Dear Friends of the Foundation,
Yesterday, authorities relaxed the evacuation from the counties that could be at risk in the event of a spillway failure from a "mandatory evacuation" to an "evacuation warning." Still, this situation has caused one of the largest evacuations in California in several decades and new storms are expected on Thursday and Friday. Many residents remain concerned about their safety and for that reason are opting to remain in shelters, so emergency shelters will continue to be open and fully staffed to support those who choose to heed the "warning."
Donations from the public are still needed to help offset the cost of the extraordinary emergency response immediately following the evacuation and to support the shelters which remain open. As always, we appreciate your generosity and support!
Linda Beech Cutler
Chief Executive Officer
February 15, 2017
The purpose of this fund is to support immediate relief needs for evacuees impacted by the Oroville Spillway emergency. Donations will support on-the-ground relief such as shelter, bedding, food, clothing, supplies, transportation, or other needs that arise as a result of this unprecedented evacuation. Organizations that will be eligible for grants from this fund are first responders to the evacuation in the following counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Tehama, and Yolo. Your donation will go out immediately to help these organizations meet the urgent needs of evacuees.
One hundred percent of donated funds for the Oroville Spillway Disaster Relief will go directly to provide assistance to evacuees. The Foundation will take no fees from these gifts, but normal credit card fees will apply to gifts made online.
You can also donate directly to first responders like The American Red Cross Gold Country Region, The Salvation Army, and the Southern California Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Ministries, who are currently deploying people and supplies to provide immediate relief to the evacuees. The North Valley Community Foundation is also taking donations to support local frontline organizations.
For those seeking immediate shelter, please visit the Red Cross website for a list of open shelters.
For more information about this fund and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, please call (916) 921-7723.