Supporting Individuals And Families Affected By The Wildfires
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As firefighters struggle to contain the wildfires raging in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and beyond, many local safety net providers have been working around the clock to keep people safe while complying with health guidelines due to COVID-19.
For those of you looking to support individuals and families affected by the fires in our backyard, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a Fire Relief Fund. We also encourage you to support organizations directly, in particular, the work of Puente de la Costa Sur, Coastside Hope and ALAS supporting communities on the Coastside.
"Rita Mancera, the executive director of Puente, a social services organization helping evacuees, said people have been bringing their pigs, turkeys, goats, cows and horses to the school parking lot. Masked volunteers were handing out water, food and hand sanitizer. People waiting at the school have to sit outside or in their cars. Dealing with the evacuees during a pandemic was 'kind of overwhelming,' Ms. Mancera said. 'We’re asking people to be social distanced.'” (excerpt from the New York Times this week)
We are hearing from the ground in real time, and will know more about specific needs in days to come. Let us know if you would like us to keep you informed.
Hoping this message finds you and your loved ones safe, and many thanks for any support you can provide.
The Magnify Team