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/guidance on the best way to help, please read this letter to prospective donors.
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
Below, you can make a payment to a school district of your choice via the Sonoma County Office of Education. If you're unsure where to donate, you can look up school districts at the SCOE directory. Please note that if you list a specific school rather than district, the money will still be routed to the district to use as it sees fit.
About the Sonoma County School Support Fund
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. Donors can either specify a specific district or use (textbooks, backpacks, etc.) for the funds or make an open donation. SCOE will allocate these donations in late November/early December of this year and again in March of 2018. Additional allocations will be made on a quarterly basis if donations continue to come in.
SCOE will allocate "open" donations to school districts in an amount proportional to the number of students that lost homes within those districts. School districts will have discretion to spend this money as they see fit once they receive it.
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.