Wildfire Season 2022 – We Can Use Your Help

October 03, 2022 | by Steve Elliott

Wildfire Season 2022 – We Can Use Your Help

Thankfully, this year’s wildfire season has not been as bad as last year.  Nonetheless, over 365,000 acres have burned with almost 900 structures damaged or destroyed.  Many hundreds of other homes impacted by smoke or power shutoff. Sadly, nine people have died.
 
Your Cal-Nev Conference has responded to five of the most significant fires.  Our principal goal is to provide a “ministry of presence,” thoughtfully listening to survivor trauma, loss, and fears.  Imagine the loss of everything you own – possessions yes, but loss of photos, family keepsakes and even pets bring the tears. 
 
As one of our loyal volunteers, Mary Ellen Huey, said “Our modest heartfelt survivor support is so gratefully appreciated.”  Mark Buenafe, Pastor of Mariposa UMC, serves on the Oak Fire Long Term Recovery Group.  Pastor Mark notes “the number of unmet needs is overwhelming.”
 
At the six local assistance centers we have staffed; we have served over 750 households with about $70,000 in immediate aid.  Our year-to-date 2022 investment in seven long-term recoveries is approaching $215,000.  Before the year is out, our total disaster response expense will be $375,000 to $400,000.
 
We would appreciate your help in replenishing our Disaster Response Fund.  Donations can be made here (California-Nevada Disaster Response Fund (brtapp.com) or by mailing a check payable to the California-Nevada Annual Conference (PO Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250) and noting Disaster Response Fund on the memo line. 
 
In Mission Together,
Steve Elliott
Disaster Response Coordinator
Cal-Nev Conference
 


Steve Elliott serves a the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response & UMVIM Coordinator (Director).
 

Steve Elliott
Conference Disaster Response & UMVIM Coordinator (Director)
(925) 640-9797