November 16, 2018
Sierra Health Foundation announced funding for four organizations that are providing critical emergency fire relief services to those affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County. The organizations are California Vocations, Inc., Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County, The Salvation Army and United Way of Northern California. All four organizations are expanding their current services to include emergency or recovery fire relief services in affected communities. Funding from the foundation totals $40,000 to the four organizations.
“These community organizations are supporting families and individuals impacted by one of the most destructive fires in the state’s history, including services for vulnerable populations such as those with special needs or limited English language skills, as well as seniors and young children,” said Chet P. Hewitt, Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO. “They are doing everything possible to improve the emotional and physical well-being of families and individuals during this very difficult time.”
“The support has been incredible but the need is so great,” said Bob Irvine, Executive Director of California Vocations, Inc. “Many of our employees left their cars and homes behind to burn so they could save our clients. And they did – all 70 of them. But now they have no transportation and no home, but they have hope.”
“We want to thank Sierra Health Foundation for this generous donation to the Camp Fire relief efforts,” said Major Ivan Wild, Salvation Army Del Oro Division Divisional Commander. “So many families and individuals have been affected by the fires, and these funds will go a long way to give people some hope and a chance to rebuild in Butte County.”
“Once again, Sierra Health Foundation shows its commitment to helping our California communities,” said Larry Olmstead, President and CEO of United Way of California. “The needs growing out of this tragic event are quite real, and the Foundation is stepping up to the challenge. United Way is extremely grateful and appreciative that the Foundation is supporting our agency and the greater North State during this time of crisis.”
Each of these nonprofits provides valuable resources to their communities. Following are the urgent services they now are offering:
California Vocations, Inc. is developing a fund for rental deposit/hotel costs/furniture for employees and clients to rebuild. Most are now homeless.
Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County is providing masks for the 1,000-2,000 seniors and young children they serve. They also are providing public service announcements in Hmong about how to deal with the smoke.
The Salvation Army is supporting the Butte County area with food assistance and emotional and spiritual care for those affected by the fire.
United Way of Northern California is establishing the NorCal Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of the fire.