Through our Community Giving Project, each year the Mariposa-Yosemite Rotary gives between $6,000 - $10,000 to local educational, charitable and nonprofit groups in need. Please read the guidelines and fill out an application
to be considered for funding.
VICTIMS OF THE OAK FIRE
September 30, 2022
As you may or may not know, our Rotary Club joined with other community funding organizations to direct recovery efforts through the Unmet Needs Council. This council has access to information developed by Fire Case Managers, employed by the Alliance for Community Transformation, that work directly with fire survivors. These case managers are trained to assist survivors of the Oak Fire in navigating the sometimes-complex world of governmental and non-governmental funding available. We are reviewing all fire assistance requests through the Unmet Needs Council process.
You may access the Unmet Needs Council process by contacting the County’s Health and Human Services Department at (209) 966-2000.
We wish you a speedy recovery from your losses.
Rotary Club of Mariposa Yosemite
UNMET NEEDS COUNCIL
September 24th 2022
Our entire community is grateful for the tens of thousands of donated dollars pouring into several local funding organizations for Oak Fire Relief. Close to one-hundred and fifty thousand dollars in vouchers for food, gas and clothing has been distributed and continues to be distributed to help meet immediate needs of survivors. These are distributed by Mariposa Safe Families and The Alliance for Community Transformations with the Mariposa Community Foundation and Chamber of Commerce of Mariposa County providing additional funds to these organizations for immediate needs.
The priority for the Unmet Needs Council is to get families and individuals into stable situations. This may mean help with interim housing or finding a travel trailer to place on burned out property, among other solutions. The Unmet Needs Council relies on Fire Case Managers to identify needs and costs to help people get back on the property where they lived. Wells that have burned need to be repaired; electricity must be restored. These large outlays are currently being paid through the Council. For example, replacement water tanks are being paid for now and will ready for delivery as soon as the property is approved for occupancy.
Mariposa County established the Unmet Needs Council during the Detwiler Fire in order to provide direct access for support to survivors of eligible disasters. The Council membership is composed of local funding organizations and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), and receives information from the Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). This Council reconvened and began meeting before the Oak Fire was out. Joining with the Council were members from Mariposa County departments, and among others, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, providing input regarding additional resources from the State level. [Note, the Oak Fire doesn’t qualify for FEMA funding as it was declared by the Governor as a Disaster, but did not reach criteria for FEMA funds.] Thank you to Mariposa County for creating this Council. State representatives who work with other counties tell us that we demonstrate best practices, notably with the Fire Case Management. They commented about the solid sharing of information by council members leading to early response to needs.
The funding organizations include the Alliance for Community Transformations, The Mariposa Community Foundation, The Economic Development Corporation of Mariposa County, and the Rotary Club of Mariposa Yosemite. Your donated dollars are not used to pay administrative costs, nor for the Fire Case Managers.
If you or someone you know was impacted by the Oak Fire and have not heard from a Fire Case Manager, please call 1-209-966-2000 [Mariposa County Health and Human Services] as soon as possible. The Unmet Needs Council wants to reach each survivor to confirm whether there are needs to be met.