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Humboldt Supports Claudia Portillo

$9,710 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 9 months
Created June 12, 2018
Billy Cook
on behalf of Nancy Leila Roberts

6/20/19 Update: In order to provide additional assurance to the contributors to this campaign for Claudia Portillo and our commitment to transparency, please see the following:

Nancy Leila Roberts is a community member and True North volunteer who is assisting  with this fundraiser. She is a friend of Claudia Portillo and her family. Nancy Leila Roberts will be withdrawing the funds on behalf of Claudia. Claudia has asked the Nancy Leila Roberts hold the funds until she can reopen a bank account. Once this is done, the funds will be transfered directly in to Claudia's account via electronic transfer or check. Thank you.

-Billy Cook

6/19/18 Update: Good news! With the generous support of the Humboldt County and global community, Claudia will be coming home to her family this week!

Unexpected news: Claudia’s bond was $12,000. This was 2 1/2 times the lawyer’s high estimate. For the time being this go fund me will remain open. Many thanks to you all! ❤️❤️❤️

The goal of this fundraiser is to support travel costs for Claudia's family to attend her bond hearing this Monday, June 18, 2018. Any additional funds will go towards Claudia's bond. After waiting for seven months for any news about Claudia's case, her family now has only one week to raise funds for this event. If you do not know Claudia Portillo, please continue reading the brief narrative below and click the link to read more about her story.

Nexus. The story of Claudia Portillo has limitless connections: family, community, dogs. Claudia's story is ultimately one of a mother being taken from her children to spend the last seven months in a detention center waiting for any good news. To learn the background of Claudia's experience, you should read this article and perhaps look up more online: https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/jun/13/humboldters-travel-south-support-detained-mckinley/

Claudia's story is about a woman who is missing from her community that she contributes to and helps to make a better place. This fundraising campaign is about a community showing up to support one of their own. Do you know someone who goes to adopt a dog, only to come home with a litter of 12? Then, takes the time to find good homes for all of them? That is Claudia Portillo! We all know someone like Claudia and we know that people like her make our community a better place.

As a community we can all show support for Claudia Portillo, her four daughters and family, her friends, and her three dogs. Please make a donation to this campaign if you can afford to. Please share this campaign as well! Share! Share! Share! This woman has supported this community and now it is time for the community to support Claudia Portillo. Please note: The cost of the bond has been estimated based on the information from Claudia's lawyer. Any funds collected above the actual costs and/or goal will go directly to Claudia and her family so that they can start getting their lives back to normal. [This GoFundMe is being co-coordinated by Billy Cook, Nancy Leila Roberts, and the family of Claudia Portillo.]

Thank you!

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Dear Community Supporters of Claudia Portillo,

I, Billy Cook, would like to thank the myriad community supporters that have contributed to this GoFundMe campaign for Claudia Portillo and her family. We had less than a week’s notice to gather the funds for the costs of attending the bond hearing on 6/18/18 that Claudia’s lawyer had estimated (on the high end) to be $5,000. At that time, the GoFundMe had exceeded its goal of $7,000 but was still significantly short of the $12,000 in funds needed.

Things continued to come together rather quickly in support of Claudia Portillo and her family. Within just a few minutes of hearing this news an anonymous member of the community stepped in to cover the cost of the $12,000 bond. What I just learned this Monday, June 25, is that this donor decided to gift this to the family rather than contribute any portion of it as a loan. What this means is that the entire sum of donations gathered on the GoFundMe, as well as the cash donations, will go directly to Claudia and her family.

In order to provide additional checks-and-balances and transparency through segregation of duties, Nancy Leila Roberts, has assisted with the withdrawal of the GoFundMe funds on behalf of Claudia Portillo. This was necessary, due to Claudia being detained and unable to assist in this regard. As the organizer of this GoFundMe campaign on behalf of Claudia Portillo, I, Billy Cook, have not and will not seek reimbursement for any expenses incurred for this endeavor.

This battle is over, for now, but the struggle continues for countless others. Immediately after learning of their personal victory, Claudia’s sister Jenny provided this inspiring interview that underscores the reality that many continue to face. https://www.facebook.com/TrueNorthON/videos/2036075529985688/

Please stay engaged on this topic and within your community as well. Go to that meeting that you heard about, but probably wouldn’t otherwise go to. (That’s how this GoFundme got started….)

This Saturday, June 30th, please gather with us at 10am at the Madaket Plaza in Old Town, Eureka at the end of C St. This event will be in conjunction with the Families Belong Together marches that are planned on this day nationwide. Here’s a link with more information: https://kymkemp.com/2018/06/28/local-residents-holding-families-belong-together-rally-in-eureka-this-saturday/

Gratitude,
Billy Cook
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Important updates below! I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Humboldt County and global community for their support of this cause! Every contribution makes a difference, there is no such thing as a "small" donation. Thank you all for your support! <3

6/19/19 Update: Claudia's daughters drove down to Bakersfield and have been reunited with their mother. Happy tears! This was only possible because of your support! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! <3

6/20/19 Update: In order to provide additional assurance to the contributors to this campaign for Claudia Portillo and our commitment to transparency, please see the following:

Nancy Leila Roberts is a community member and True North volunteer who is assisting with this fundraiser. She is a friend of Claudia Portillo and her family. Nancy Leila Roberts will be withdrawing the funds on behalf of Claudia. Claudia has asked the Nancy Leila Roberts hold the funds until she can reopen a bank account. Once this is done, the funds will be transferred directly in to Claudia's account via electronic transfer or check. Thank you.

-Billy Cook
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Just want to share a big thank you! than I hope reaches all of those who have donated or shared this message! I'm behind on sending out personal thank yous on GoFundMe at the moment. Please continue to share!

THANK YOU ALL!!! <3
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$9,710 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 9 months
Created June 12, 2018
Billy Cook
on behalf of Nancy Leila Roberts
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