Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Oct 17, 2017
Ron Harris, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka
 
 
Even as wildfires still burn in the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino local Rotarians are reaching out to help. 
 
“Those of us who live on the North Coast have personal, business and professional ties to the people and places being devastated by fire,” said Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka President Matt Nilsen.  “Our instinct is to try to help when people are in need...and this emergency is, for many of us, close to home.” 
 
The club is collecting monetary contributions to help those affected and is offering an opportunity to maximize those contributions.  Southwest Eureka Rotarian Ron Harris is stepping up in a big way to augment donations from Rotarians and from members of the community, according to Nilsen.  Harris, owner of Rainbow Self-Storage, has committed his business to match, dollar for contributed dollar, up to $10,000 in new donations to fund assistance for those in need.  "There are times when we can help our neighbors in their very real time of need...this is one of those times," said Harris.  Donations must be new donations contributed from October 13 forward—“and our goal is to take advantage of every matching dollar offered by Ron and Rainbow Self-Storage.” said Nilsen.
 
Donations from Rotarians, contributions from community members and matching funds provided by Rainbow Self-Storage will be contributed to The Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund.  The Rotary 5130 Fire Relief Fund is administered by Rotarians and supports a multitude of needs including but not limited to: small business grants, housing, shelter support, grief counseling, and other assistance to people and businesses that have been displaced by this tragedy.  Every dollar donated will be used to support fire survivors with no fund overhead expense, according to Nilson.
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka invites Rotarians and others to join it in contributing to the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund—and to take advantage of the opportunity to double each donated dollar.  ”We are a remarkably generous community,” said Nilsen.  ”And we know that so many have already given so much.  This is an opportunity to provide another avenue of assistance.”
 
Information about the fund is available at  www.larca5130.org.  Questions can be sent to larca5130@gmail.com
 
How you can contribute: For tax purposes and to have your donated dollar matched, donors can provide their contributions to the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation via Club Treasurer John Goff (David L. Moonie & Co., 707-442-1737, jgoff@dlm-cpa.com). Mail a check made out to Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation to P.O. Box 6054, Eureka CA 95502, with Fire Relief Fund in the subject line or on the envelope.