Community Foundations’ Fire Response

Community Foundations’ Fire Relief Funds Support Neighbors Helping Neighbors

In the aftermath of our region’s disastrous fires, the immediate demands of shelter, food, cash, and other basic needs are urgent, while the recovery and rebuilding process for individuals and communities impacted will also include longer-term economic, health, and social supports.

MBEP member organizations Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and Community Foundation for Monterey County established fire response funds to support the efforts of nonprofits working to address those complex needs. Both organizations are helping community members direct resources to where they can have significant impacts.

In Santa Cruz County, grants are helping local organizations in supplying N95 masks to farmworkers due to poor air quality, supporting the coordination of shelter workers, purchasing shelf-stable foods for fire evacuees, and supporting nonprofits that help fire victims with services ranging from shelter, long-term housing, economic and rental assistance, legal services, education, healthcare, and more. Help Santa Cruz County recover and rebuild from the CZU August Lightning Complex fires through the Community Foundation Santa Cruz Fire Response Fund.

The Community Foundation for Monterey County created the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund to assist communities affected by the River, Carmel and Dolan fires as well as future fires that may occur. Donations to the fund will support both immediate relief and recovery efforts.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, Community Association of Big Sur, Carmel Valley Kiwanis Foundation and the Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps are among the organizations that have received grants to provide direct financial support for evacuees in the form of food, housing and immediate needs.
Two other funds have been established to respond to specific fires:

  • Carmel Fire (Carmel Valley): Community Fund for Carmel Valley will deploy funds to the Cachagua and Carmel Valley-impacted areas.
  • Dolan Fire (Big Sur): The Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund, part of the Weston Call Fund for Big Sur, was created for the purpose of disaster relief specifically for the Big Sur area.