Wildfires have been ravaging neighborhoods all across California this week due to strong winds and dry conditions.
As of October 12, 2017, CalFire reports more than 221,000 acres have burned and 3,500 structures have been destroyed, with many of these fires nowhere near containment.
By comparison, the Valley fire that swept through Northern California just two years ago burned more than 76,000 acres and destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings.
Through generous donations from our Kiwanis family, local clubs were able to apply for Disaster Assistance grants to help rebuild their communities following the fire.
Utilizing a $1,200 grant from the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Cloverdale was able to restock a school library library and learning center with non-text books, math manipulatives, art supplies and general school supplies.
Click here to learn how your generous giving helped the Cloverdale club rebuild following the Valley Fire.
Four days into battling the latest Northern California fires, Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said, “We are not out of this emergency. We’re not even close to being out of this emergency.”
And the weather forecast in the coming days isn’t expected to provide any relief. Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection stated, “Over much of the state, we’ll have critical dry humidity and windy conditions throughout the weekend. This means our fires are going to continue to burn erratically. They have the potential to shift in any direction at any time.”
More than 50 years ago, the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation was established following a natural disaster. While our focus has broadened through the years, our commitment to helping children and families remains at the core of our mission. But we can’t do it alone.
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation is accepting contributions to our Disaster Relief Fund which will be used to support families within our District as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives. Your generous support will go far in helping Kiwanis clubs to sponsor service projects that assist these families.
We ask that you consider making a contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate today.