Helping Communities Prepare for and Respond to Wildfires and Other Disasters: PG&E Supports Local Nonprofits, American Red Cross
PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation Commit $1 Million to Local Nonprofit Disaster Relief and Recovery in 2022 and $750,000 to Red Cross
Oakland, Calif. — As fire crews continue to battle the Electra Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, and the Washburn Fire in Mariposa County, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and The PG&E Corporation Foundation (The Foundation) are providing charitable funding to local agencies and the American Red Cross (Red Cross) to help residents impacted by the fires.
More broadly this fire season, PG&E and The Foundation are committing $1 million in charitable funding to bolster wildfire preparedness, relief, and recovery efforts in PG&E’s service area. Funding will support local nonprofits and community-based organizations, and prioritize immediate response needs, food insecurity and support for youth, focused on underserved communities. This commitment supports PG&E’s and The Foundation’s goals of preparing communities for natural disasters and responding to hometowns in need.
As part of the Electra Fire response, The Foundation will contribute a total of $25,000 to the Amador Interfaith Food Bank, Calaveras County Resource Connection, and the Amador County Animal Response Team, a volunteer group that moves and shelters animals during emergencies.
“We are very thankful for the support The PG&E Corporation Foundation has provided to The Resource Connection Food Bank after the Electra Fire. Power outages resulting from the fire impacted thousands of households for multiple days in our community resulting in food spoilage. This can be devastating to families that already struggle with food insecurity. This generous donation will help us provide replacement food to those families,” said Tina Mather, Food Bank Director, The Resource Connection Food Bank.
“PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation are grateful to be able to support nonprofits and community-based organizations, and their tireless and compassionate volunteers, who help care for and ease the uncertainty of those impacted by wildfires. PG&E is using all the tools at our disposal to help prevent wildfires, and we appreciate those who step up to lend a helping hand when fires occur,” said Carla Peterman, PG&E Corporation Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer.
Ongoing Partnership with the American Red Cross
In addition to the $1 million commitment, PG&E and The Foundation are continuing their ongoing partnership with the Red Cross. PG&E is contributing $300,000 to the Red Cross for local disaster and emergency response efforts in PG&E’s service area, including providing emergency shelter. This funding will help with the Red Cross’ work in response to disasters large and small, including the Electra and Washburn fires. Separately, The Foundation is providing $450,000 to the Red Cross for safety education and outreach. PG&E and The Foundation have provided charitable support for the Red Cross for more than 10 years for disaster relief, education, and outreach.
“For many years, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation have partnered with the Red Cross to deliver critical services to families and communities across California,” said Hanna Malak, Regional CEO of the Red Cross Northern California Region. “Thanks to PG&E’s support, Red Cross teams can provide comfort and care when and where it is needed most.”
Additional Disaster Relief Support
PG&E and The Foundation also committed $250,000 to winter storm relief, much of which was dedicated to efforts in the Sierra Foothills earlier this year following a destructive winter storm.
All of these charitable donations come from PG&E shareholders and other sources, not PG&E customers.
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