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UPDATED: Wells Fargo Donates $3.25 Million More for Camp Fire Recovery Thru NVCF's Butte Strong Fund

The Butte Strong Fund of the North Valley Community Foundation has announced relief funding efforts, including support for Butte County to provide those at the Red Cross shelter with housing solutions. Also, Wells Fargo donated $3.25 million dollars to the Butte Strong Fund for relief and business recovery efforts. a

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 4:45 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2019 6:13 PM

Updated 6:03 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 - Action News Now has received several questions about how to get on the list to be able  to receive some of the funds pledged to Butte County Friday to support people who are still at the Red Cross shelter in Chico.

We asked Butte County Public Information Officer Casey Hatcher to talk about those specific relief efforts. Hatcher said the funs are specifically for people in the shelter to help address barriers they have to take their next step in their recovery plan  and leave the shelter.

"The American Red Cross and the County are already connected with the people  staying in the shelter and are aware of their needs," she explained.

Hatcher emphasized that there is no need for people to make contact with Butte County or the Red Cross about this specific funding.

There is a link further down on this page you can follow to see what organizations received the Butte Strong funding from the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) on Friday. Questions about the services/relief that those agencies provide can be identified by contacting the individual agencies running relief efforts and programs.


Updated 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 - The Butte Strong Fund announced its first round of millions of dollars in grants in the
aftermath of the Camp Fire, including funding for housing, business recovery, children, community development, and health and wellness. Part of this announcement includes the donation made Friday by Wells Fargo of $3.25 million dollars for both business and personal recovery efforts.

The Butte Strong Fund was developed earlier in January 2019 as a partnership of three fundraising efforts coordinated by the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.

Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation, said, "We are incredibly grateful for the commitment from Wells Fargo to the recovery of this region. Their support of the Butte Strong Fund demonstrates a thoughtful and
collaborative approach to making a significant difference in our communities."

The Wells Fargo donation is part of the Butte Strong Fund’s one million dollar commitment to the County of Butte to provide services for families in the Camp Fire emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. It’s the last emergency shelter operating in the aftermath of the Camp Fire


CHICO, Calif. - Wells Fargo officials announced Friday that the bank is donating $3.52 million dollars to help Camp Fire survivors.

Two million dollars of the relief money will help people find permanent housing and the rest will help with business recovery.

The Butte Strong Fund - which is held by the North Valley Community Foundation - will distribute the money.

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said, "$3.25 million! It's huge. It's going to make  a big difference."

"Wells Fargo has been a big partner with the town since before the fire," Jones said.  "They were always the first to donate to whatever effort was going on in town," she added.

This is an addition to the $2.8 million dollars Wells Fargo has already given out to help in fire relief efforts in 2018.

The Butte Strong Fund also announced they're giving one million dollars to Butte County -- specifically to assist in getting the last remaining Camp Fire evacuees out of the Red Cross Shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and into permanent homes.

For more information on the North Valley Community Foundation Camp Fire Relief Efforts CLICK THIS LINK.

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