Rebuild NorthBay awards grant to Glen Ellen Forum to benefit fire survivors
Kathy and Mike Witkowski are recent recipients of landscaping funds from a Rebuild NorthBay Foundation grant to the Glen Ellen forum. Photo by Margie Foster.
The Rebuild NorthBay Foundation recently awarded a second Community Grant to the Glen Ellen Forum. The $4,800 grant will provide gift certificates for local nurseries to the 16 fire survivors who were not randomly selected in the landscape lottery the GE Forum held last fall. “Their names remained on the waiting list,” said Margie Foster, the outgoing Treasurer and founding member of the Glen Ellen Forum Board of Directors. “We very much wanted to fulfill all of the requests for the nursery gift certificates. The need was real, as was evidenced by the number of applications we received. Thank you to Rebuild NorthBay for allowing the Glen Ellen Forum to help our friends and neighbors, from Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and Bennett Valley.”
In total, the Glen Ellen Forum received over $26,000 in grants from Rebuild NorthBay, Beltane Ranch, The Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood, and the United Way Wine Country to directly benefit those who lost their homes in the 2017 wildfires.
In addition to the landscape gift certificates, the Forum used the grant money to purchase and distribute 33 storage sheds in 2018. These sheds enabled property owners to securely store items as they rebuilt their homes. The 27 landscape lottery applicants received nursery gift certificates to replace trees, shrubs and plants that they lost in the 2017 fires. Urban Tree Farm and Sonoma Wholesale Nursery offered additional generous discounts to the gift certificate awardees.