May 2017 Update Report

posted 6 months ago by WeedLTRG from Weed Long Term Recovery Group
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May Update The LTRG Case Management and Volunteer Coordinator continue to assist in matching available resources and volunteer help to ensure fairness and prevent duplication of services for those households affected by the 2014 Boles Fire. Together with the field Construction Coordinator, and the Resources Committee, these folks are the backbone of a strong recovery in Weed. Between now and the end of September, the Volunteer Coordinator has lined up 14 volunteer teams - and counting - ranging from 6 – 26 team members each; 7 of them are returning teams from previous years. These volunteers work on residential rebuilding efforts throughout the fire affected area as well as on the Siskiyou Habit for Humanity homes currently under construction. They will come from the San Francisco Bay Area, Eureka, Yuba City, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Nevada and Oregon. As of May 1, 2107, the LTRG Team has coordinated 416 volunteers documenting 21,603 hours towards community recovery from the fire.

A local welcome is much appreciated for these volunteers coming to work in our community. If you, or your church or service group would like to host a team welcome dinner or provide lunch/lunches, please contact Brenda Duchi at 530 408-0023.

Other than Siskiyou Habitat households, most of the homeowners requesting volunteer help in rebuilding are needing assistance with a fence or garage, a retaining wall, or a serious drainage problem. Even with insurance and family support some reconstruction has gone very slowly, especially where homes were perhaps under insured. Some people are using their meager resources to finish fencing, garages, entryways, and railings. Case management is communicating with homeowners about requests and insuring that permits are in place, liability insurance is up to date, and materials are ready.

In preparation for a third and last soil delivery, we request that households wishing to receive sandy soil and soil amendment this fall contact Andrea Herr at 530 408-0012 by June 9, 2017.

Fiscal Report Upon recommendations of Weed LTRG Executive Committee: $25,000 of support for case manager, volunteer coordinator, and construction manager staffing expenses was approved on April 11, 2017. $1,500 to a student at Weed High School for a senior project to provide fire extinguishers and classes to survivors was approved on April 27, 2017.

Shasta Regional Community Disaster Relief Fund Funds Raised to Date by SRCF $641,356.97 Grants Recommended/Disbursed ($568,826.00) Subtotal $72,530.97 Refunds $8,981.58 Funds Remaining Today $81,512.55

United Way of Northern CA Total donations to Boles Fire Relief Fund $202,378.02 Total Grants to Date ($71,770.00) Total Balance Remaining $130,608.02

Any community recovery projects that anticipate a need of fire recovery related funding should call Amanda Hutchings at the Shasta Regional Community Foundation at 530-244-1219 or visit www.shastarcf.org AND/OR contact Norma Mosqueda, Program Services Administrator, United Way of Northern California, 2280 Benton Dr. Building B, Redding, CA 96003, 530.241.7521, www.norcalunitedway.org

Upcoming meetings The LTRG meets next on Tuesday, June 13th at 2 pm in the Community Room at Great Northern Services, 310 Boles Street. These meetings are open to the public. The Executive Committee will continue to meet to consider any Disaster Relief Fund or United Way funding requests as they come up.

Contact info: • Case Manager Andrea Herr at 530 408-0012; aherrwltrg@gmail.com • Construction Coordinator: Patrick (Pat) Olson : 530 925-1426; olypat60@gmail.com • Volunteer Team Coordinator: Brenda Duchi: 530 408-0023; bjoyd.wltrg@gmail.com • Long Term Recovery Group Email: weedltrg@gmail.com or visit www.weed.recovers.org • Weed LTRG Office location (by appointment): 150 Alamo Street, Weed, CA Physical mailing address is Weed Long Term Recovery Group, PO Box 635, Weed, CA 96094 • Weed Recovers LTRG tab is on the City’s website home page updated with important information as it becomes available. www.ci.weed.ca.us

More information can be found through the Weed Press online at http://www.mtshastanews.com


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