Rotary Helping Students Rebound

$33,283 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 267 people in 26 days
Created November 22, 2018
Update 4-Dec: Sorry I haven’t posted an update recently, but we’ve been working nonstop to achieve what a lot of people thought was impossible.  Thanks to all of you we’ve made an incredible impact, but I’m going to ask one more time for you to share this with your 5 most generous friends — and ask them to pass it on to 5 of their friends — as we still have a lot of students who need help.  If we can raise $20-30K in the next few days (which we did in the last few) then we can make sure every student who needs supplies can get them.

For Paradise and other families and teachers affected by the fires, MORE SUPPLIES ARE ON THE WAY!  We distributed over 1,200 back-to-school kits and backpacks to kids yesterday at Durham Elementary (for Pondersosa students), Bird Elementary (for Paradise Elementary students), and at the Chico Mall for Middle and High School students.  Tomorrow we are receiving supplies for 1,200 more kits and will get them to the students and schools by the end of the week.

Please pass this word on to families that you know that are re-enrolling their kids in classes, and especially for them to ask their teachers to contact us at RotaryStudentFund@gmail.com to let us know what schools have students who need supplies.  Being able to relieve the stress of back-to-school shopping is at least as valuable as the monetary donation.  This was passed on by an Assistant Principal at one of the Paradise schools:

"This means more to our students and families than you can possibly imagine.  One mother of five kids came up to me in tears.  She was so happy that she wasn't going to have to figure out all of this on her own.  Not only does this save these families money, but it saves them the stress of going out and getting everything while trying to figure out everything else in their personal life."

Please see our latest update here on GFMe for more information.  And thank you all so much for your support!


Your help passing along this campaign is the single most important thing you can do after donating. 
Please let everyone you know what we are trying to achieve and give them the link to this site.  We've secured discounts of of 50-70% so the value every dollar donated is automatically doubled if not tripled in how many school supplies it will buy.

Original note posted on Thanksgiving:

Please note: This effort is directly connected with Butte County School Superintendents.  We are focused on providing school supplies to the more than 3,000 students affected by the wildfires in Northern California.  See below for more details.

We already have almost $5,000 in commitments from state-wide Rotary groups and other organizations, and dozens of individuals already have purchased 500 quality backpacks of assorted designs.  We have already ordered and will be receiving more than $10,000 in school supplies at a very deep discount from Staples and other companies.  THANK YOU STAPLES!!!

Rotary Clubs across Butte County and the rest of the state are working the Butte County School Superintendents to help get the more than 3,000 kids affected by the devastating Camp Fire back to school.  

Almost all of the schools in the Camp Fire area were destroyed or heavily damaged.  All of these students from K-12 are being enrolled in surviving schools throughout the county.

If you'd like to contribute to our cause please do so with the Donate button at the top of this page.  If you'd like to donate by check, please send to:

Durham Rotary Foundation
PO Box 383
Durham, CA  95938

A tip on maximizing your donation: Companies often match employee contributions, please check if yours does so you can maximize your donation.   Also, if you’d like to donate a large amount (over $500) please consider sending a check to the below address so we can minimize processing fees.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

All donations are tax deductible through the Rotary Club of Durham Foundation, a registered 501(3)c charity.  To qualify for tax deductible status you may need the Federal EIN number: 30-0042448.

If you would like to contact us please do so either through GoFundMe or at: RotaryStudentFund@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your support, and #ButteStrong forever!

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As we cross more than 2,000 back-to-school kits delivered I wanted to send a huge shout out to my partner in crime on this project, my sister Renee Hutchings.

While I’ve been navigating the fundraising, ordering, and communications, her and her amazing team at Green Gold Ranch have been turning pallet after pallet of bulk orders from Staples and Amazon into awesome supply kits for kids ranging K-12.

We’ve now purchased more than $40,000 in supplies and have distributed that — as well as at least 1,000 donated backpacks — and the response has been amazing. All the teachers, faculty, and students are blown away at the quality and organization of what we’ve been able to do.

Thanks a million sis, couldn’t have done it without you!!!
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Yesterday was incredible. We distributed over 1,200 back-to-school kits and backpacks to kids yesterday at Durham Elementary (for Pondersosa students), Bird Elementary (for Paradise Elementary students), and at the Chico Mall for Middle and High School students. Here are some pictures from the Chico Mall where there were also Chromebooks being handed out (AMAZING WORK BY CHICOSTART AND NAVIGATION NORTH), and there was tons of local and national news coverage. (Please post links to news articles you may have seen below!)

We also delivered 500+ kits and backpacks to Durham Elementary (receiving Ponderosa students) and Bird Elementary in Oroville (receiving Paradise Elementary students).

MORE SUPPLIES ARE ON THE WAY! We’ve ordered another 1,200 kits for K-12 that we will package and get to schools by the end of this week. Please tell your friends and teachers with #CampFire kids that we will have supplies at Cedarwood, Chico USD (schools TBD), and more at Durham and Bird by the end of this week.

Please share this again and again! We’ve raised a ton of money so far but right now I’m buying ahead of the curve of whats in the bank account because I have faith in all of you and the universe. We raised over $25,000 in just three days, if you can all help me do that just one last time then we can get all these kids taken care of. Just listen to the kind of impact we’re having for the families:

"Thank you so much for everything you are doing Rand. This means more to our students and families than you can possibly imagine. One mother of five kids came up to me in tears. She was so happy that she wasn't going to have to figure out all of this on her own. Not only does this save these families money, but it saves them the stress of going out and getting everything while trying to figure out everything else in their personal life."

Thank you all and #ButteStrong forever!!
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I simply can not believe the response we're getting, thank you so much AND PLEASE KEEP SHARING!! This page is getting out beyond the immediate affected area of donors to kind and generous people throughout the country. Every penny helps, and anything you can do to tell your friends, friends of friends, and other generous contacts about it will help even more.

On a side note, I happened to be in Houston yesterday for work (yes, I still have a real job..at a frickin amazing company, Box). Was talking with locals there about Hurricane Harvey and realized some disturbing truths. The #CampFire fallout is actually bigger than Hurricane Harvey in absolute terms, and almost 50x worse relative to the surrounding areas ability to cope.

I absolutely hate posting stats like these but I think they are relevant if you’re trying to explain the magnitude of the need to friends who are outside of Northern California:
* Harvey displaced something like 30,000 people to temporary shelter, CampFire has displaced more than 52,000
* 135,000 homes damaged in Harvey, compared to 14,000 (so far) in paradise, but see note below on the relative impact to the surrounding area
* Harvey’s death toll was 88, sadly we have just equaled that and I’m afraid its not done

All of this is bad enough from an absolute numbers perspective, but its completely daunting if you look at it from the relative ability of the surrounding area to compensate. Butte County's total population is below 250,000, Houston’s metro area is more than 6 MILLION. That means that in Houston there was was half of one percent of the population displaced into shelters. The fires around Paradise caused MORE THAN 20% OF OUR COUNTY TO FLEE THEIR HOMES. Pretty much all of them are still evacuated, and most lost everything.

The good news in all of this is that our relatively small size means that you can make a big impact. Through great generosity at major retailers like Staples we can outfit a K-3rd grader with a back-to-school kit for about $11 (which would cost a family $30-40 to buy the same high quality supplies at retail), and $28 for the 1,000 High Schoolers (easily $100+ over the counter). More importantly, we’re able to take this one thing off the plate of families who are rebuilding their lives from scratch.

This is a dramatically gigantic natural disaster, in an area that was already scraping by (anyone want compare GDP of Houston to Butte County?). Please we need your friends, and their friends help.

#ButteStrong forever.

Butte County and Houston facts from Wikipedia. All Harvey data from: https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/hurricane-harvey-facts

PS the first $15,000 in supplies arrived at our packing facility in Durham (see photo), they are being organized and delivered to the schools receiving children this week. This is the tip of the iceberg for whats needed, so please help out.
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So this is what $12,000 in school supplies looks like! Staples just dropped off 6 pallets at our packing facility in Durham and the packing team is sorting through things and getting ready to assemble the first 500 kits.

PLEASE HELP US SUPPLY THE OTHER 3,000 STUDENTS!!! In the past 24 hours we've talked to a couple of large donors that may be able to help out. If we can raise $10,000 on GoFundMe in the next 24 hours I think we can get everything ready for when the kids go back to school next Monday Dec 3rd!

Even if you've donated, please re-post and consider sharing directly in email with your friends. We've started trending on GoFundMe so even having people just /look/ at the page will increase the visibility. THANKS SO MUCH!!! #ButteStrong
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$33,283 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 267 people in 26 days
Created November 22, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Rotary Club of Durham Foundation
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Durham, CA
EIN: 300042448
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