Even as the Kincade Fire still burns, Rotarians are reaching out to help. The 47 Rotary clubs of Rotary District 5130—with clubs in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties—are coming together to facilitate club, member and community donations to help the victims of fires that continue to devastate Sonoma County. With tens of thousands of people coping with the aftermath of mandatory evacuations and evacuation warnings, hundreds of buildings destroyed and hundreds more threatened, and almost 80,000 acres burned by fires that are still not completely contained, the need is real and immediate, according to Rotary District 5130 District Governor Kathy Flamson. “Rotary District 5130 is dedicated to helping people and communities in need. As our families and friends return home after the Kincade Fire, our first thoughts are with their recovery and bringing normalcy back to their lives. We can do this with your help.”
Rotarians have a history of coming together to help those displaced and damaged by Northern California fires. More than $1million was raised and distributed by Rotarians to support communities devastated by the Lake County Valley Fire in 2015 and the Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties’ 2017 Tubbs Fire, according to Flamson.
Now District 5130 Rotary clubs have organized a collective effort to help those hurt by the Kincade Fire by joining together to encourage their members and the District 5130 communities to contribute to this effort.
In a joint statement, Rotary presidents said, “We all have personal, business and professional ties to the people and places that have been damaged and endangered by these fires. We are a connected community in District 5130. We want to help; we can help, and we are committed to helping.”
To make cash, credit card, PayPal, or check donations, contributors are advised go to the Rotary District 5130 website: rotary5130.org. Contributions are tax deductible.