Wildfire Relief Fund - Community Partners Making An Impact

In November 2018, a trio of fast-moving wildfires devastated communities across California. Butte County faced the nation’s deadliest wildfire in more than a century, the Camp Fire, which killed 86 and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures. In Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the Hill and Woolsey fires killed three and forced hundreds of thousands of residents from their homes.

While the damage was unprecedented, so was the generosity in the wake of the fires. More than 22,000 donors opened their hearts to help those who lost so much in the fires through the Wildfire Relief Fund. To date, the fund has given $17.2 million to organizations providing basic needs support for families who lost their homes, offering financial assistance to those whose jobs or businesses were destroyed or disrupted, purchasing vital equipment for first responders and enabling rescue services and veterinary care for animals displaced by the Camp, Hill and Woolsey Fires.


Organizations that have received recovery grants include:

Northern California (Camp Fire)

  • North Valley Community Foundation: serves as a disaster relief and recovery hub, supporting efforts focused on housing, health and wellness, youth, education, community development and economic recovery.
  • United Way of Northern California: connects disaster victims to interim housing and provides residents with emergency cash assistance to make up for lost work wages, cover transportation and meet other immediate needs.
  • American Red Cross Gold Country Regionoperates emergency shelters for evacuees of the Camp Fire and is providing meals as well as health and mental health services for individuals and families who have been affected.
  • Salvation Armysupports disaster victims and first responders by providing vital social services including meals, essential items and emotional care.
  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Servicesdeploys volunteers to assist affected communities with the recovery process, including providing emergency aid resources for immigrant and low-income communities.
  • North Valley Animal Disaster Groupconducts rescue, recovery, and reunification efforts for animals affected by the Camp fire.
  • United Domestic Workers of America: provides food, shelter and other support for domestic and home care workers displaced by the Camp Fire.
  • 3CORE: provides small business loans and economic recovery and development planning in communities affected by the Camp Fire.
  • Rebuild Paradise Foundation for capacity to support long-term rebuild efforts in Paradise.
  • The Camp Fire Long-Term Recovery Group for operational expenses to cover the group’s resource center and program support for direct services (case management, financial support, etc.) for Camp Fire survivors.
  • The Butte County Office of Education for the Center for Learning and Resilience, a permanent Center offering the full continuum of services to respond to childhood trauma and adversity.
  • California Vocations Inc. for capacity support and operational expenses associated with providing 24/7 supportive services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) for the Camp Fire Housing Access Model Program (CHAMP) which allows CHAT to assist qualifying households seeking subsidized housing.
  • Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. to hire a new case manager to assist clients with barriers to gaining or retaining employment. Funds will also go to financial assistance for clients.
  • North Valley Housing Trust for financing for the creation of units of affordable housing.
  • Boys and Girls Club North Valley to expand their Chico Club, enhance transportation services, and maintain a Case Manager to support youth and families affected by the Camp Fire.
  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to provide technical assistance to create a sewer utility in Paradise and build capacity of CHIP to develop affordable housing in Camp Fire affected areas.
  • Oroville Hope Center for a Resource Center to provide food, water, and goods to fire victims displaced in Oroville.
  • The Jesus Center for a subsidized bridge housing opportunity to immediately house Camp Fire victims.
  • Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) for increased capacity in their Rental Housing and Homeownership Departments to ramp up production on multi-family and single-family housing projects.
  • Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter for housing for low-income Camp Fire victims who relocated to nearby Yuba and Sutter counties.

Southern California (Woolsey & Hill Fires)

This page will be continue to be updated as future grants are made and new impact reports become available.

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