Pacific Power adds to growing relief fund

Deborra Brannon
Pacific Power Regional Community Manager Todd Andres, left, hands the first $10,000 installment of a $40,000 donation pledge to Great Northern Executive Director Bonnie Kubowitz, center, and Shasta Regional Community Foundation Executive Director Kerry Coranci at the Great Northern Food Distribution site at 310 Boles Street in Weed.

Pacific Power “pulled together with the Pacific Power Foundation” to donate $40,000 for disaster relief in the wake of the Boles Fire, according to Todd Andres, the company’s regional community manager.

“A lot of times people think the power company provides power to homes and businesses, but we actually provide power to people and to jobs,” he said.

Anders said when they heard the news of the disaster, Pacific Power knew the money was “needed now” and they searched for an organization to partner with quickly.

“The Community Disaster Relief Fund set up by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation was the first such fund to be set up, and they said they would not be charging any administrative fees,” he said of his company’s decision to donate through that organization.

Pacific Power’s donation is a designated gift for Great Northern to help fund their services for “the people who need it” after suffering losses due to the fire, Andres said.

“We’re pleased and honored to help facilitate this gift and get it to Great Northern so they can do all the good work they’re doing,” Shasta Regional’s executive director Kerry Caranci said.

Great Northern executive director Bonnie Kubowitz thanked Caranci for setting up the fund.

“We’ve had lots of people wanting to donate... but we couldn’t do that and rebuild the organization at the same time. We’ve been glad to refer them to Shasta Regional,” she said.

Great Northern’s offices were entirely destroyed in the Boles Fire last Monday.

How to donate

Caranci said as of Monday morning they had received approximately $200,000 in donations, including the Pacific Power donation. According to a press release, Scott Valley Bank donated $10,000 to the fund.

The public may donate to the Community Disaster Relief Fund via links on their website www.shastarcf.org, by calling the organization at (530) 244-1219, or in person at any Scott Valley Bank branch, she said.

Fund disbursement

Shasta Regional development and communications officer Jill Harris said funds collected for the Boles Fire disaster relief will be allocated to the nonprofit agencies and organizations providing relief for those affected by the fire.

A Request for Assistance form on Shasta Regional’s website can be filled out by such nonprofits as a statement of need, and these forms will be reviewed by staff.

“Shasta Regional as a matter of course does due diligence to be sure a nonprofit is in good standing before we grant money,” Harris said.

The organization plans to coordinate with other organizations that have been receiving money for Boles Fire disaster relief, she said, to be sure funding is not being duplicated.