California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Recovery Fund

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Recovery Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts. Since 2003, the fund has granted more than $30 million to support relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of devastating California wildfires.

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Recovery Fund received a grant from the Bain Capital Relief Fund in October 2021 as California was experiencing another devasting wildfire season. 42,000 people had been forced to evacuate as over 100 fires burned more than 3.4 million acres prompting the need for more than 21,000 fire fighters and support personnel to respond to the blazes. Grants from the Wildfire Recovery Fund have supported those who were displaced or lost housing, belongings and/or employment, or suffered physical or mental health problems; helped to rebuild homes; provided case management services, basic needs assistance, mental health services and financial assistance; upgraded 2-1-1 phone and information system; assisted California wildfire victims with follow-up medical care and supplies; provided in-home care providers, domestic workers, and day laborers with financial assistance, health and safety education; provided financial disaster aid, information on farmworker labor laws, immigration services, and immigrant rights support to low-wage immigrant or mixed status families; and provided firefighters with updated safety equipment.

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