For decades, Plumas Bank has witnessed the impact of communities binding together in times of strife to help rebuild neighborhoods, uplift economies and unite individuals, which is why the bank, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, established a Dixie Fire Fund to provide disaster relief and long-term revitalization for communities affected by California’s largest wildfire in history. The fire began in mid-July, burning nearly 964,000 acres across five counties. It has destroyed more than 1,300 structures and damaged nearly 100 more. The fire is at 94 percent containment.
The Dixie Fire Fund launched in August and has raised more than $95,000 so far. To spur additional donations to the fund and inspire others to help Northeastern California communities affected by the fire, Plumas Bank is committing $50,000 to the fund.
“The devastation caused by The Dixie Fire hit close to home, as many of our bank branches serve community members and businesses that resided in direct path of the fire,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer, BJ North. “Plumas Bank was founded in Quincy and our teams and clients faced destruction of their homes, their businesses and their way of life. Now that the fire is nearly contained, the work to rebuild our communities is just beginning.”
Andrew Ryback, Plumas Bank President and CEO, added, “Our contribution will help the fund make a meaningful impact toward the long-term recovery of areas devastated by the fire. This is one of the many ways we’re giving back to strengthen and revitalize the communities that are the foundation of Plumas Bank.” While Plumas Bank branch locations extend from Northeastern California to Northern Nevada, their call for donations is nationwide.
An advisory committee has been formed that includes representatives of the counties directly impacted by the fire and the bank is collaborating with other funders to coordinate disaster relief efforts leading to the long-term sustainability of the communities in need. Residents in affected areas will be able to apply to The Community Foundation for emergency hardship grants from the Dixie Fire Fund and monies will be disbursed directly to businesses and organizations, including local not-for-profits.
“Our Community Foundation has been working with donors and awarding grants and scholarships in Northeastern California over the past two decades,” said Chris Askin, president & CEO of the Foundation. “We are gratified to help channel the generous outpouring of gifts made by donors throughout the region to help those in need.”
Donations to the Dixie Fire Fund are accepted via credit card, check or by visiting a Plumas Bank branch. To make a donation online by credit card, visit NevadaFund.org/donate/dixie-fire-fund. Checks can be made payable to the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, mailed to 50 Washington Street, Suite 300, Reno, NV 89503. Checks must have Dixie Fire Fund noted in the memo line. Plumas Bank locations are listed on its website at www.plumasbank.com.