Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund
The fund was established with a generous contribution of $1 million from the Aaron Rodgers Foundation, which was matched by State Farm and Walmart. The fund has been further bolstered by thousands of additional donations, both large and small. The fund has granted more than $700,000 since it began, supporting more than 40 organizations and funding dozens of programs to help promote a sense of normalcy for children who lost so much in the Camp Fire as well as supporting several collaborative housing initiatives.
The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund was established in the immediate aftermath of the Camp Fire to support programs that offer youths stability in the face of crisis, support the local youth sports infrastructure and support the process of bringing permanent and transitional housing back to the burned area.
Grants this past year supported the renovation and expansion of parks and play areas in Gridley and Concow, a physical activity program catered to those affected by the Camp Fire to help with physical and mental impacts of the disaster, a separate program coordinating multiple organizations in Butte County to help youths deal with trauma by having them interact with nature in new ways, and a large collaborative program to provide and construct sheds in the burn scar area to help those who lost their homes protect their property.
When the coronavirus crisis began, the fund issued grants supporting children and families. Grants were made to support the coronavirus response of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, Yellow Door, Valley Oak Children’s Services, Youth For Change, Lilliput and the YMCA of Oroville.
The fund is also contributing to the COVID-19 Employee Care Grant Program, to help employers reward workers who are serving at-risk populations.