2020 has been an unprecedented year in so many ways, from the global pandemic to the worst wildfire season in California history. Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom are hosting the 89th Annual California State Capitol Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony and partnering with the California Fire Foundation to support the many Californians who have been impacted by disaster this year. The California Fire Foundation Disaster Relief programs aid victims, firefighters, and communities that are affected by natural disaster providing both immediate assistance and long-term recovery.
As California and the world wrestled with the COVID-19 outbreak, the California Fire Foundation stepped forward to help communities severely impacted by the pandemic through community-based organizations that are on the front lines helping those facing the greatest risk from COVID-19. Over $300,000 in aid has been provided to support those facing the greatest risk from COVID-19 as part of an ongoing commitment.
The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to those who have lost their homes as a result of fire and other natural disasters throughout California. Frontline firefighters can provide SAVE gift cards, valued at $250, directly into the hands of fire and natural disaster victims. With a SAVE card in hand, victims of disaster can purchase basic necessities including food, clothing, medicine or temporary shelter. Over 60,000 victims of disaster have been impacted since the start of the program, with over $400,000 in direct financial aid provided in 2020.
Following the unprecedented devastation of many catastrophic wildfires in recent years, the California Fire Foundation saw the need to provide ongoing, long-term support to the communities affected by disaster. While an immediate influx of funding may flood into communities in the days and weeks following the disaster, the recovery efforts take years to be completed. By working with organizations that are on the ground in impacted areas we provide a continued line of support to the Californians who are still living with the impacts of devastating wildfires.
When catastrophic wildfires or natural disasters strike, many of our firefighters remain on the front lines, even as their own homes are lost. The California Firefighters Benevolent Fund provides assistance and support to firefighters who are displaced or impacted by fire or natural disaster.
As we move into the holiday season, we are still reeling from this historic wildfire season and the season may not be over yet. The California Fire Foundation is committed to helping those in need during record-breaking fire seasons, the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Join us in supporting communities that have been impacted by donating below.