#SonomaStrong Fire Relief and Recovery by Rotary

For: Victims, Evacuees, and First Responders for Sonoma Fires
Sonoma, CA
Organizer: Rotary of Sonoma Valley
#SonomaStrong Fire Relief and Recovery by Rotary (Victims, Evacuees, and First Responders for Sonoma Fires)
of $500,000 goal
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Raised by 1136 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

*** We will be sending an email receipt to everyone who donated through this campaign in early January***

In the early morning hours last Monday many residents awoke to fire in  and around their homes, while the rest of Sonoma Valley was alerted by  the smell of smoke. For Rotarians, it was a call to action. Within  hours, Rotarians were providing food and basic necessities to fire  victims, evacuees and first responders. Since those early hours, Rotary  has helped to facilitate the donation, preparation and delivery of over 12,000 meals, mostly to first responders while they fight to  protect people and their homes all over Sonoma Valley.  Rotary is  facilitating the collection, organization, and distribution of basic  necessities pouring in from all over the state, getting help to those  who need it, where they need it, when they need it. Rotary has already  distributed over $100,000 in gift cards and many truckloads of goods.

In  the days and weeks ahead we are focusing our efforts on helping  displaced residents stabilize and rebuild. Rotary will directly provide  funding for food, clothing, home goods, kitchen goods, transitional  housing assistance, education grants, business rebuild grants, and  whatever is needed to help victims of this devastating disaster.  Together we will rebuild Sonoma. We are #SonomaStrong.

Rotary of  Sonoma Valley is coordinating the delivery of any needed service, goods,  or funds for the direct benefit of Sonoma Valley Fire victims,  evacuees, and first responders. The club is  one of over 34,000 clubs  comprising the largest service organization in  the world. Our club  supports our local and international community through financial and  hands-on support. 100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go to  continuing the work Rotary of Sonoma Valley members are already doing to  support fire victims, evacuees and first responders. 

Rotary's motto is "Service Over Self."

Sonoma Valley Rotary Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization—Tax ID #68-0343129 

For more information or donations by check:

Marck Zuehlsdorff

Club President

[email protected] 

P. O. Box 910

Sonoma, CA 95476 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 2, 2018


Posted on January 2, 2018

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Sonoma Valley Rotary Foundation. Because of contributions like yours, we  raised more than $566,000 for distribution to help Sonoma Valley fire survivors, evacuees, and first responders. 

We  will no longer be accepting donations. Our  goal is to distribute all funds we’ve collected by June 18, 2018, which is the end of our fiscal year.   If you would still like to contribute money to victims of the wildfires, here are some suggestions of other organizations we know who continue to collect and distribute  money:   

On behalf of all the survivors and first responders we’ve helped because of your generosity, thank you very much. 

For more on how Rotarians have helped in Sonoma Valley, please take a Look at this video

Posted on November 1, 2017


Posted on November 1, 2017

Over $300,000 has been raised in support of this amazing community! Donations have come from nearly 1,000 sources as diverse as our community: from 6 figure checks from major corporations, local businesses, long-time locals, and new transplants to $5 and $10 donations from neighbors, visitors, and out-of-town friends. 11 year old Dillon from the East Bay decided to donate her birthday money-- thank you Dillon! 

So far, Rotary has distributed well over $100,000 in gift cards and purchased goods to people who have lost their homes or have otherwise been displaced by the fires.  Rotarians are out in the community and we continue to gather names of those who could use some help in addition to partnering with other non-profits like F.I.S.H., La Luz, the Mentoring Alliance, and the Education Foundation, among others. In the near term, Rotary's efforts will continue to focus on providing short-term relief.  

The Rotarians moved quickly to get the aid ball rolling, and it should be stressed that our  network has been instrumental in identifying community members from  Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood who are in need. In the second phase, Rotary will shift focus to processing applications for additional grants to help victims whlie continuing our collaborating with the other primary  relief agencies.  

We have increased our goal to $500,000 as we continue these efforts. Thank you for your support! 

Posted on October 18, 2017


Posted on October 18, 2017

Another incredible day of donations and support. Yesterday Rotary made and delivered 300 care package boxes to help displaced residents rebuild their food supply. Fresh vegetables, staples like beans, rice, and tortillas were delivered with help from our friends at La Luz and others. 

Today we are beginning to see hear the stories and see the faces of those who lost homes, jobs, and security as a result of this fire. Rotary is here to help. 

The rebuilding effort is just getting started. #sonomastrong #ServiceAboveSelf

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