LakeCountyRising is working to support community recovery after the devastating Valley Fire – with contributions from the #LakeCountyRising Fire Relief Fund going to a wide range of community-based organizations, including:

Hope City: $200,000

To support volunteer rebuilding efforts by funding the construction of a dormitory facility to house numerous volunteers who will build single-family dwellings over the next three years; these volunteers currently cannot be housed locally given the near-zero rental vacancy rate in and around the impacted areas. One of the rebuild teams that will assist families with little or no insurance, Hope City is a ministry of the Hope Crisis Response Network, a 501c3 NPO and registered charity in the State of California, whose mission is to help those families impacted by wildfires who are not able to recover on their own. Upon completion of the volunteer rebuild effort, the facility will be operated by the Middletown Central Park Association as a center for community and youth events.

Lake Family Resource Center: $100,000

To support LFRC's “Seeds of Hope” Mental Health Services and Support program that will fund activities and services designed to help rebuild family resiliency, ensure families are connected with necessary services and residing in adequate shelter, and rebuild families’ community connections.

Lake County Special Districts: $50,000

To support the rebuilding of homes in the community of Anderson Springs, which was decimated by the Valley Fire. The contribution funds the Anderson Springs Wastewater System CEQA Environmental Assessment Report (the cost of which would normally be borne by property owners through a property assessment), thus removing this financial burden from homeowners whose houses were lost in the fire.

Middletown Art Center (EcoArts 501(c)3): $44,600

To support the art center’s critical role in community healing by fully funding the center’s 2016 operational and programmatic goals; while all of the MAC board members and instructors lost homes in the fire, they recognized the important therapeutic role art plays in healing after trauma and reopened its doors immediately after the fire. Funds will support a scholarship fund to assist fire survivors (youth and adults), sculpture garden, electrical wiring upgrade and lighting improvements to support the gallery and classroom needs, website development with shopping cart functionality, capacity-building funds, and furnishings and equipment.

Middletown Unified School District: $40,000

To support the following programs: Sixth Grade Science Camp for students attending elementary schools in Cobb, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake; the K-12 music program; gift cards for students impacted by the fire.

Lake County Wine Alliance: $40,000

To support those wine auction beneficiaries impacted by both the fire and the cancellation of the annual fundraising auction due to the fire: $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity for housing assistance to fire victims; $10,000 to Worldwide Healing Hands for free medical clinics set up to assist fire victims; $4,000 to the Lower Lake Methodist Community Food Pantry for their programs to aid fire victims in need of food and household supplies; $2,000 to the Kelseyville Food Pantry for their programs to aid fire victims who need of food and household supplies; $5,000 to Lake County Senior Centers for Meals on Wheels and other nutritional programs serving the elderly who have been impacted by the fire;$9,000 to be split among other beneficiaries who have or are serving the needs of fire victims, including Middletown and Kelseyville High Schools.

Area Churches and Community Organizations: $40,000

Gift cards provided to be distributed to community members impacted by the fire.

Middletown Senior Center: $30,000

To support individuals who lost homes in the fire by providing furniture, bedding, kitchen supplies, and other items necessary to re-establish a home.

Eastlake Resource Conservation District: $22,000

To support seedling purchase for reforestation efforts in the impacted area.

Middletown ICE AAU Traveling Girls Basketball Team: $20,000

To support the team's 10th season, severely impacted by the fire with one coach and at least 10 participants having lost homes and facing fundraising challenges since most of the regular business supporters are either helping others in dire need or in need of support themselves; funds assist with registration fees, gym usage fees, tournament entry fees, and equipment including basketballs, basketball bags, uniforms, and coaches’ shirts.

Middletown Baseball Club: $16,350

To fill the fundraising gap for the upcoming season by assisting with tournament and field usage fees, player uniforms, insurance, and equipment upkeep.

Middletown-Cobb Youth Basketball League: $14,250

To support the new season by replacing equipment lost in the fire, including balls, hoops, scoreboard, coaches bags, etc.

Cobb Mountain Elementary School: $10,000

To support the Cobb School Garden Program, which is entirely funded by community support and challenged to fundraise (one fundraiser was to be held the day after the fire broke out and the other is in jeopardy due to the challenge of fundraising in a community where 40 percent of the school children and many staff members lost homes) by providing funds to sustain the program, which has significant educational and therapeutic benefits.

Lake County Fair Foundation: $10,000

To support Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H youth programs to assist with the replacement of jackets, uniforms, equipment, tack and animal needs.

Lake Family Resource Center: $10,000

To support immediate housing and other needs of client families who lost homes in the fire.

Middletown Youth Wrestling Club: $10,000

To support the club’s increased participation and inability to fundraise in the community after the fire by assisting with the purchase of a transportable sectional wrestling mat to hold practice at school facilities in Cobb and Hidden Valley Lake as well as Middletown, the purchase of student gear, and facility use fees.

Westlake Resource Conservation District (RCD): $10,000

To fund a chipping program to assist residents in the fire-impacted area with clearing of properties during the burn ban; funds will enable crews to work for 2-4 weeks with County-owned chipper.

Middletown United Methodist Church: $6,000

To help cover the costs of Camp Noah, a week-long, age-appropriate resiliency training program that provides a high-quality healing experience for children affected by the Valley Fire, with each child receiving his or her own emergency backpack and preparedness kit.

Tri-Uplifting: $5,000

To provide funds to support a Mindfulness Triathlon Event in the community of Middletown, allowing community members to attend for free.

Middletown Sober Grad: $2,500

To support Sober Grad activities as Middletown High School anticipates 80 graduates, 22 of whom lost homes in the fire and fundraising is extremely challenged.

Middletown Area Merchants Association: $1,150

To support Neighborhood Watch efforts in the fire-devastated communities by funding community and patrol signage.

Lake County International Charter School (LCICS): $500

To support fundraising efforts for the 4th and 5th grade class, many of whom lost homes and belongings in the fire, with a cost-free camping and hiking trip to Santa Cruz; Lake County Rising matched a donation by Calpine Corporation.


We continue to seek input from the community regarding organizations affected by the fires in Lake County. Future giving will be based on an in-depth needs assessment and identification of needs not covered by other funding sources. Areas of focus will include community-building activities to support long-term recovery efforts for the communities of Middletown and Cobb. Contact us to learn more.