United Way of the Wine Country has been dedicated to improving lives locally for 50 years. Everyone deserves a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. To create lasting change, United Way focuses on solving the underlying causes of common problems related to education, income and health. We are committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for our entire community.
Many of you have been asking about additional funds for fire survivors. A second round of funding will be handled directly by Redwood Credit Union. United Way was brought in for the first round of funding to review and process applications and checks. The deadline for these applications has passed.
To date, United Way has distributed $4.3 million to more than 5,000 households impacted by the wildfires. As we process the final applications we received, we expect that number to increase to close to 6,000 households and $5 million by the end of December.
Redwood Credit Union will be using the recipient list from the first round of funding to mail out the second round of funding. If you have any questions about the criteria, process, timing or your mailing address has changed, please contact Redwood Credit Union at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this funding has provided some relief to you in this difficult time. We stand united with you and everyone in the affected regions as we begin the process of rebuilding our lives, homes, businesses, and communities. As time passes, we hope you will consider giving, advocating or volunteering with United Way of the Wine Country to support the education, financial stability and health of our community .
The Board and Staff of United Way of the Wine Country
United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) has re-opened the Emergency Relief Fund in response to the numerous devastating wildfires in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. Funding will be divided between counties based on need and donor intent. In 2015, UWWC worked with other area organizations in response to the Valley Fire in Lake County. In 2017, the fund was reopened for those impacted by fires in Northern California/Wine Country. Donations were received from individuals and organizations not only locally but also from donors throughout the world. The fund was increased to help even more community members when Senator Mike McGuire, Redwood Credit Union, and Press Democrat provided funds from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. The “Wildfire Relief Fund” is part of our Emergency Relief Fund and seeks to assist those facing hardship by providing direct monetary aid to families and individuals who have suffered loss as a result of the fires.
United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) reabrió el Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia en respuesta a los numerosos y devastadores incendios en los condados de Sonoma, Mendocino y Lake. Se recibieron donaciones de individuos y organizaciones no solo a nivel local sino también de donantes de todo el mundo. El fondo se incrementó para ayudar a aún más miembros de la comunidad cuando el Senador Mike McGuire, Redwood Credit Union y Press Democrat proporcionaron fondos del Fondo de Ayuda de Incendios del Norte de la Bahía.
Relief will be disbursed in the form of cash grants after family and individual relief assistance applications are reviewed and approved by a volunteer committee. Families/individuals determined by the volunteer review committee to have the greatest need will be given highest priority in the application review process. Relief grants are intended to meet immediate needs such as: clothing, shelter, transportation, food, and home cleanup/repair. Grants will be given to applicants based on available relief funds. The majority of funding is reserved for those who lost their home.
El socorro se desembolsará en forma de subvenciones en efectivo después de que un comité de voluntarios revise y apruebe las solicitudes de asistencia de socorro familiar e individual. Las familias/individuos determinados por el comité de revisión de voluntarios que tengan mayor necesidad recibirán la más alta prioridad en el proceso de revisión de la solicitud. La mayoría de los fondos se destinarán a aquellos que perdieron sus hogares (inquilinos y propietarios). Las subvenciones de socorro están destinadas a satisfacer necesidades inmediatas, tales como: ropa, refugio, transporte, alimentos y limpieza/reparación del hogar. Las subvenciones se otorgarán a los solicitantes en función de los fondos de ayuda disponibles.
Any resident of Sonoma County who as a result of the 2017 wildfires was:
North Coast Opportunities will disperse funding for fire relief assistance in Mendocino and Lake Counties. To find out how you can apply for fire relief assistance in those counties, please call 707-467-3200 or visit the Wildfire Relief Assistance page.
For Napa County, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is coordinating fund applications and disbursements. Applications are available on their website here and for pick-up at their Napa office: 433 Soscol Avenue, A-100, Napa, 94559. Call 707.252.6222 for additional information, or drop in Monday through Friday from 8am – 4pm. Applications are also available at the Napa Local Assistance Center (LAC): Napa County Health and Human Services Building A, Conference Center, 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa (open through November 30, Monday – Friday 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm).
Cualquier residente de Sonoma que, como resultado de los incendios del 2017, haya sido desplazado de su hogar, haya sufrido una pérdida en su hogar o haya sufrido una dificultad financiera debido al incendio (es decir, pérdida de ingresos/empleo, vehículo, etc.) es elegible para aplicar, aunque la mayoría de los fondos están destinados a aquellos que perdieron sus hogares. Las solicitudes están disponibles en inglés y español en www.unitedwaywinecountry.org o en las oficinas de United Way en el 975 Corporate Center Pkwy., Ste. 160, en Santa Rosa.
United Way of the Wine Country is no longer accepting applications for Wildfire Relief. The eeadline to submit an application for Wildfire Relief was November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Redwood Credit Union will be using the recipient list from the first round of funding to mail out the second round of funding. If you have any questions about the criteria, process, timing or your mailing address has changed, please contact Redwood Credit Union at email@example.com.
Please contact Nicollette Weinzveg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 528-4485 ext. 141. After business hours calls will be returned within 24 hours for messages left Monday – Friday.
You can donate to the UWWC Fire Relief Fund and help those in need. Click here to donate to the relief fund*. For more information, please contact Rusty Smith at email@example.com or (707) 528-4485 ext. 112.
*If you wish to designate your gift for the relief fund, please contact Rusty after making your gift to let him know of your intention. Otherwise, your gift will be directed to United Way’s community fund.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the North Bay Fire Relief Fund here.
See testimonials from community members who received financial assistance from our Fire Relief Fund here.