The Weed Rotary Club raised $70,000 to sponsor a Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity home for a Boles Fire affected family.
Weed Rotary President Michael Kobseff presented a check to Siskiyou Habitat President Pat Vela on Monday, March 13, during a groundbreaking ceremony attended by members of Weed Rotary, Siskiyou Habitat, Weed Long Term Recovery Group, and 14 student volunteers from the Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York.
“We’re really proud of this because it’s sponsored by Weed, a small Rotary club,” said past club president Leon Thompson.
Pastor Carl Goltz gave a blessing asking for safety and comaraderie while building. He gave thanks to Weed Rotary for funding the home.
Thompson said funds were raised by family, friends and Rotarians around the country. He said another check for $20,000 will be presented as the house progresses.
By chance, four of the Dominican College student volunteers working this week are members of Rotaract, a Rotary program for students, and their supervisor Ryan O’Gorman, Director of Residents Life at Dominican, is a Pearl River Rotary member.
The home on Shasta Avenue is Habitat’s second home for a Boles Fire affected family, and two more are planned.
In June 2015, the Shasta Regional Community Disaster Relief Fund disbursed $50,000 to Siskiyou Habitat to kickstart their fund-raising efforts for Boles Fire survivors, said Audra Beylik, Public Information Officer for the Weed Long Term Recovery Group.
Thompson said 18 groups of volunteers are scheduled to come to Weed this summer.
The Dominican College volunteers arrived this week to construct a stem wall for the Rotary Habitat home being built for Jacqueline Brown. They are also working on the floor of the first home for the Casorla family, said O’Gorman.
Dominican College senior Ben Orea said Weed is a “beautiful community, amazing.” Senior Roberto Garcia said he felt humbled to be in town.