For Immediate Release
October 16, 2017
AV David, NAFCON Secretary General, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-491-4561
Alex Magsano, Migrante Northern California, email@example.com, 707-492-5661
Bay Area Organizations Call for Relief for Wildfire Victims
The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), together with other San Francisco Bay Area organizations, calls on the community to provide much-need support to those affected by the ongoing wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Solano counties of Northern California. The fires, which started on October 8th, has affected over 180,000 acres and destroyed 5,700 structures. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The death toll, which has jumped to at least 35, is expected to increase as search efforts continue in neighborhoods from Santa Rosa to the hills of Napa County.
As firefighters continue their efforts to gain control of the fires, NAFCON is working with Migrante Napa/Solano (a grassroots organization serving Filipino immigrants), the First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Santa Rosa, and other local organizations to monitor the situation, gather reliable resources and information, and collect monetary and in-kind donations for fire victims.
NAFCON has effectively provided relief donations to typhoon and disaster victims in the Philippines since 2009, partnering with credible organizations based in communities directly impacted by these calamities. It hopes to extend similar assistance, resources and compassion to fire-affected families in the Northern Bay Area--especially the most vulnerable workers and immigrants--during this tough time. In addition to providing immediate relief, NAFCON will further evaluate how it will contribute to the affected communities’ long-term rehabilitation.
For monetary donations:
Donate via checks: Make check payable to “NAFCON” and on the memo line, write: “CA Wildfire victims” to clearly allocate it for this purpose. Mail checks to 4681 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112 c/o NAFCON. Please, include your return address with your donation.
Donate online via credit/debit card or PayPal: Click the link below to donate to fire victims: http://tinyurl.com/CAFireDonate
For in-kind donations:
Kindly limit to gas cards, and Target and Safeway gift cards. For other donations, please visit the Migrante Napa-Solano Facebook page for more details.
Drop-off site: First United Methodist Church: 1551 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 94505
For volunteers, please call 707-492-5661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns
Stanford Pilipino American Student Union
Filipino Community Center, San Francisco
Anakbayan East Bay
Migrante South of Market/Tenderloin
Anakbayan Silicon Valley
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Northern California Network
Migrante Northern San Mateo County
Gabriela San Francisco
Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS) Silicon Valley
Peoples Association for Workers and Immigrants (PAWIS) East Bay
Please email NAFCON at email@example.com if your organization would like to support and endorse these relief efforts and be added to the list above.