209
209
6

Helping CALSSA members in Camp Fire

$27,000 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 215 people in 1 month
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Created November 9, 2018
California Solar & Storage Assoc.
on behalf of Elise De Grande
Dozens in our solar community have lost their homes in the Camp Fire up in Butte County.  These unlucky folks have some tough days ahead figuring out where they'll be staying, eating, when they can return to what's left of their homes, and how they can rebuild from there. While our member companies are doing all they can to take care of their own workers, when you lose everything but the clothes on your back, you simply can't get enough help.  So, on behalf of the CALSSA Board and staff, let's all come together as an industry to raise some extra funds to get them through the tough days ahead.  Every dollar collected here will go straight to these needy workers and their families, distributed via CALSSA to our members most heavily impacted by this fire.
+ Read More
We wanted to thank you once again for contributing to our relief fund and provide you with an update: Two weeks ago, with $21,000 raised, we cut checks to seven member companies who in total had 32 employees who had lost their home. Since then, we’ve raised another $6,000 and will be cutting another round of checks shortly. We’re also going to close down our fundraiser today, but if you know people that would still like to make a contribution, we suggest directing them to the relief fundraiser set by one of our member companies, Chico Electric. We’ve put a link below.

Finally, we wanted to let you know that we’ve heard directly from several of the recipients of our relief fund and can tell you they were both incredibly moved by the outpouring of generosity and appreciative of the help as they put their lives back together so, once again, a big heartfelt thanks from the entire CALSSA team for your contribution!
+ Read More
When we started this fundraiser a week ago, we weren’t sure how much we’d raise but with some back of the envelope calculations, $2,000 seemed reasonable. It fills us with pride that our solar community has now bested that total more than TEN TIMES OVER. Having spoken to our members up in that area, we can tell you firsthand that this outpouring of love and support means the world to these folks who have lost so much.

As a contributor to this fund, we wanted to share with you a remarkable story with you that came from Sunrun about a crew that went above and beyond the call of duty in response to the fires.

On November 8th, Ryan Parsons and his solar panel installation crew arrived at the Sunrun warehouse around 6 am and loaded up their trucks. and were on their way to a customer’s home to install a solar system by 6:15 am. Plugging the address into Google Maps, they settled in for the 90-minute drive to Paradise, California.

The weather that day was unusually windy, with gusts nearing 40 miles an hour. What the crew didn’t know was that shortly after they left that morning, a fire had started just miles from where they were headed, and that very wind was fueling it. As they drove closer to the customer’s home, the sky began to darken, even though it was an otherwise sunny day. They realized they were driving closer and closer to the fire. But even though some on the road were honking at them and urging them to turn around, they decided to check on their customer first.

When they arrived at the home, the customer’s daughter answered the door. She had woken up to the evacuation notice 5 minutes before and was still in her robe. Her 91-year-old mother was still asleep and her teenage daughter was just waking up.

Ryan and his team sprung into action, helping the family to quickly collect their belongings and load up their car. By the time they went outside, the sky started taking on a red glow and the team knew they had to leave immediately. They helped the women get into their car, squared away the last of their items and had the women follow their truck as they tried to drive back to safety. Going sometimes 60 in a 25 mile an hour zone, the caravan had multiple close calls on the road, including nearly hitting a car in front of them after a dog ran into the middle of the road.

Fortunately, everyone made it out of the danger, at which point they parted ways. Only 45 minutes after they left, the house burned down. You can see photos below of their arrival to the house and as they drove away.

It’s an amazing story and we thank and commend the Sunrun team for their selflessness and quick thinking to help a customer! You can continue to help this effort by sharing this donation page with others you know. Let’s keep doing our part to show the solar families impacted by this fire that our community has their back and is there to support them as they put their lives back together.
+ Read More
We've now raised over $12,500 to help those in the solar community impacted by the #CampFire! Thanks to those that contributed! If you haven't yet, please share this on social media so we can raise even more. These families need all the help they can get right now. To get a sense of how bad it was, see the video below of a solar crew that had to flee an install in Magalia.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$27,000 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 215 people in 1 month
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Created November 9, 2018
California Solar & Storage Assoc.
on behalf of Elise De Grande
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
BC
$140
Bernadette Del Chiaro
11 days ago
EH
$50
Emily Hwang
14 days ago
BR
$20
Bryan Rossiter
14 days ago
TB
$25
Tara Bono
15 days ago
DH
$200
Dan Hicks
16 days ago
KK
$100
Kelly Knutsen
16 days ago
LG
$50
Laura Gray
17 days ago
VK
$25
Veronika Kent
20 days ago
$100
Anonymous
20 days ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.