Sonoma County Wild Fire - Help 40 Families in Need

Sonoma County Wild Fire - Help 40 Families in Need

From Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora

We are raising money to families as they try to come back on their feet. These families are the ones who lost their homes and are truly in need of support (low income, single parent, no or limited insurance, 3+ kids,...

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Update #10

9 months ago

Hello All,

Hopefully you all are gearing up for Christmas Holidays. With all your kind support and love so far, we have raised over $104,000 and we are hoping to reach our goal of $120,000 in coming days. As of today, we have helped 30 families ($90,000 distributed) and we are not stopping.

It been a heart-breaking experience for both Mithun and I talking to these families and knowing their financial difficulties and hardships. However, it’s been humbling to see smiles and joy on the faces of these families with our small help. A big thank you to our generous 215 donors spanned across 5+ countries.

Lastly, we do have more applications than we can help, so if you or your friends/family want to donate in this holiday season, please consider our campaign. Thank You and wishing you all Happy Holidays….!!

https://fundly.com/sonoma-county-wild-fire-help-10-families-in-need

We MAKE A LIVING
BY WHAT WE GET
BUT WE MAKE A LIFE
BY WHAT WE GIVE
- Winston Churchill

Thank you,
Romil & Mithun

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Hello, this is Romil Rambhia and Mithun Vora representing the North Bay Indo-American Association (NBIAA) which is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization (tax id: 61-1737522). We are two friends who started our post-education journeys (first job, social circle, marriage, house, kids) in the beautiful Santa Rosa (Sonoma county) and continue to have deep roots in the community here while working at Medtronic, Inc.

As you all are aware, our town and county has been devastated by the recent wildfires in the north bay. While we are fortunate that our families and homes are safe, many folks were not so fortunate. Sudden and ravaging wildfires gave them just a few minutes to get out of their homes and save their lives. Thankfully their lives were saved, but they lost their home and every single belonging they had to the unsympathetic fire. Kid’s toys, precious photographs, favorite clothes/shoes, trophies, valentine gifts, furniture, jewelry, mementos from trips, kitchen essentials, etc were burnt to the ashes. On top of agony of losing everything, how can someone explain to their kids that their house disappeared overnight and so did their entire neighborhood. The re-building effort is going to take multiple years.

Currently, there is a lot of outpouring and love from all over to help these suffering families which is fantastic but in the next 2-3 weeks as “things move on”, the most vulnerable amongst us will need a helping hand.  We are aware of the reality on the ground. We want to select and support ~40 families by providing monetary help as they try to come back on their feet. We will be looking for families who having lost their homes and are truly in need of support (low income, single parent, no or limited insurance, 3+ kids, health issues or death etc). We will only select families if we personally know them or have a strong reference from our social network here. 

We initially started with $25,000/10 family goal, but looking at the positive response from across the world, have raised it to a $120,000 goal to support ~40 families with a minimum of $3000 per family. Together Romil and I donated the first $2500 ourselves to kickstart this effort. Any amount is appreciated. Please help these suffering families to come back on their feet again.

Thank you!

Romil & Mithun

#sonomacountyproud

PS: If we are unable to find families and/or if any excess funds remain, the additional money will be donated to the Redwood Credit Union which is also a non-profit bank directly involved in re-building the impacted Sonoma county community.

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #14

Hello All,

Hopefully you all are gearing up for Christmas Holidays. With all your kind support and love so far, we have raised over $104,000 and we are hoping to reach our goal of $120,000 in coming days. As of today, we have helped 30 families ($90,000 distributed) and we are not stopping.

It been a heart-breaking experience for both Mithun and I talking to these families and knowing their financial difficulties and hardships. However, it’s been humbling to see smiles and joy on the faces of these families with our small help. A big thank you to our generous 215 donors spanned across 5+ countries.

Lastly, we do have more applications than we can help, so if you or your friends/family want to donate in this holiday season, please consider our campaign. Thank You and wishing you all Happy Holidays….!!

https://fundly.com/sonoma-county-wild-fire-help-10-families-in-need

We MAKE A LIVING
BY WHAT WE GET
BUT WE MAKE A LIFE
BY WHAT WE GIVE
- Winston Churchill

Thank you,
Romil & Mithun

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #13

Hi folks,
Hopefully all of you had a good 'Thanksgiving' break with your families and friends.
Here's a quick update from our efforts here in Santa Rosa.

Thanks to your generous donations, we have raised over $100,000. This from 200+ donors spread across 5+ countries. Our target is $120,000 so we still have some work to do there.

Over the Thanksgiving week, we were able to help 13 more families with $3000 each to bring the total to 25 families helped ($75,000 distributed). Through basically word of mouth we have been able to help low-income, single parent, multiple dependents and income-loss families from various neighborhoods (Coffee Park, Fountaingrove, Larkfield, Mark west, Sonoma, Kenwood and even Clear Lake).

Thank you,
Romil & Mithun

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #12

An Anonymous Business just supported us with $15,000. Just this donation will support 5 families alone !! We are so grateful. We are few dollars shy from our goal so please don't be shy in helping us help others !! We have raised over 99K and not stopping. As of today, we have already helped 18 families as such given out $54,000. Thank you !!!

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #10

Thank you all for your generous donations. As of this morning, we have raised over $80,000 and still counting. We have already helped 12 families with $3000 each. As such, we have already given out $36,000 and we are not stopping. Every story is humbling and surreal. Every day we will highlight one story on our cover page of Fundly.com campaign.

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #6

In support of our relentless efforts, Neilmed founded by Ms. Nina Mehta & Dr. Ketan Mehta of Santa Rosa have graciously donated 10,000. We certainly have more application than we can support and new applications are coming every day. With this encouraging effort by Neilmed, we have increased our goal to help 40 families with $3,000 each !!! We are here not be average, we are here to be awesome !!!

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #5

Good Morning everybody!!!

As we cross $60k collected, no, this is not a call for more donations (for now :) but an update on our second and biggest objective of the campaign - IDENTIFYING AND HELPING THE FAMILIES IN NEED

It’s been 3 wks since the fires and Romil and I have been able to quickly reach out to the COMMUNITY AT LARGE. Some details around the outreach efforts -

METHODS: Word of mouth, social media, work and community newsletters and emails, news channels

ORGANIZATIONS: Schools and colleges (Hidden valley, SRJC, Petaluma school for special needs), La Luz Center for Latinos (connected with www.undocufund.org), NBIAA (Indo-American) and various companies in north bay (Medtronic, etc)

NEIGHBORHOODS: FountainGrove, Coffee Park, Mark West, Journey’s End Mobile Home Park, Sonoma

We have already received 20+ ‘very humbling and heartbreaking’ requests for financial support from impacted families ... low/median income families with multiple dependents who have lost everything they own and on top of that have health issues or have lost their jobs.

By generously donating towards the cause, you all have enabled us to run this campaign true to our mission of helping the Sonoma County community IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE, RELIGION, COLOR OR ‘DOCUMENTATION’. Thank you for this!

We plan to start distributing the funds next week to the families in urgent need.

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #4

Update #4

We got an inspiring boost today by fundraising/technology company called "Double the Donation" as they donated $5000. With that we have raised over $55,000 to date. In talking to the number of families and their dire needs, we have decided to help more families and raised our target to $75,000. "Double the Donation" has donated the money in a good faith and hoping we can get another matching donation of $5000 in next 3 days. Irrespective, they will let us keep their donation !!! How cool is that .....

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #3

With an amazing response from around the world, we have raised our campaign goal to $60,000. They is no limit when you decide to help !!!

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #2

Our Campaign just got a boost by a generous & kind anonymous donor. The love in the air is thicker than the smoke - Thank You.

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Romil Rambhia Mithun Vora posted a new update:
11 months ago

Update #1

We initially started with $25,000/10 family goal, but looking at the positive response from across the world, have raised it to a $50,000 goal to support ~20 families with a minimum of $2,500 per family. Together Romil and I donated the first $2500 ourselves to kickstart this effort. Any amount is appreciated. Please help these suffering families to come back on their feet again.

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