The wildfires and the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Northern California have caused major disruptions for Bay Area residents. To date, over 180,000 people are displaced from their homes and nearly 1 million are without power. These events burden people with the least access to resources and barrier to mobility including 1) people with disabilities, 2) immigrants and farm workers, 3) low-income residents, and 4) older adults and seniors.
We are hearing stories of communities pulling together responses to support each other and instances where the social safety nets are inadequate. As a result, informal groups and community-based organizations are stepping up to fill in the disaster response gaps.
Please join Northern California Grantmakers and experts to hear about best practices for supporting people with the least access to resources: 1) people with disabilities, 2) immigrants and farm workers, 3) low-income residents, and 4) older adults and seniors.
Note: Please refer to NCG’s resource page for vetted disaster relief and recovery funds, links to information about the Kincade and other NorCal fires, air quality, and the Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
- Ingrid Tischer, Trustee, Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter
- Gabriela Orantes, Just Recovery Fellow, Latino Community Foundation/North Bay Organizing Project
- Christine Paquette, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County
- Regine Webster, Vice President, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Susan Malardino & Julia Hales, Marin Center for Independent Living
- Elizabeth Brown, President and CEO/Karin Demarest, Vice President for Community Impact, Community Foundation for Sonoma County
- Nancy Brown, Community Preparedness Manager, Sonoma County
- Lisa Carreño, President & CEO, United Way of the Wine Country
- Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Register on NCG's Registration page.