The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved reactivation of the Disaster Relief Fund at its meeting on March 31, 2020, a fund it initially established in response to September 11, 2001. It has been reactivated numerous times in response to tragedies including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Northern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami in 2011, the fatal Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland in 2016 and the 2018 California wildfires.
Due to the enormous and varied needs facing the community and the health care systems at this time, the county has established two separate funds:
The first is the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund that will provide needed services to those directly affected by the pandemic. All monetary contributions will assist residents that are directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will provide emergency relief to families, youth and seniors that may need assistance. Support will include needs such as emergency childcare, shelter and food aid, personal protective equipment, continuation of client benefits, emergency relief for community-based partners and other services directly related to combatting the pandemic.
The second is the Disaster Relief Recovery Fund that will accept cash donations to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies to assist those fighting the pandemic, such as first responders, emergency workers and health care providers. Donations will be accepted from individuals, philanthropy and businesses.
Please note that donors must designate either the Emergency Relief Fund or Recovery Relief Fund along with your donations.
Find out more about how Alameda County Employees care for their community outside of their regular duties as county employees. Our goal with ACGOV Cares is to highlight our peers, as well as encourage those in the public to join us in our efforts by offering platforms for volunteering and donating at http://acgovcares.org/.