Below is a September, 2017 report from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation detailing disbursements from the Community Disaster Relief Fund for the Boles Fire in Weed.
Three years after the Boles Fire, a final check for $72,512.55 in leftover funds was presented to the Weed Recreation and Parks District on Sept. 14 to assist with the rebuilding of the new Community Center building.
Community Disaster Relief Fund for Boles Fire Disbursement Report
In response to the September 2014 Boles Fire in Weed, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation established the Community Diaster Relief Fund. The fund was started with a gift from the Stewardship Endowment Fund and provided assistance to the families, nonprofits and organizations impacted by the Boles Fire.
Because the Community Foundation has a credible history of helping Siskiyou County nonprofits and organizations, monetary assistance was delivered efficiently and effectively toward the recovery of the community of Weed in a process developed by local volunteers of the Weed Long Term Recovery Group.
As of September 2017, all funds have been disbursed as recommended by the local grant review committee.
With respect to other natural disasters that may affect the Community Foundation’s service areas, the fund shall remain in place in order to provide future assistance tied to a specific event, should the need arise.
One-hundred percent of donated funds for the Boles Fire went directly to costs associated with recovery efforts. No fees were assessed by the Community Foundation.
Funds have been distributed from the Community Disaster Relief Fund in the form of grants to local nonprofits and government agencies.
Requests were reviewed and approved by staff of Shasta Regional Community Foundation, the executive committee of the Weed Long Term Recovery Group, and approved by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Board of Directors.
The following list reflects all distributions made:
Donor Designated Grants
• 40,000 – Great Northern Services: recovery efforts as the recommendation of Pacific Power and Pacific Power Foundation, Oct. 31, 2014 and Dec. 1, 2014.
• $19,950 – Mount Shasta Community Resource Center: additional case management personnel in the Weed location, at the recommendation of an anonymous donor, Oct. 31, 2014.
• $37,991.48 – Great Northern Services: grocery cards for fire survivors, utilizing case management at the recommendation of several donors, Oct. 31, 2014 and Dec. 9, 2014.
• $45,000 – Great Northern Services: replace food delivery vehicle, at the recommendation of an anonymous doner, Dec. 1, 2014.
• $30,600 – Mount Shasta Community Resource Center: 36 computers for Weed students identified through case management, at the recommendation of an anonymous doner, Dec. 1, 2014.
• $600 – Great Northern Services: assist women led houses with recovery purchases at the recommendation of Soroptimist International of Ashland, March 25, 2015.
• $100,000 – City of Weed: regrading and drainage restoration of city blocks, as designated by Dignity Health through Red Cross, July 27, 2015.
• $1,696.94 – Free the Need: Thanksgiving baskets for fire survivors, Oct. 31, 2014.
• $35,000 – City of Weed: half the costs of lot surveying, Oct. 31, 2014.
• $10,000 – Weed High School: counseling services for students, Dec. 1, 2014.
• $22,290 – City of Weed: 25 percent of costs for sewer capping/cleaning, March 11, 2015.
• $15,000 – COS/Weed High School: Community Construction Training program, March 11, 2015.
• $29,700 – Mount Shasta Community Resource Center - Family and Community Resource Center of Weed: assistance with case management, April 28, 2015.
• $50,000 – Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity: funding for program support, June 10, 2015.
• $6,400 – Weed Friends of the Library: site specific equipment replacement, June 30, 2015.
• $11,500 – Great Northern Services: survivor incentives for case management, Dec. 9, 2015.
• $15,500 – Rotary Club of Weed Charitable Foundation: residential soil project, Sept. 26, 2015 and May 10, 2016.
• $17,975 – CA-NV Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church - LTRG staffing, July 20, 2015.
• 9,622.58 – Great Northern Services: landscaping materials for facility, Feb. 14, 2017.
• 45,000 – Grace Presbyterian Church: recognition of initial cash response to 150 survivors, March 14, 2017.
• $25,000 – CA-NV Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church - LTRG staffing, April 11, 2017.
• $9,000 – Rotary Club of Weed Charitable Foundation: residential soil project round 2, June 13, 2017.
• ($8,981.58) – refunds.
• $72,512.55 – remaining balance to Weed Recreation and Parks District: Community Center building project, September 2017.