Videomaker Camp Fire Relief Fund

$6,695 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 98 people in 2 months
Created November 13, 2018
Videomaker and One Mobile Projector per Trainer are seeking support for coworkers, contributors and community members impacted by the Camp Fire


On Thursday, November 8th the city of Paradise was struck by what is now the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in California history. As of today, the following Tuesday, 7,600 structures have been destroyed, the vast majority of which are people's’ homes. The blaze has consumed 125,000 acres and is only 30% contained. Forty-two people have lost their lives and 200 remain missing. The blaze continues to threaten nearby cities including Chico , located right at the fire’s western edge.

 
Serving the video making community for 30 years, Videomaker has found an incredibly supportive home in Chico, California. This community has also allowed One Mobile Projector per Trainer (OMPT) to grow from a dream by Videomaker’s founder into an organization that provides aid to neglected populations throughout the developing world. The small-town closeness of Chico and Paradise has never been as apparent as it has the past few days.

Videomaker and OMPT Staff members are hosting friends and family displaced by the fire. Business are opening their doors to evacuees. Food and clothing drives are overflowing with supplies. Chico might not be the tech hotspot one might expect for an international magazine like Videomaker or a nonprofit like OMPT, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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The impact of this blaze has been felt throughout the local community, including the shared offices of Videomaker and OMPT. A quarter of our staff have been displaced by the fire and several lost their homes. In an effort to do our part in providing support for our community, Videomaker and OMPT are asking for donations for our co workers impacted by this devastating blaze. Any money raised will go directly towards supporting affected Videomaker and OMPT staff, contributors and community members.

All donations are tax deductible, and go directly to the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation before being distributed to those with the greatest need. 100% of the funds will go directly to victims of the Camp Fire.

Even if you’re unable to contribute financially, simply sharing this campaign and message among your friends and family can go a long way.

With all of our heartfelt gratitude and thanks,
Videomaker and OMPT staff
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Update 1
Posted by Matthew York
28 days ago
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Hello everyone.

Thank you all very much for donating to our Camp Fire Fund. Today we're taking steps to distribute the first batch of funds to those in need.

Our co-workers and friends still haven't settled into permanent housing, some still living out of hotel rooms. California is already undergoing a housing crisis, and now the entire rental market has been flooded with evacuees with no home to return to.

Paradise just lifted the evacuation order this last weekend, so many of us got to see the damage with our own eyes for the first time. It wasn't pretty.

Last year, the Tubs Fire destroyed 2,800 homes in Santa Rosa. In the year since, 60 have been rebuilt. Paradise lost 14,000 homes. Needless to say, the road to recovery will be a long one.

Thankfully everyone in the Videomaker community who is affected is safe and healthy. Our staff continues to come to work every day, smiling and full of energy. We're very lucky to have such a dedicated team.

If you'd like to contribute more, the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation is encouraging everyone to use this link rather than through GoFundMe.

Funds will arrive quicker and PayPal will not request a contribution, as GoFundMe does.

You can confirm its legitimacy by noting the link's presence on Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation's Camp Fire home page here: https://www.goldenvalley.bank/Community-Foundation.aspx

You'll find the same link part way down the page as "Videomaker." Like your contributions to the GoFundMe campaign, donations through that paypal link are tax deductible.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We're extremely proud of our online community, and are humbled by your generosity.

-Videomaker
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$6,695 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 98 people in 2 months
Created November 13, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation
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Chico, CA
EIN: 208398003
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