As Executive Director of The BASIC Fund, my heart sank when I learned of the fires affecting the North Bay counties. I immediately thought of the children, families, and schools there whom we support. The devastating wildfires that swept through Napa and Sonoma have caused unprecedented damage to these communities. Among those hardest hit were families with children and their schools who are stretched thin to try and keep a sense of stability and calm for their students, while many school administrators themselves are also dealing with devastation. More than 200 BASIC Fund students attend 69 schools in the area affected by the fires, and we have been busy working with our school communities to provide support in as many ways as we can.
Thanks to the generosity of our board and donors, we have provided supplemental tuition grants for families who have lost income and whose schools were closed during the fires. We have a generous donor who provided funding for hundreds of gift cards, we partnered with Visa to produce them without service fees and distributed them to our families to help pay for groceries and other immediately necessary essentials. We partnered with KPMG to distribute brand new backpacks and supplies, and we even have had some generous donors who are helping to fund some additional needs at the hardest hit schools – things like school counselors to help the children recover from this terrifying disaster.
The recovery from this tragedy will be long and hard and with your help, The BASIC Fund is committed to remaining a source of support and stability for our families. As always, we cannot thank you, our donors, enough for everything you do for BASIC Fund families and our community.