MendoCo Hosts Community Recovery Fund Grant Ceremonies

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 21, 2018) – On Friday, May 18th and Monday May 21st, The Mendocino Family of Companies hosted two separate Grant Ceremonies to recognize 15 organizations that were chosen to receive grants from the Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund. Each organization was selected for their commitment to long-term recovery for communities impacted by the North Bay Fires that took place October 2017.


The group of 15 organizations serve youth, elderly, animals, and educators. Projects were chosen for support based on their impact on local communities and for an emphasis on rebuilding community services that are not covered through FEMA or insurance claims. A total of $261,000 will be given to the various organizations.

“With more than half of a year separating us from the firestorm, we are excited to see the results of our fundraising effort start to go out in the most impacted communities” said Bob Mertz, CEO. “We are thrilled to see the breadth and generosity of contributions to this fund maximizing our matching funds.  With this first round of grants we hope this brings a bit of normalcy back to areas most impacted.”


At the first event on Friday, May 18, 2018, the organizations that were honored include:


Arts Council of Mendocino County

Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County

North Coast Opportunities

Potter Valley Youth & Community Center

Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians

SAFER: Sonoma Action for Equine Rescue


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The second ceremony on Monday, May 21, 2018, honored the following organizations:


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County

Earle Baum Center for the Blind

Friends of ArtQuest, Inc.

Humane Society of Sonoma County

Jewish Community Free Clinic

Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic

Santa Rosa High School Agricultural Program

Social Advocates for Youth

Vintage House Senior Center


The Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund was established by the Mendocino Family of Companies through the Community Foundation of Mendocino County to support community restoration for youth, elderly, educators, emergency workers, and animals affected by the devastating Nuns, Redwood Valley, and Tubbs fires. Every dollar contributed to the Fund will be matched up to $400,000 by the Mendocino Family of Companies and distributed in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.


Funding has been distributed by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County via an independent committee, until the fund is exhausted. To ensure each donation directly benefits the community, the Mendocino Family of Companies will also pay all related administrative and promotional costs to manage the fund.


To donate to the Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund, please visit