Shasta Regional Community Foundation has enabled its Community Disaster Relief Fund to receive donations for those in the north state impacted by the Carr Fire in Redding.

“We now know that the impact of the Carr Fire will make it financially challenging for regional nonprofits and public agencies to meet the needs for recovery from this disastrous event,” states Kerry Caranci, Chief Executive Officer of Shasta Regional Community Foundation, in a press release.

“As a result of this documented need, we have enabled the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund to accept donations towards the short and long-term recovery of our neighbors and partners.”

Many evacuation orders had been issued as of Friday morning as the Carr Fire grew to 44,450 acres and was only 3 percent contained, according CAL FIRE. See more information at: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents

Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund was initially established after the 2014 Boles Fire in Weed to accept donations in response to fires and natural disasters that may affect the north state. The Foundation says donations will now be directed for relief efforts for the Carr Fire that began Monday, July 23, west of the Redding area. The fire had destroyed 65 structures as of Friday morning, damaged 55, and was threatening nearly 5,000 more.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation, as stated in it release, “has a credible history of helping regional nonprofits and organizations with the ability to deliver monetary assistance efficiently and effectively toward the recovery of communities over time.”

The link for donations can be found on the Community Foundation’s website at: http://www.shastarcf.org/funds/cdrf.

How will the money be used?

The Community Foundation states that it “grants to nonprofit and government stakeholders to ensure that funds flow quickly to those most in need and establishes safeguards to secure proper distribution of the funds. This is a two-step process:

“Short-term support: funds for immediate relief will be made available as they become identified to large scale relief agencies to provide such support.

“Long-term support: funds for long-term relief will be distributed towards rebuilding and recovery efforts as identified by local collaborative efforts.

Questions and more information about this fund are available by contacting the Community Foundation’s CEO Kerry Caranci at 530-355-8652 or the Siskiyou County office at 530-925-3313.