After the Hill and Woolsey Fires devastated more than 100,000 acres, displacing hundreds of thousands of individuals and families, United Way of Greater Los Angeles sprung to action and raised nearly $3 million to help those in need. After carefully vetting applications, the organization announced today that it is distributing the third and final phase of funding to local nonprofits that are best positioned to support long-term wildfire recovery efforts for low-income individuals and families throughout Southern California.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles has distributed funds to local nonprofit partners in three phases. Phase One funds, intended to bring immediate relief to those in need, were provided to the American Red Cross before Thanksgiving 2018 from a portion of pledges raised during a Fire Relief Fundraiser event in November 2018. Phase Two funding — totaling $1 million — granted eleven non-profit organizations funding so they could provide further stabilization and support in the form of economic, emotional and housing support to low-income families and workers experiencing hardship due to the fires.
Phase Three funds will now focus on longer-term recovery to assist with continued support, home improvements, neighborhood improvements, and future disaster preparations. The following ten organizations will receive funding from United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund during Phase Three:
• BIG Heart Ranch: Infrastructure and operational repairs necessary due to damages caused by the Woolsey Fire. These improvements will allow Big Heart Ranch to continue its tradition of offering healing and wellness community programs and camps to low-income families from throughout Los Angeles County.
• Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: Financial, rental, and basic needs assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of Woolsey and/or Hill Fires; serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
• California Strong: Financial and rental assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of Woolsey and/or Hill Fires; serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
• Community Career Development: Intensive workforce development and business services as well as financial supports to stabilize the economic and housing situation of low-income individuals impacted by the Woolsey and/or Hill Fires; serving Los Angeles County.
• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles: Services for low-income households in the Seminole Springs Mobile park that have been affected by the Woolsey Fire. Services provided may include minor and extensive home repairs as well as landscaping of properties to reduce the likelihood of future soil erosion.
• Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families, Boys & Girls Club of Malibu: Workforce development as well as financial supports to stabilize the economic situation of low-income individuals impacted by the Woolsey Fire; serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
• Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank: Distribution of food to low-income families impacted by the Hill/Woolsey Fires.
• Mountains Restoration Trust: Protection of the culvert on the La Sierra Preserve and adjacent residences by removing accumulated debris caused by the Woolsey Fire and captured by the culvert’s inlet protection device. This work is critical to preventing future flooding for communities adjacent to the culvert, including the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park.
• Southeast Ventura County YMCA: Rebuilding support, in partnership with the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, to replace a storm drain, damaged by the Woolsey Fire, that runs 400 feet from the inlet in the upper park to the culvert that empties into the creek. This project has community-wide benefits and is an essential first step in improvements necessary for low-income families to rehabilitate and/or return to their homes.
• The Salvation Army California South Division: Long-term financial assistance for low-income families experiencing financial hardship as a result of Woolsey and/or Hill Fires; serving Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Please note that United Way of Greater Los Angeles does not make grants to individuals. Individuals seeking assistance should call 2-1-1.
Thank you to our generous donors including: 21st Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Film - “Widows” Premiere, Amgen Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, California Bank & Trust, Chipotle, City National Bank, Collingwood Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Dole Food Company, Edison International, FM Global Foundation, Goldenvoice, The Eisner Foundation, Inc., IBM, JP Morgan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals - Southern California Region, Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, Lyft, Malibu Foundation, Father John Misty and the artists performing for the Ace Benefit, Robert Murphy, NCIS Cast and Crew, New York Life Foundation, Pauley Perrette, The Jack Buncher Foundation, The Schmidt Family Foundation, SerMoonJoy Fund, The Sikand Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Juniper Networks Foundation Fund, Thrive Market, Universal McCann, United Way of Greater Houston, Verizon and many more.