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North Bay Fires: Nelson Team Unites

Posted On10/18/2017

ContributorTracy Fischer

Over the past two weeks, we at Nelson have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our North Bay team members, families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. While we’ve witnessed a tremendous amount of devastation and loss, we’ve also been lucky to be a part of communities pulling together to help one another.

The Nelson teams are no exception. Without hesitation, across Northern California, Nelson offices and employees have joined their collegaues and neighbors to help wherever possible – donating to funds and shelters supporting evacuees, reaching out personally to those in affected areas, and volunteering their time at shelters and other places that need an extra set of hands to pitch in this week.

We at Nelson are pleased to announce a commitment of $100,000 from the Nelson Family and company to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief efforts. In partnership with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, this group has raised more than $9 million so far to help our North Bay Communities – funds that are cruciual not only now for immediate evacuee support and rehousing needs, but also over the next several months and even years as our communities begin to rebuild.

If you would like to join us in contributing, we encourage you to visit the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund website. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% will go directly to support those affected. When you donate, you can choose to support any of the four counties affected: Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake. You may also designate “all” and your funds will be equally distributed among all four counties.

Caring About Clients and Contract Workers: Emergency Call Center

Immediately upon hearing about the enormous impact of the fires, the Nelson team sprang into action. Though our Sonoma headquarters and branches in Santa Rosa, Napa, and Fairfield were intermittently closed due to fire danger, teams throughout the Bay Area rallied to support those teams and all our workers and clients impacted. Our Petaluma office turned into an emergency call center, where our teams reached out to employees and clients across the area, making sure everyone was safe – and making sure there was no disruption to payroll despite the closure of our corporate office. The San Francisco Business Times covered the Nelson team’s efforts; read more on the SF Business Times website.

A Team United by Action

Throughout the past week, individual Nelson teams and employees have done all they can to support the fire relief efforts. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Nelson’s Petaluma office not only served as an emergency call center for all four offices that closed, they also helped with fire relief efforts. Monica Ramirez volunteered at a community collection and distribution center, providing crucial Spanish-language support to assist families in getting the supplies they needed. And when the donation center needed urgent help to move to a larger facility, Nelson reached out to our colleagues, and our friends at Straus Family Creamery pitched in immediately to help, providing a truck and driver. Thank you, Straus Family Creamery!

Nelson’s Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill offices rallied a tremendous amount of support, donating 6 SUVs filled to the roofs with 10,000 pounds of cleaning supplies, hygeine products, baby supplies, pet food and toys, gift cards, etc. A special thanks to Shahla Sandoval and Shirine Tavakol, Taylor Andres (and her parents, Michele and Tim McCarthy), Debby Deterer, Teri Barnett, Todd Witkin, and the rest of the Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton Teams for all you’ve done! Also, a special thanks to Rita Deitos in Southern California who helped coordinate an overnight package from our So-Cal friends to help.

Nelson’s Campbell office is collecting supplies for fire victims through Friday, October 20th. If you’d like to contribute, please drop off donations of new clothing, toiletries, or baby supplies to 1901 S. Bascom, Ste. 700 in Campbell. Thanks to Nikki Petty for coordinating!

Nelson’s corporate office employees in Sonoma volunteered for a variety of causes. Ryanne Mandileras served a donated meal to veterans in Yountville, and Tracy Fischer helped sort and distribute supplies at the Napa Valley College evacuee center.

Nelson’s San Rafael office helped in a variety of different ways. Team members purchased new socks, underwear, and personal products to help those who left their homes with only the clothing on their backs. Other team members gave their time in evacuation centers, passing out items and supporting where needed. One employee even went to a site near Bodega Bay and distributed items to workers who were fearful of going to evacuation centers because of documentation concerns.

Nelson’s Santa Rosa office is helping to find volunteers for the Emergency Operations Center in Santa Rosa. Many are also volunteering!

Check out the photos of how Nelson’s employees came together to give to our friends in need in the North Bay:

While these efforts are tremendous, we realize that much work and resources will be necessary to rebuild our North Bay communities. Nelson is here for our friends and neighbors. We’re not going anywhere – together, we will rebuild our communities.

Join Nelson in supporting the rebuilding of our North Bay neighborhoods and businesses by making your own donation to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund below.

Donate to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund