Aug 20, 2019
Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and United Way of Wine Country (UWWC) are pleased to announce their new partnership in the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program. The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program is supporting the long-term rebuild of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With this partnership, the program will fund up to $400,000 in grants that fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience.
The RiseUp Community Grants program was launched by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in Spring of 2019 to provide support for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. To date, through Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, the RiseUp Grant program has awarded $62,500 to the following grantees, recognized for their work and the positive impact they make in their communities.
• University of California Cooperative Extension Sonoma County
• The LIME Foundation
• News of the North Bay
• The Office of Resiliency and Recovery, Sonoma County
• Glen Ellen Forum
• Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority
• Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
• North Bay Construction Corps
• Wolf Creek Firewise Community
Elizabeth Gore, Volunteer President of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, “We are Nor Cal strong. In post-disaster areas, there is a need to provide funds for community groups to function and provide support for the long-term recovery of our region. As we approach the 2nd anniversary of our fires, it is critical to ensure that every organization is supported until the day all of our families and small businesses are home.”
Lisa Carreno, President & CEO of UWWC, Board of Directors RNBF, “United Way of Wine Country and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation are constantly seeking opportunities to support resiliency, equity, and recovery. This partnership is an example of the importance of the ongoing collaboration between organizations to solve our post-disaster challenges.
We are better together working in partnership.”
RiseUp Community Impact Grants allow for unmet needs and gaps to be filled in areas often overlooked. To guide us through this process, we have created a new grant approval committee, led by Judy Coffey, that is as diverse as our communities, including the critical voices of fire survivors. In addition to staff members from both UWWC and RNBF, the grants committee is as follows:
▪ Judy Coffey, RN, (Ret.) Sonoma Marin Area Manager of Kaiser Permanente, RNBF Board of Directors, UWWC Board of Directors
▪ Reno Franklin, Chairman Emeritus, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, RNBF Board of Directors Community members:
▪ Keith Woods, CEO of North Coast Builders Exchange
▪ Marcos Suarez, Program Manager for Sonoma County Economic Development Board
In post-disaster areas, there is a need to provide funds for community groups to function and provide support. Rebuild NorthBay Foundation and United way of Wine Country are committed to supporting fire affected communities and maximizing the impact of donations.
To learn more about the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program, please visit Rebuild NorthBay Foundation’s RiseUp Community Impact Grants webpage at https://rebuildnorthbay.org/community-grants. You can make a meaningful impact for those who are committed to recovering, rebuilding, and reimagining the north bay. Please share the word for those in need to apply.
Rebuild Northbay Foundation was born out of the devastating fire disaster that started in October 2017 and represents Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties. The foundation is led by business, community, health, education, and environmental leaders brought together to rebuild back better, safer, greener and faster. We are committed to the long term rebuilding of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community through advocacy, coordination, and economic development. For more information, visit www.rebuildnorthbay.org.
United Way of the Wine Country mobilizes the caring power of our community through leadership, community engagement and effective investment. For over 50 years, United Way has been dedicated to improving lives locally through lasting solutions for residents in addition to serving as a vital link for nonprofit organizations, businesses and government leaders in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. United Way advances the common good by focusing on what matters most in education, financial stability, and health, through fund raising, advocacy, and increasing volunteerism. For more information, visit www.unitedwaywinecountry.org.
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