Plumas crisis center receives boost from United Way

The Board of Directors of United Way of Northern California (UWNC) has approved distribution of grants totaling $337,500 to 30 nonprofit agencies providing direct assistance to survivors of 2018’s deadly Carr and Camp fires.

Included in these offerings are two grants to Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center: $10,000 for emergency motel sheltering, food, clothing, hygiene supplies, blankets and counseling, and cash cards totaling $2,500.

Twenty-one agencies will receive Community Impact Grants totaling $250,000, said Larry Olmstead, President & CEO of UWNC. Thirteen agencies will receive cash cards totaling $87,500 that can be distributed directly to survivors or used to offset the cost of goods, supplies and client services. Four agencies are receiving both a direct grant and cash cards.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, we are very pleased to support agencies throughout our region that have stayed with it, and are doing amazing work caring for our neighbors who were affected by these disasters,” Olmstead said.

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Olmstead added, “These grants underscore the fact that this recovery work continues, and will be going on for some time. It’s easy to think that we’ve gotten past the crises, but we haven’t. Our nonprofits will be looking to the community for continued prayers, volunteer support and dollars.”

The Camp Fire occurred last Nov. 8 in Butte County and stands as the state’s largest wildfire disaster, with 85 people killed and more than 14,000 residential structures destroyed.

The Carr Fire had broken out the previous July near Redding in Shasta County, destroying about 1,200 homes and killing eight people. With today’s grant announcement, UWNC has distributed more than $5.7 million in wildfire relief connected with the two fires.

“We will continue to provide assistance for as long as the recovery takes,” Olmstead said.

United Way of Northern California was established in Redding in 1953 and serves nine counties: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. Its mission is to fight for the education, income and health of all residents in the community, and to assist individuals and the community during times of crisis.

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UWNC raises funds for nonprofit agencies and operates two 24/7 human services helplines: 2-1-1 Shasta and 2-1-1 Tehama, collectively known as 2-1-1 NorCal.

For more information about United Way of Northern California, visit www.norcalunitedway.org.