EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT U.S. DISASTER FUND
Please support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to the fires in Northern California, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, tornadoes, earthquakes and more by making a donation to the U.S. Disaster Fund.
PUERTO RICO RELIEF UPDATE
In the wake of Hurricane Maria which caused unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico when it swept through on September 20, the Episcopal News Service reports that the crisis is still ongoing. Coordinating donations with local agencies to get basic supplies to those who most need it is a logistics challenge that Episcopal Relief & Development is working on daily, along with many others. Read the full story here and consider supporting ER&D’s Hurricane Relief Fund to have a donation targeted specifically to hurricane-damaged areas.
FOCUS ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES
In addition to donations through Episcopal Relief and Development mentioned above, here are other ways to respond:
DIOCESE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BISHOP’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
Bishop Barry, Canon Andrea, Margaret Dunning, and other clergy and staff of the Diocese of Northern California continue to work closely with Episcopal Relief & Development. The organization has approved a grant for the diocese’s fire relief effort and disbursement of that money will begin this week. Donations can be made to the bishop’s discretionary fund.
Pray for all those impacted, including those affected by the Bear Fire, and for all firefighters and personnel battling the fire.
ECR DIOCESAN CONVENTION OFFERING
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves has announced that the offering at our 2017 Diocesan Convention in Salinas will be directed to the Diocese of Northern California to support relief work and rebuilding.
WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE FIRE INFO
For accurate and current information on the 2017 fires, please visit the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website. The site features an updated overview, traffic conditions and road closures, wildfire maps, and more.