An October CMF Family Day helped raise over $7,000. The money was donated to fire victims.

By David Maldonado, CRM
California Medical Facility

In early October 2017, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Solano counties after wildfires destroyed thousands of homes, causing thousands of residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night.

Many Californians were affected by the state of emergency, including CDCR staff and family members. The California Medical Facility (CMF) placed barrels in the front the entrance to collect toiletries and shelf-stable food items to support shelters serving wildfire victims. CMF employees responded and within a single day, the barrels were overflowing with supplies.

CMF delivered the supplies to Napa Community College, one of the main shelters taking in residents who were forced to evacuate. Supply donations from CMF staff filled one CDCR transportation van and four trucks.

“We see disasters on the news every day, but seeing this unfold in our backyard to our co-workers, and fellow California’s is surreal. We’re very happy to come together and support the victims in any way that we can,” said CMF PIO Lt. Megan Cherinka.

CMF also hosted a family night in late October 2017 which also raised more than $7,400 to benefit fire victims. All funds were donated to the North Bay Fire Relief through Redwood Credit Union. The relief fund supports the immediate needs of community members most impacted by the North Bay fires, including:

  • Fire victims in the four counties affected — Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake — who have lost homes
  • First responders who lost homes while fighting fires and protecting our communities
  • Kids and schools (public and private) in the four counties impacted by the fires

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