Butte Fire Disaster Relief Fund Summary
As of April 12, 2016 (See updated figures & notes below in red)
In early September 2015, the Butte Fire started in Amador County and quickly spread to Calaveras County. The devastation to families, homes, animals and the landscape is almost beyond comprehension. News reports state that well over 500 homes were lost in Calaveras County. More than 350 other structures, outbuildings, barns, sheds, etc. were destroyed.
Early on, Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF), established the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) as a central place for donations designed to benefit those affected by the severity of this horrendous fire. The overwhelming positive response was and continues to be beyond our expectations.
To date, over $500,000 has been donated.
The CCF Board of Directors has chosen to use the donations to strategically help fire victims in ways that Federal agencies, state and county governments, insurance companies and others are not and cannot. Under IRS rules that relate to Foundations, grants/gifts cannot be given directly to individuals. CCF must work through other non-profit groups who have projects in place to benefit the victims with food, housing, clothing and many, many other essentials.
As of this time, CCF has issued grants to the following: Mountain Ranch Relief Fund, a collaborative effort by several organizations to provide assistance to Butte Fire victims; Calaveras Grown for erosion control and water system repair; Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue District to replace street names and addresses (on private property) which were destroyed by the fire.
Grants also went to Common Ground Senior Services for seniors who have had fire damage; Friends of the Rail Road Flat School to assist families impacted by the fire for general relief and for extensive garden fencing; Calaveras Humane Society – Butte Fire Vet Assistance Fund to aid animals injured in the fire and Calaveras County Association of Realtors Charity to fund personal storage sheds and well repairs and water, power and sewage needs.
Projects also funded were: The Resource Connection for fire related temporary storage and staffing needs; the Salvation Army – Calaveras County Unit for general relief efforts for families affected by the fire; Habitat for Humanity- Calaveras to repair homes damaged in the fire; and Friends of Calaveras Animal Services for animal food and supply storage sheds. The Calaveras Arts Council’s “Pieces Memorial Wall” was partially funded.
The total grants awarded to date exceed $266,390.
CCF is continuing to accept donations to the Disaster Relief Fund. It has become clear that recovery from this horrendous disaster will take years. Needs surfacing now are quite different from the need for food and clothing early on. The Foundation considers this as a long-term project that will become an ongoing part of the Foundation’s programs. Additional grants will be awarded in the future.
Checks can be sent by mail to CCF – Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Credit card donations can be made via PayPal at the CCF website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org. Please note on the PayPal sheet that your donation is to be used for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF).
CCF is not able to accept donations for good and services. We suggest you contact the Crisis Center, Resource Connection at (209) 754-1300.