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United Way of Northern California Helps Wildfire Victims to Rebuild

Weed, CA – United Way of Northern California is responding to the Boles Fire in Weed, CA by organizing local volunteers and starting two separate relief funds. The Boles Fire Relief Fund is helping the community rebuild and the Roseburg Employee Boles Fire Fund benefits the employees of Roseburg Forest Products who were affected by the fire. 100% of the donations to both funds directly benefit the relief efforts for the victims of the Boles Fire.

“It has been so heartening to see the community pull together like they have,” said Wendy Zanotelli, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California, “We realize that the rebuilding efforts are going to take many, many months and will be complicated by the harsh winter ahead.”

“Roseburg Forest Products has been a huge supporter of the Weed community for many decades,” added Greg Balkovek, United Way of Northern California Board Chairman. “We are proud to be able to help and support them now in their time of need.”

On the afternoon of September 15, 2014, a fast-moving fire quickly destroyed much of a sleepy town in far Northern California. Though it only lasted 5 days, it burned 479 acres, destroyed or damaged 150 homes, and an additional 8 buildings including 2 churches, non-profits, and outbuildings of the Roseburg Lumber Mill, one of the town’s largest employers. This would be devastating to any community, but even more so in a community with a population of less than 3,000 people.

About United Way of Northern California

Established in 1953 in Redding, California, United Way of Northern California now serves 9 Northstate counties including: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. Its mission is to improve lives in far Northern California by focusing on Education, Financial Stability, and Health by mobilizing and integrating resources and the caring power of community. In addition to raising funds for 50 local non-profit agencies, they also run 2-1-1, a direct dial resource hotline and they have recently launched a Prosperity initiative to increase financial self-sufficiency and security for families, while contributing to community vibrancy. For further information visit the United Way of Northern California web site at http://www.norcalunitedway.org.

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