OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - Two organizations have partnered to distribute $150,000 for the immediate needs of families and childcare providers after the October wildfires in Sonoma County.
The North Bay Fire Relief Fund and the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County will distribute the money in three types of grants to childcare providers and families who suffered losses due to the fires.
Grants of up to $2,500 will go toward families and childcare providers while grants of up to $20,000 will go to childcare centers and grants of up to $1,000 will go to families.
The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County received more than 123 applications for assistance, and the council was able to fund 59 families and 27 childcare providers/centers in the county, council spokeswoman Tiffani Montgomery said.
The Redwood Credit Union, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and state Sen. Mike McGuire created the North Bay Fire Relief Fund to immediately assist the survivors of the fires.
The Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, a nonprofit, has raised and distributed funds to support fire survivors and relief efforts including the $150,000 to the council.
"Many of these providers and families had not previously received funds, and were so grateful for the assistance during this difficult time," said Melanie Dodson, executive director of the council.
The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, as a childcare and referral agency, helps child caregivers obtain a license and get businesses started. More information is available at (707) 544-3077.