Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund was created by RCU Community Fund, Inc. (RCUCF) in partnership with Redwood Credit Union (RCU), The Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, to support victims and relief efforts of the devastating 2017 North Bay fires. Following is important information about fund disbursements--if you're looking for information on how to apply for support, please click here.

RCU is paying for all administrative and transactional costs, so 100% of donations are supporting fire victims. Please check back as we regularly update this information as additional disbursements are made.

Who/what will the donations fund?

The North Bay Fire Relief fund supports the immediate needs of community members most impacted by the North Bay fires, including:

  • Fire victims in the four counties affected — Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake — who have lost homes or are experiencing economic hardship due to lost or interrupted employment as a result of the fires.
  • First responders who lost homes while fighting fires and protecting our communities.
  • Kids and schools (public and private) in the four counties impacted by the fires.
  • Small businesses who lost their business or were impacted by the fires

Who is making fund distribution decisions?

Representatives from RCU Community Fund, Redwood Credit Union, Senator Mike McGuire and The Press Democrat are allocating funds based on the greatest immediate needs of the fire victims, with vital information from key leaders in this disaster, including the Office of Emergency Services (OES), Cal Fire, local authorities (Sheriff and Police), area Supervisors, Office of Education and Superintendents of schools, nonprofits and community leaders.

Where are the funds going/Who is receiving funds?

The generous contributions of thousands of donors to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund have supported the immediate needs of fire victims and the community in the following ways:

$230,000 to support:

  • First responders: Funds have been provided to 92 first responders who lost homes while fighting fires and protecting our community in the four affected counties.

$525,000 to support:

  • Urgent food needs of fire victims: Support has been provided through Redwood Empire Food Bank (serving Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties) and Community Action Napa Valley (CANV).
  • Immediate/short and midterm housing for fire victims: Support has been provided through Petaluma People Services and Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa.

Over $1.27 million to support students who lost homes:

  • $1,087,000 for K-12 Students: $500 gift cards have been/are being provided to students who lost homes in the four affected counties for school clothes and supplies. The Office of Education has/is providing the cards to schools to distribute to students. So far 1,864 students have/will receive support.
  • $120,250 for College Students: Funds have been provided to support college students who lost homes in the four affected counties.

$7 million to support:

  • People who lost homes: We’ve partnered with several nonprofits in the four impacted counties to help with fund applications and check disbursement (RCU is paying all administrative costs, so 100% of donations are supporting fire victims):
    • SONOMA COUNTY: United Way of the Wine Country and La Luz Center
    • NAPA COUNTY: Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)
    • MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES: North Coast Opportunities

$1 million to support:

  • Small businesses in impacted counties (Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino & Lake) whose business were impacted by the fires. Funds are to support the re-establishment of business operations, including store front, agricultural and home businesses.  We’ve partnered with LARCA (Lake Area Rotary Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) to help with fund application and check disbursements (RCU is paying administrative costs—100% of donations are going to fire victims and businesses). 

$3.28 million to support:

  • People experiencing economic hardship due to interrupted/lost employment as a result of the fires are receiving support.  We’ve partnered with several nonprofits to help with fund applications and check disbursements (RCU is paying administrative costs—100% of donations are supporting fire victims):  
    • United Way of the Wine Country              
    • Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership        
    • Community Action Partnership
    • La Luz Center
    • UndocuFund
    • North Coast Opportunities  
    • California Human Development

$374,791 to support:

  • Community Well-Being
    • Holidays for Fire Victims: For families and individuals who lost their homes in the fires.
    • Rincon Valley Little League: Funds to replace equipment burned in the fires—impacting 840 kids.

Total funds distributed/committed to date: $13,617,041

Please check back regularly, as we will be providing updates as new distributions are finalized.

Thank you for your generous support of our North Bay neighbors in need!

RCUCF is s 501c3 nonprofit organization - Tax ID #47-5084832.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  

updated 11/20/17 at 2 pm