Apr 10, 2019
United Way of the Wine Country is distributing funds donated through its Sonoma County Flood Recovery & Wellness Fund to local nonprofit agencies.
Santa Rosa, Calif., April 9, 2019 – United Way of the Wine Country has begun distribution of funds donated to its Sonoma County Flood Recovery and Wellness Fund. This week, funds will be directed to nonprofit agencies who will directly help individuals and families affected by the floods that devastated areas along the lower Russian River in February 2019.
Nonprofit recipients include West County Community Services, Community Action Partnership (CAP) Sonoma County, and NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster. West County Community Services plans to distribute transportation and taxi vouchers, repair and enhance its Empowerment Center, and provide additional help for community members affected. CAP will help with one-time grants or gift cards for individuals and households affected by the flooding with priority to highly vulnerable populations, including those facing eviction due to non-payment of rent resulting from job loss as a result of the flood; the elderly, disabled, and families with children; and individuals and families with low incomes.
Tim Miller, Executive Director of West County Community Services, says, "Immediately following the Russian River floods, one of the first agencies on the ground to assess local needs was United Way of the Wine Country. As an Executive Director of a Russian River nonprofit organization, I was able to meet with United Way senior leadership and together, map out some of the first steps in local recovery: housing, transportation, and mental health.”
United Way opened the fund in the days following the flood and received donations from individuals, foundations/funds, and businesses. Donations to the fund included a $50,000 gift from Sonoma County Vintners Foundation which was utilized as a match to obtain additional donations. United Way estimates the fund will distribute just under $118,000 to area nonprofits.
“In the immediate days following the flood, United Way was in contact with trusted nonprofit agencies along the Russian River who we knew could quickly and efficiently assess the needs of our neighbors whose lives were changed by this disaster“ said Lisa G. Carreño, President and CEO of United Way of the Wine Country. She continued, “We felt confident we could help the community best by leveraging our fundraising connections with caring donors located not only in Sonoma County but also in other California communities and beyond.”
Miller added, “This funding will make a real and immediate difference. We deeply appreciate their creativity and partnership."
United Way of the Wine Country mobilizes the caring power of our community through leadership, community engagement and effective investment. For over 50 years, United Way has been dedicated to improving lives locally through lasting solutions for residents in addition to serving as a vital link for nonprofit organizations, businesses and government leaders in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. United Way advances the common good by focusing on what matters most in education, financial stability, and health, through fund raising, advocacy, and increasing volunteerism. For more information, visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org.
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