Editor’s note: Lake Almanor resident Susan Bryner helped organize relief efforts when Camp Fire victims relocated to the Almanor Basin following that devastating fire. She shares some helpful information here as Plumas County residents are impacted by the Dixie Fire.
The North Valley Community Foundation
The North Valley Community Foundation is accepting donations for Dixie Fire relief efforts and has already issued $30,000 in grants to help (including the Almanor Foundation). 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.
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.
Common Good Community Foundation Dixie Fire Matching Fund
The local charitable organization, the Common Good Community Foundation, has established a matching fund to assist all local communities impacted by the Dixie Fire. All donations to this fund will be matched up to a total of $10,000. All donations will be distributed to Plumas County agencies involved in directly assisting communities and individuals most affected by the fire. Donations are tax deductible (The Tax ID# is 46-0562482) and can be made via the foundation’s website at commongoodplumas.org or by mailing donations to: The Common Good Community Foundation, Dixie Fire Matching Fund, 364 Johnsville Road, Graeagle, CA 96103
The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund
The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, a sub fund the Almanor Foundation, provides emergency relief and support through grants to nonprofits and agencies primarily supporting Plumas County residents impacted by wildfires. Donations can be made directly on their site at http://almanorfoundation.com/donate
Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center has also set up a donation account at Plumas Bank for those who wish to contribute to the Dixie Fire Relief Fund. To do so, reach out to your branch of Plumas Bank and simply request to make a donation to the above mentioned fund.
Plumas Rural Services
Former Greenville resident Alicia King Marshall organized a Go Fund Me campaign to specifically benefit residents of Greenville who lost their homes to the fire. PRS is receiving and administering these donations, which will provide $500 per household in the form of a prepaid credit card. Applications may be downloaded from the agency’s website or filled out at PRS’s main office at 711 E. Main Street in Quincy.
Supporters looking to send donations to victims in addition to those covered by the GoFundMe campaign can send monetary donations to Plumas Rural Services, Attn: Dixie Fire Victims, 711 E. Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. All proceeds received by PRS via both methods will go directly to victims of the Dixie Fire. PRS is waiving all costs for financial management as well as directly covering the fees for preloading credit cards to distribute to victims.
CTA Disaster Relief Fund
The California Teachers Association has a disaster relief fund for educators who are members of CTA that have been impacted by the Dixie Fire. Here is the link: CTA Disaster Relief Fund (ctamemberbenefits.org). The fund provides financial assistance to CTA members who suffered significant losses.
Dixie Fire-Help Indian Valley Community
Miranda Hald and Michelle Clement are organizing this fundraiser. This GoFundMe opportunity can be accessed by clicking here.
California School Employee Association
California School Employee Association (CSEA) has an Emergency Assistance Program to benefit members and can be reached at: [email protected] or (866)487-2732
A local resident has organized a new Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116107174001749
This group is for members to share their links or those of other community members who have been impacted.
Holly Stangle has established an account for her mother and grandmother as their home was destroyed last week in Indian Falls. Holly said that it has been particularly difficult for her 93-year-old grandmother. Here is the link: https://gofund.me/3ecdabdb
Jeff and Jody Goodson have lived in Plumas County their entire lives. They have evacuated twice and their house was red flagged. They are currently staying in a one-bedroom apartment with their 2 sons, daughter, 2 grandchildren, 2 cats and a dog. Funds, food, and supplies are almost depleted. Tiffany Wagner established this account to help the family: https://gofund.me/c581afe6
Numerous GoFundMe accounts have been established for individual families, and other organizations are spearheading relief efforts. If anyone wants to have their information included in a list of Dixie Fire contribution accounts, please email [email protected]