When disaster strikes, the community pulls together. That’s a tenet of life in the Foothills. The River Fire once more confirmed the never-failing generosity of the community. This afternoon, Veronica Blake, the CEO of the Placer County Community Foundation and the foundation’s Vice Chair Sue Thompson made the trip across county lines to present a $50,000 check to Leo Granucci, Co-Chair of the Nevada County Relief Fund’s Community Advisory Council and Gil Matthews, representing the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, the fiscal sponsor of the local relief fund.

They were welcomed by Chair of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Dan Miller, Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon, County CEO Alison Lehman and Chief Brian Estes, the Chief of CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer.

With support from the League of California Community Foundations, the Placer Community Foundation is making a $50,000 contribution the Nevada County Relief Fund. “We are grateful for the quick and substantial charitable response to help our neighbors who have been affected by the River Fire. Our community has proven once again how kind it is through donations to the fund,” noted Veronica Blake, Placer Community Foundation’s CEO.

Fifty-four homes were destroyed on the Nevada County side of the 2,619-acre fire, another forty-eight on the Placer County side of the Bear River.

Placer and Nevada counties continue their support for impacted residents with a joint local assistance center – a one-stop-shop for recovery and rebuilding information and resources. The center will be open Aug. 13-14 at Colfax Elementary School; from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Aug 14. Residents may continue to access dedicated support from their respective counties after these optional initial consultations. 

The Nevada County Relief Fund continues to solicit donations at Nevada County Relief Fund (nevcorelief.org). To support Placer County residents impacted by the River Fire, please donate at Placer Community Foundation (placercf.org)