Posted on February 19, 2017
Thank you again to all who have generously donated to the Immediate Oakland Fire Relief Fund. As this fundraiser has been successful, exponentially surpassing our original goal of $10,000, we're sharing this update to provide transparency as to how and where our funds have been distributed thus far. When we began our fundraising efforts, just days after the fire, we had no idea how great the support we would receive and be able to pass on would be. We started organizing a list of the 36 people that passed away, and those we knew that had survived. Between the five us, we knew many of the people affected, and for those we did not, a community-based vetting process quickly filled in the gaps. As our fund grew and became well-known in our extensive community, more and more people in need have been reaching out to us. All of our financial allocations have been need-based. As of February 19th, 2017, we have distributed $68,513 to 95 different people. We've been able to support legal and chosen family members, survivors, partners, roommates who've needed rent covered, close friends who lost wages for time taken off to grieve, and more. We have helped cover the costs of memorials, travel to memorials, costs associated with self-care - such as therapy - in the wake of this tragedy, and some relocation costs of those evicted from warehouse spaces immediately after the fire. We are so grateful for all the donations that have allowed us to do this work. Please continue to support this fundraiser and share it with more people as we currently have requests beyond our funds.