Calaveras Community Foundation Grants Funds to Calaveras Recovers
Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) established the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) just days after the Butte Fire began in early September 2015. Within a few days, generous donations from throughout the country began rolling in. More than $500,000 was donated over the course of the next several months.
In the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016, the CCF Board of Directors (BOD) distributed over $286,000 to thirteen community based groups who have provided direct services to the victims of the Butte Fire. A sampling of non-profit groups who received grants from CCF is as follows: Friends of Railroad Flat School provided a variety of care to victims, including bringing in a trailer to distribute necessities like toothpaste, personal items, water and canned food; Calaveras Grown helped with erosion control by providing and applying rice straw to affected areas as well as water system repairs; The Calaveras County Association of Realtors Charities responded by replacing damaged power poles, well repairs and similar items to help in the rebuilding of homes. Storage sheds were purchased to meet dry storage needs in the burn areas.
After initially providing grants for immediate needs, the CCF BOD then shifted to reviewing longer-term impacts. It was obvious that some of the 475 homeowners, who were made homeless by the Butte Fire, would have financial difficulty rebuilding. The BOD was impressed by the creation of Calaveras Recovers, a local group focusing on helping the process of building new homes within the Butte Fire area. The motto of Calaveras Recovers is “Rebuilding Lives and Homes following the Butte Fire”.
At the June 14th CCF BOD meeting, the Board approved the reservation of $200,000 as a grant to Calaveras Recovers. Under the terms of the grant, the $200,000, combined with Calaveras Recover’s other resources and the use of faith based groups doing the actual construction, should provide funding for a minimum of five (5) new homes. This brings the to-date funds donated or committed by CCF from the Disaster Relief Fund to over $486,000.
Calaveras Recovers Vice Chairman, Laurie Giannini shares: “We are grateful to be partnering with the Calaveras Community Foundation. This generous donation will assist five families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Christy Maynard, CCF Vice President-Administration adds: “CCF is pleased to grant these funds to Calaveras Recovers. The overwhelming generosity of individuals and businesses donating to the Disaster Relief Fund has made this possible. Newly built homes for five families will be the ultimate result of this partnership.”
CCF is still accepting donations to the DRF. As additional post event needs are identified, additional grants may be awarded. Checks may be sent to CCF at P.O. Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222, or via PayPal at the website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.