Volunteers from all over the North Bay will be joining together to build and deliver 100 sheds in just one day, on June 9. The sheds will store tools and equipment for fire survivors who will be rebuilding their homes. Hope City staff, partners and volunteers will host the event at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, California from 8 am – 4 pm.
Teams of four to eight volunteers will be paired with a homeowner for the day; build the shed on site and deliver to the property as part of the day-long event. Sponsors include: North Bay Fire Relief Fund, The Press Democrat, Redwood Credit Union, State Senator Mike McGuire, Sonoma County Churches United Relief, Louisiana- Pacific Corporation, Kelseyville Lumber, Taiga Building Products, Economy Lock, Hope Crisis Response Network (Hope City) and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
Applications are still available for Sonoma County Fire Survivors who are interested in receiving one of the sheds. Homeowners can register at www.hopecityinspiringhope.org To qualify for a shed, a homeowner must have lost a home in the wildfire and not have insurance coverage for a replacement shed. Potential recipients must apply at the website www.hopecityinspiringhope.org
Homeowners must apply by May 25, 2018.
Larkfield residents, Richard and Linda Creekmore received a shed during the practice build in April. Homeowner Richard Creekmore said, "This shed is a Godsend to us right now, it’s the first step for getting back on our property. Storage is everything. As we get back to our property, we have a place for tools and for some personal property. Thank you so much!” Linda said, “Our daughter filled out the application for us and I’ve been looking forward to this shed since we heard we had been approved for one. This is the first improvement on our property.”
Local businesses, churches and civic groups are bringing teams to participate in the build. “We want to begin the process of rebuilding, a shed is just one small step toward rebuilding homes and our community,” said Hope City CEO Kevin Cox, “This event will bring volunteers and homeowners together and provide hope for these hurting families.”
Hope Crisis Response Network, Inc. received a grant from the North Bay Fire Fund to assist Sonoma County homeowners who lost their homes in the Tubbs Fire.
Volunteers are also needed for the build teams. Each team will bring basic building tools to the site and should have at least one team member who is able to read and follow the printed directions. Volunteers must pre-register at www.hopecityinspiringhope.org. Each team and homeowner member will receive a Peanuts themed “Inspiring Hope” t-shirt.
Donations from teams will be accepted and funds raised during the Inspiring Hope Shed Build will be used to purchase building materials for home rebuilds in Sonoma County. “We see a need for volunteer home builds in Sonoma County following these devastating fires,” said Cox. Plans are underway for volunteer housing and construction coordination to rebuild for homeowners who were uninsured or underinsured. The volunteer teams are being challenged to raise money for rebuilding costs for these families.
About Hope City: Hope City is a ministry of Hope Crisis Response Network, a non-profit organization providing disaster response and relief. Hope City has been operating in Lake County, California, rebuilding homes following the Valley Fire in September 2015 and plans to build homes in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well. Hope City coordinates volunteer teams who offer their time to rebuild for fire survivors. In 2017, Hope City volunteers provided over 14,000 hours of time.