of community-based organizations have come together to establish the North Bay Fire Recovery Fund. These funds will be provided to fire victims, especially those suffering losses that may not be covered by insurance or traditional relief services, and to support local organizations that help us build more healthy, just and resilient communities that can better prepare us for future catastrophe.
Grassroots community-based organizations are essential to ensuring that recovery efforts reflect the diverse needs of our community now and in the future. As a coalition representing small farmers, latinos and sustainability leaders, we have strong partnerships with local non-profits, government agencies, faith institutions, family businesses and schools.