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Apr 6, 2019

Historic wildfires led to an outpouring of support

Photo from North Valley Community Foundation
Photo from North Valley Community Foundation

On Nov. 8 of last year, two of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history ignited on same the day.

The Woolsey Fire burned nearly 150 square miles of land in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying 400 homes and another 1200 buildings, causing 295,000 residents to evacuate, and claiming three lives over 13 days.

The Camp Fire, which began in northern California's Butte County, would go on to become the costliest natural disaster in the world in 2018. The blaze scorched 248 square miles, leading to the destruction of more than 18,000 buildings—nearly three-quarters of them homes—and 85 fatalities until it was fully contained on Nov. 25.

The harrowing scenes of wildfires overtaking entire communities in a matter of hours spurred an outpouring of support, including from GlobalGivers like you. Our community came together in the days and weeks after the fires broke out, and more than 3,800 donors raised $1.3 million to support our vetted nonprofit partners assisting families affected by the Woolsey and Camp wildfires. Here's a look at the relief and recovery efforts your donation has supported:

  • The North Valley Community Foundation supported relief work being performed at area evacuation centers in the immediate aftermath of the Camp Fire. Through partnerships with local organizations and government agencies, they were able to fund housing assistance, gift cards, gas cards, child care programs, and food and clothing distribution centers for residents affected by the wildfires.  
  • In southern California, the Ventura County Community Foundation worked with local partners on a wide range of relief and recovery efforts in response to the Woolsey Fire, including purchasing a new emergency response vehicle for first responders, repairing a damaged community radio station, covering expenses for fire-damaged child and adult day care facilities, providing direct cash assistance for affected residents, and feeding and housing evacuees.
  • The United Way of Northern California provided more than 6,000 individuals and families affected by the Camp Fire with emergency cash relief. They also organized a back-to-school shopping event for 130 students impacted by the wildfire, and are currently working with families who lost their home in the fire and are still struggling to find housing.
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County's team was able to rescue more than 100 horses and other farm animals from ranches in southern California during the Woolsey Fire.
  • Working in communities affected by both the Camp and Woolsey wildfires, Jake's Diapers distributed modern, reusable cloth diapers to families in need.
  • IsraAID's psychosocial support professionals worked with service providers and first responders in both northern and southern California to ensure that their emotional needs were met. They also organized self-care workshops and processing sessions with police, firefighters, and municipality workers to create a safe space for open communication and coping with the emotional trauma of the fires.

Your generosity supported all of this vital relief work, and we thank you for making the smart choice to donate cash to support community-led relief and recovery efforts after these devastating wildfires. We’ll continue to keep you updated in the coming months about the ongoing work of our partners assisting wildfire survivors.

 

With gratitude,
Will + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from IsraAID
Photo from IsraAID
Apr 5, 2019

Community-led recovery continues in Puerto Rico

Photo from P.E.C.E.S.
Photo from P.E.C.E.S.

As the people of Puerto Rico continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, we're proud to share stories from our nonprofit partners who have remained hard at work, leading ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in their communities.

The incredible generosity of GlobalGivers like you and more than 49,000 others who've come together to raise more than $11 million has helped make these stories possible:

In southeastern Puerto Rico, Programa de Educacion Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (P.E.C.E.S.) delivers programs to promote education, at-risk youth intervention and health, and economic and community development. To help their communities recover from Maria, P.E.C.E.S. is rebuilding homes in coastal areas where residents received little to no support from FEMA or insurers, as well as launching a series of workshops and events aimed at using arts and sports to help old and young folks alike heal from trauma experienced during the hurricane. And thanks to funding from GlobalGivers like you, they're now able to purchase a passenger van to transport elderly residents to doctor and therapy appointments, pharmacies, and grocery stores.

Asesores Financieros Comunitarios is strengthening the capacity of Puerto Rico's nonprofit community, which experienced severe downturns in their finances and staffing due to Maria. Through a series of trainings for nonprofit staff and board members on issues of administration, accounting, legal compliance, and governance, they aim to help nonprofits achieve sound administrative practices and improve the overall delivery of social services on the island.

In the city of San Antonio on Puerto Rico's northwestern coast, Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza works with elderly residents who live alone to ensure they have access to medical care, meals, and other essentials. They've recently been able to increase their meal delivery program from two days a week to five, achieve their goal for improving living conditions among their program participants, and have announced they'll be starting repairs on storm-damaged homes in the coming months.

Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo’s mission is to prevent youth violence and help at-risk youth complete their education and develop into leaders in their communities. Maria dealt a heavy blow to their organization, hindering its capacity to execute their programs. While their staff has finally been able to resume its programs for at-risk youth, the nonprofit has a long way to go to fully recover in terms of financial and organizational capacity. With a recent round of funding from GlobalGiving, Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo will be able to bring on development staff to improve their financial situation as well as creating and implementing a community response plan in preparation for the next hurricane to strike the island.

Instituto Nueva Escuela, which supports and promotes Montessori teaching methods in Puerto Rico, is working in the communities it serves to implement reforestation and renewable energy projects, expand access to potable water, and launch volunteer programs in Maria-impacted neighborhoods.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico's facility in San Lorenzo suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Maria, so much so that the building remains closed more than a year and a half after the storm. They've continued to provide their hot meal and educational programs to children in the community, but working out of a rented property has caused logistical challenges. With support from the GlobalGiving community, they will be moving into a former elementary school that will provide a safe, welcoming space for the youth they serve.

We're also excited to share that one of the leaders of our partners working on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, Ana Yris Guzmán of Nuestra Escuela, was selected as a member of the first class of Disaster Feedback Fellows of the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving. She joined nine other fellows from community-based nonprofits to spend a week in Washington, D.C. this past October learning from each other, promoting their disaster recovery projects to peers and funders, and speaking at and attending the 2018 Feedback Summit.

Thank you again for your generous support of our community-led nonprofit partners who are leading recovery and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria. Look for more stories of progress in your inbox in the coming months.


With gratitude,
Will + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo
Photo from Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo
Photo from Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza
Photo from Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza
Apr 2, 2019

Project of the Month Club Update: April 2019

Photo from Conservation Volunteers Australia
Photo from Conservation Volunteers Australia

Dear Project of the Month Club,

I hope you had a great month of March—ours was particularly exciting! We held our second annual Girl Fund Campaign, in which 210 projects working to empower women and girls around the world competed for one of six year-long spots in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund. We also had the pleasure of welcoming more than 80 new nonprofit partners to the GlobalGiving community through our March Accelerator, a virtual training program and crowdfunding campaign that helps nonprofits take their fundraising to the next level.

On top of all that, you and the other 553 Project of the Month Club members raised $24,194—a new record—in support of SERUDS, a GlobalGiving partner based in Andhra Pradesh, India, and their Help Women By Providing Tailoring Training project, which teaches more than 200 women marketable skills like sewing and embroidery to help them provide for their families. Way to go!

This month, your Project of the Month Club donation will support Conservation Volunteers Australia's  Help Protect Endangered Bandicoots project in Victoria, Australia. Once a common sight throughout the state, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is now one of Victoria's most endangered species and considered extinct in the wild. The main driver of the bandicoots' decline is an overwhelming loss of its natural grassland habitat. In response, Conservation Volunteers Australia is partnering with other local environmental groups to secure 300 hectares of protected grasslands as habitat for 400 endangered bandicoots—which would double the current population.

Project leader Catherine McLeod wanted to pass along this message to you and the rest of the Project of the Month Club supporters:

“Thank you for selecting Conservation Volunteers Australia as your Project of the Month, it will enable us to achieve many goals that otherwise would have had to be put on hold till until we could raise funds for them to become a reality. We look forward to sharing the progress of our Help Protect Endangered Bandicoots program with everyone at GlobalGiving and especially all the great donors that help to make a real difference.”

You can follow along with their progress protecting bandicoots by reading their latest project reports—you'll see the ongoing impact of your donation this month, and as an added bonus, you'll get to see lots more photos of adorable bandicoots.

Thanks again for your ongoing support. Your donations have traveled from Mexico to Kenya to India and now to Australia so far this year, and we can't wait to tell you where your generosity is heading in May.

 

Warm wishes,
Alix Guerrier
GlobalGiving CEO

 



Photo from SERUDS
Photo from SERUDS
 
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