This author Travis Cox has created 47 entries.

28 Aug

The Many Roles of Volunteers

Wildfires have become a constant in the western part of the US. So much so that it can become overwhelming to watch the news and see another disaster strike a community. In Northern California, the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire have created a devastating example of what disaster looks like. These fires have lead to several thousands of people being evacuated from their homes. As of this writing, the Carr Fire in Redding has destroyed over 1,000 homes....

09 Aug

Mendocino Complex and Carr Fires

Currently, there are several large fires raging in Northern California, our team is working long hours to provide assistance and training. However, the increased need has put a strain on our camp and staff. We need your help! The Medocino Complex Fire is the largest in state history, and the Carr fire has destroyed over 1,000 homes.  As of this writing, our staff and volunteers have been focusing our efforts on the emergency shelters and immediate needs. You can help,...

06 Aug

Congratulations AmeriCorps Teams!

We’d like to congratulate the AmeriCorps teams we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this year on their recent graduation from the program! For the past two years, Hope City and North Coast Opportunities, Inc. have been program sponsors for AmeriCorps teams from the Pacific Region. This program provides a ten month service opportunity for young people ages 18-24 as they work with non-profit organizations across the region. This year, we hosted three teams at the Hope City Dorm in Middletown. CEO...

06 Aug

Planning a Volunteer Team

Planning a volunteer trip takes quite a bit of coordinating, and you’ll likely have many skilled people ready to work. Making sure your group is putting their time and talents to good use is our top priority. That’s why we at Hope City decided to give you a little insight into how we do things at our camp. Our promise to you and your team is Good Work, Good Rest and Good Food! Our first promise to you is Good Work....

06 Aug

A Brief Update on Redding

We sent out an update on the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire on Friday. Today, we want to follow up with some information on what we’ve been doing while these fires have pushed many out of their homes. Our volunteers have been helping out at the emergency shelters, serving meals and helping distribute items as necessary. In addition to serving, we’ve been making deliveries to the shelters across Lake County. Each site has it’s own specific needs, and our...

25 Jun

The AmeriCorps Crew

“I wanted to spend a year doing service.” Bree Dion is team leader for the AmeriCorps crew currently stationed at our home base in Middletown, California. The team is made up of 11 18-24 year olds who have all decided they wanted to give back to communities affected by natural disasters. This team is a part of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC. The program consists of three rounds spent around the country in various capacities. Bree’s team is in...

21 Jun

Pimentals Move In

“This home is my Mother’s Day gift” said Maria Pimental as she wiped tears from her eyes.  Maria and her husband, Salvador and their two sons who were living with them, lost their home and all their possessions when the Valley Fire swept through Middletown in September 2015.  For several months, they lived with their son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Laura and their son, Benji.  Just weeks after the fire, Laura learned she was pregnant with twins. Needless to say it’s...