Sonoma County Schools Fire Relief
Audio: A Thank You Message to Educators After the Fire | November 2017
In this audio message recorded for radio, Dr. Herrington acknowledges the devastation of the North Bay Firestorm on the community and thanks educators for their dedicated efforts to serve students despite personal hardship.
Thank you for your interest in helping our many schools and families that have been impacted by the devastating and unprecedented fires that swept through Sonoma County in October 2017. Two public schools burned and one working school farm site was destroyed. Tragically, nearly 250 public school employees and close to 1,500 children lost homes. To assist districts with the overwhelming tasks of rebuilding schools and providing a safe and healing space for children, SCOE is coordinating donations and support to local schools. For more information on SCOE Fire Relief Efforts, click here.
If you are a member of the community needing help, the county has opened a one-stop-shop assistance center in Santa Rosa. Learn about the Local Assistance Center here.
Monetary Donations Through SCOE
The Sonoma County Office of Education created the School Fire Relief Fund to provide a one-stop location where individuals or organizations could provide support directly to school districts in Sonoma County. Thank you to the many donors who generously supported Sonoma County Schools through the SCOE Fire Relief Fund after the fires. Together, you donated close to $50,000 to directly benefit students in Sonoma County. The funds have been allocated to Sonoma County School Districts based on the number of students they serve who were affected by the fire. The PayPal donation feature is now closed. If you are a donor who would like to support Sonoma County schools, there is still great need in our community—particularly in regard to student mental health support. If you have questions about the best way to donate, please contact SCOE Communications Specialist Jamie Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other options for monetary donations
If you want to donate directly to nonprofits, here are some other good options:
School Staff Relief Funds
The California Teachers Association Disaster Relief Fund provides grants to members who been affected by catastrophic events. Donate here: http://www.ctamemberbenefits.org/drf
The SEIU provides relief to members. Members can apply at this link: http://www.seiu1021.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/74/files/2017/10/Guidelines-Application-Disaster-Relief-Fund.pdf
The California School Employees Association (CSEA) also provides support to members, who can visit csea.com/bjork. They will need to log in. They can also call CSEA’s Labor Relations Representative, Leslie Perry at (707) 583-5531.
Due to an outpouring of support, we are currently at capacity for storing donated supplies. If we are able to accept additional donations at a later date, this page will be updated.