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North Valley Community Foundation stepping in to help Dixie Fire relief efforts

The North Valley Community Foundation is accepting donations for Dixie Fire relief efforts and has already issued $30,000 in grants to help.

Drawing on its experience of relief and recovery work after the Camp Fire in 2018 and the North Complex Fire in 2020, NVCF has quickly deployed donations from its Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund to help with Dixie Fire response.

“The utter devastation brought on by wildfires is heartbreaking,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, NVCF president and CEO. “The way we meet heartache at NVCF is through actively supporting the evacuees, survivors and the myriad organizations that are on the front lines of support. After going through the Camp Fire there was no way we were going to let our neighbors in Plumas County and surrounding communities go through this alone. We are here. We are deploying financial resources daily. And, we aren’t going anywhere until the fire is out and the healing has come.”

NVCF has issued $5,000 grants to the Tiny Pine Foundation and Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, both of which are helping evacuees with basic necessities such as food, shelter and personal items. Two $10,000 grants have been awarded. One was to American Red Cross, which is operating evacuation shelters in Plumas and Lassen counties. The other was for the Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports residents impacted by the fire.

Since 2018, NVCF has awarded more than $45 million in grants for Camp Fire relief and recovery, more than $3 million for COVID-19 response and more than $750,000 in grants for the North Complex Fire.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to NVCF’s Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund at www.nvcf.org/funds/Wildfire-Relief-and-Recovery-Fund. The Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund is separate from Camp Fire recovery funds.

Nonprofit organizations that are helping with emergency response can apply for grants. Learn more about the Dixie Fire Grant Program guidelines and apply at www.nvcf.org/dixie-fire-grant-program.

NVCF also allows organizations and community members to open up charitable funds. There were dozens of such funds after the Camp Fire, and the Plumas County Office of Education has already opened a charitable fund at NVCF in response to the Dixie Fire.

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