The United Way of Northern California has disbursed $9,500 of its $200,000 disaster relief fund designed to help the community of Weed recover from last year's Boles Fire – $5,000 was awarded to College of the Siskiyous as partial funding for a new construction class and $4,500 was awarded to the Weed City Volunteer Fire Department.

The United Way of Northern California has disbursed $9,500 of its $200,000 disaster relief fund designed to help the community of Weed recover from last year’s Boles Fire – $5,000 was awarded to College of the Siskiyous as partial funding for a new construction class.

The class is designed to train residents in construction skills and help place them with local contractors who are rebuilding homes in the community.

This United Way grant will pay for tools and equipment for students and building materials, according to a press release from United Way.

An additional $4,500 was awarded to the Weed City Volunteer Fire Department to replace a barbecue grill that was lost in the fire. The grill is used to support fundraising events at the fire department, including an upcoming event in July.

“This grant is coming at a good time, we’re coming to the end of our fiscal year so money is getting tight,” Weed Fire Department Captain Kent Cunningham states in the press release.

The United Way of Northern California has established a partnership with the Long Term Recovery Group in Weed and, as stated in the release, “reviews each application with the group to ensure the need expressed is valid and that funding the applicant is in the best interest of the community and the donors.”

“We are extremely proud to support the community of Weed by offering this fund,” said United Way of Northern California President and CEO Wendy Zanotelli. “We’ve seen how vibrant and resilient the people of Weed are and we’re glad to be able to support them in their recovery efforts.”

United Way reported that it waived all administrative fees for the fund so 100 percent of donations will go directly to the community of Weed.

Additional funds are still available. Persons or organizations affected by the fire can visit www.norcalunitedway.org/disaster-response to download an application.

Donations for the Community Relief Fund were provided by Tri Counties Bank, as well as US Bank locations in southern Oregon; and through numerous other donations from the community.

For more information contact Eric Kiltz at ekiltz@norcalunitedway.org or 530-241-7521.