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Our hearts and thoughts go out to the many students, fellow educators and families impacted by the fires that raged through California. In the Santa Rosa area alone, nearly 40 CTA members have lost their homes, with over 100 members losing their homes in several Northern California counties. 

In addition to Grants from CTA's Disaster Relief Fund, and support for policy-holders from CTA's endorsed insurance company, California Casualty, the Redwood Service Center Council has started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $20,000, and the Santa Rosa Teachers Association has started a YouCaring Fund, which has generated nearly $36,000 to date - and they've created a page specifically to help educators who have lost their homes or need classroom supplies

Free replacement laptops: Sonoma County educators, support staff and students who lost their laptop computers in the fires can get free replacements from the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) in a program run by SCOE and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. Just email your request to helpdesk@scoe.org to start the process. Questions can be answered by Angie Duplicki, a SCOE information technology support technician, at 707-524-8324. See a news story here.

Educators still mobilizing to help: This Nov. 20 CTA news release reminds how CTA and North Bay teachers continue to help educators , students and parents in the burn zones.

The California Department of Insurance is offering tips to those who have lost their homes in the wildfires and are filing insurance claims. Read more.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the first responders, including the California Professional Firefighters and members of the California State Firefighters Association, who are on the line for all of us.

In addition to the highlighted resources above, you can help victims of the California fires by donating to any of the below-listed sites: 

 California Labor Federation

 SEIU Disaster Relief Fund

 Teamsters Solidarity Fund

 California Fire Foundation

 North Bay Fire Relief  

 Northern California Grantmakers 

 Northern California Fire Fund (Silicon Valley Community Foundation) 

 The Salvation Army 

 United Way of the Wine Country 

 American Red Cross 

 Center for Volunteering and Nonprofit Leadership 

 Go Fund a Hero - For firefighters who've lost their homes

 North Coast Opportunities - Serving Lake County

 Community Foundation of Mendocino County: Disaster Donation Page

 Community Foundation of Sonoma County: Resiliency Donation Page 

 Napa Valley Community Foundation: Fire Donation Page 

 United Way Bay Area - Serving Napa County

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