This page will house updates and information about supporting our UC ANR “family” whenever there are disasters.
- Alexandra Falk, community education specialist III for UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, lost her home in Paradise. We are thankful that she was able to evacuate safely. If you would like to support Alex in her efforts to overcome the challenges of being displaced and securing new housing, you can do so by donating a gift card to her for the following places: Walmart, Target, or Bed Bath & Beyond. Gift cards can be sent to the address below: UCCE Sutter-Yuba Attn: Alex Falk. 142A Garden Highway Yuba City, CA 95991
- John Klepps, UCCE Butte Staff Research Assistant with the Bee Informed Partnership and his family have lost their home in Paradise. If you would like to support John, his wife, and three children in their efforts to overcome the challenges of being displaced and securing new housing, you can do so by clicking their Go Fund Me Link - Klepps. If you would like to send a gift card, it can be sent to UCCE Butte County Attn: John Klepps. 2279-B Del Oro Avenue Oroville, CA 95965
- Sonia Rodriguez, EFNEP educator, is currently housing four families, along with their pets, who have lost their homes in Paradise and Magalia. These families are in need of healthy food, storage containers, clothing, etc. Gift cards to Safeway, PetSmart, Walmart, Target, Winco, etc. would be a great help. Gift cards can be sent to the address below: UCCE Butte County Attn: Sonia Rodriguez. 2279-B Del Oro Avenue Oroville, CA 95965
- UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program Supervisor for the Butte Cluster Suzie Lawry-Hall's mother and father-in-law have lost their home in Paradise. They are currently living with Suzie and her family in Chico and looking for new housing arrangements. A Go Fund Me Link has been set up for them by their son.
- UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program has worked very closely with Paradise Elementary School teachers, students and their families for many years. We are devastated to see that it has been completely reduced to rubble and ash and our hearts go out to the students and their families. Our UC CalFresh Nutrition Education team is planning to meet on Monday, Nov. 26, to discuss how we can collectively respond to the needs of both the program and the community. After that meeting, we may have more suggestions on how we can support the community of Paradise and the students and their families who have experienced such a tremendous loss. In the meantime, please consider donating to the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund.
- UCCE Glenn County Advisor Dani Lightle’s mother-in-law lost her home in Paradise, and is currently living with Dani and her family. As she is disabled, Dani and family will be modifying and constructing on their property to ensure her needs are met. Gift cards to Home Depot or Lowe’s would be greatly appreciated, and can be sent to the address below:UCCE Glenn County: Attn Dani Lightle. P.O. Box 697 Orland, CA 95963
- UCCE Plumas-Sierra-Butte Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Tracy Schohr has been working with Cattlemen and the Butte County Farm Bureau to establish to establish a fund to support the Camp Fire large animal evacuation center at the Butte County Fairgrounds and livestock that are sheltering in place. These funds are being used for feed, supplies, and health needs of the animals. Donations to support this cause can be made to the Butte Agricultural Foundation Camp Fire Animal Agriculture Assistance Fund.
- UCCE Butte 4-H community education specialist Ryan Cleland has been working with our area 4-H, FFA, and Grange communities to guide volunteerism and assist in establishing a fund for those families who have lost their homes in the Camp Fire. All donations collected will be distributed evenly among the 4-H, FFA, and Grange families who lost homes. Donations to support this cause can be made through the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation – Camp Fire Relief Efforts (select: “Agricultural Efforts” from the list of Camp Fire Support Options).
- UCCE Sutter-Yuba office manager Michele Searcy's father has lost his home in Paradise and is currently living with Michele and her Family. UCCE Butte County Advisor Emily Symmes’ father and step-mother lost their home in Paradise. In lieu of donations to these families, please consider donating to others listed above or any fire relief funds of your choice.
- Some suggestions in addition to those already listed above include:
- The North Valley Community Foundation Northern California Fire Relief Fund
- Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation – Camp Fire Relief Efforts (contains a number of worthy donation options established by members of our local community)
- Tri Counties Bank Camp Fire Fund 2018 (donations directed to the United Way of Northern California, The Salvation Army, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services)
- United Way NorCal Disaster Relief Fund
For more information on how to help those affected by destructive wildfires, please see the links below: