WHEN:FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHAT: HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS – Supplies for Evacuees

WHERE: Starting at VOA office 3434 Marconi Ave. Sacramento | Ending at Evacuation Shelter in Petaluma


INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE with Organization Representatives, Community Volunteers & Fire Victims

SACRAMENTO, CA - Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada (VOA) put the call out to their staff and supporters Thursday afternoon, and within minutes had donations coming in to start-up their Emergency Fire Fund.By the end of the work day the fund had hit $3000 and the community outreach team was shopping even while the fund continued to grow! 100% of the donations are going to purchase and delivering needed supplies to those evacuated from the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties. All of the VOA staff knows at least one person who has been evacuated or has lost their home due to the tragic fires; and just as our VOA affiliates in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico stepped in to aid those in need during the recent hurricane, VOA here in Northern California will push forward to provide a helping hand wherever possible for those affected by the fires.

Media is welcome to ride along as supplies are caravanned to an emergency shelter in the Petaluma area. VOANCNN has been in touch with local officials and other lead organizations as well as numerous church and community contacts in the affected areas to identify items needed as well as a location for delivery where items are critically needed.

Socks, underwear, t-shirts, bras, diapers, wipes, flash lights, trash bags, storage boxes, paper, pencils, tooth brushes, tooth paste, tissues and dog food were bought on this first shopping run with the donations collected.

But much more is still needed. As fire conditions remain dire in Northern California this week, the VOA Emergency Fire Fund remains open for donations and additional deliveries are being planned. Donations can be made at www.voa-ncnn.org or TEXT ‘VOAfirehelp’ to 71777.


About Volunteers of America

Founded locally in 1911, the Northern California & Northern Nevada office of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region from Santa Cruz, California to Sparks, Nevada. VOA-NCNN operates more than 50 programs including: homeless services; homeless shelters; substance abuse treatment and recovery services; employment services; senior veteran and youth services; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; and low income housing. In fact, Volunteers of America provides shelter or housing to nearly 1,800 men, women and children every night in the Greater Sacramento area alone. Nationally, Volunteers of America helps more than 2.5 million people annually in more than 400 communities.