Donate to Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency for Oakland Fire
Thank you everyone for your incredible support and ongoing efforts. The growth of this fund is a testament to the impact of this tragedy, the vein that it has hit internationally, and the value of the artistic community locally. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is honored to be your trusted representative and takes this signal with great responsibility. Not only are we sensitive to the impact, we are also understanding of the due diligence process required to fulfill the intent of our donors, and this takes time.
As collaborators, the Red Cross and the Oakland Mayor’s Office are working in the same manner and needed their own timeline to ensure the data being passed along to us would be secure and vetted. We have just received some of the data we have needed and all along we have been accepting intake forms from our community to assess a broader need. To date, we have received over 300 requests for aid from this fund. Running the gamut from funeral expenses, grief counseling all the way to funding for safety upgrades to DIY spaces. We will soon be getting the entire set of data required from our collaborators that we have needed to do our case management work. Red Cross has been doing an amazing job of providing immediate relief to victims (next of kin) and displaced. We are going to be able to understand all that they have done and reach a broader set of issues.
We are working–over the holiday– to build this important database which will inform our distribution process. We have had so many in-kind donors of legal aid, counseling, social work, and other disaster nonprofits, and we are working with all of these people to ensure everything is done correctly and with the confidentiality and sensitivity that is required. We are cross-referencing that data with all the intake forms we have received. We have received request for aid from over 300 people, and we intend to personally address each person.
We ask for your patience through the holiday season as we are down to a few people that are burning the midnight oil for this cause.
Our belief is that relief, recovery, and resiliency of our community is the greatest cause we can work towards into 2017. We stand with you and please keep spreading this message to ensure this never happens again. We honor the memory of those we lost as their sweet souls inspire the next generation to care for one another in a bigger capacity than ever before.
This is a long-term project and we are committed to serving our community.
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With so much love,
Gray Area Team
All updates from the crowdfunding campaign can be read in their original form at the bottom of this page.