Camp Fire Relief Fund Distribution by SI Bidwell Rancho
*$500 each Visa Cards for two S- Club Members from Inspire High School
*$5000 to Richan Talley, a single mother of five who is trying to help her children adapt to their new normal. While they did not lose their home, there is quite a bit of smoke damage and the children had to change schools. Her first thought after we handed her a check was to purchase new pillows. The simple things.…
*$5000 to Cyrena Farris – Cyrena Farris and her family are reestablishing their family in Magalia after losing everything in the Camp Fire. They have purchased a piece of land in Magalia and have a travel trailer parked on the land. They are in the process of adopting their 3rd child and are attempting to rebuild, but needed to be able to pour a pad to obtain a loan to build. Our donation will help with that!
*$1000 to Patty Donofrio – Patty Donofrio moved to Magalia from Chicago. She is currently living in a cab-over camper with her two cats on a friends property. She is on a limited budget and is having problems qualifying for affordable housing. She states the funds she received will help her in her process to heal…and fill her gas tank since she is back and forth a lot.
*$1000 to Madeline Hubbard – Madeline Hubbard is currently living in Red Bluff after losing everything in the fire. She is a realtor in Paradise, has run an 11 bed house for pregnant females in domestic violence situations, and for disabled persons. Her 7 year old daughter is traumatized by the effects of the fire and is in need of counseling. Madeline is still trying to figure out the next best move for her and her daughter are. She would like to be in Paradise, but given the situation, she is torn about where to start over.
*$2500 to Lara Fickes – Lara Hernandes Fickes was working at Feather River Hospital at the time of the fire where she lost everything. She is currently working in Oroville, and commutes between Chico, and Fairfield to stay with her sisters. Her two children (one grown but in college) are staying with family in Gridley with their pets. She is helping her daughter with counseling costs because of stress related to the fire, using the funds for gas due to the commuting, and paying the expenses where her kids are staying.
*129 Galoshes delivered to the “Ponderosa” Elementary School students and staff at their Durham satellite location! Because the temporary location for Ponderosa Elementary School is in portable buildings behind Durham Elementary school, the students and teachers have to track 1/4 mile through the mucky wet grass back-and-forth several times a day… taking them to class from the main building, taking them back for recess, bringing them back for lunch and bringing them back for after school classes…Feet were wet to ankle level, causing a hardship for students and staff… SI Bidwell Rancho purchased and delivered the Galoshes to assist with that! Plus Committee Chair Tracie Williams donated 15 adult rain jackets and kids rain jackets and the funny yellow round rain hats that protects from rain.
SI Bidwell Rancho and SI Chico have been splitting all Donations and are continuing to distribute to different people and places, affected by the Camp Fire. If you need some help or looking for Camp Fire Relief Resources, please send us a message using this Form
If you like to donate, please either mail your Donations or use the Paypal Link below.
Please send Check donations to
SNR Camp Fire c/o Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho
PO Box 9170
Chico, CA 95927
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho-Chico is a group of professional women who strive to make our community and world a better place for women and girls. We are a chapter of Soroptimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization for women. Working in conjunction with this immense organization, we evaluate conditions in our community and decide how best to address local needs. These needs can range from funding a shelter for women who have been trafficked, to holding seminars for at-risk girls, to purchasing bus tickets for needy children. We believe that the club level of Soroptimist are the muscle that moves the mission “to improve the lives of women and girls”. Without the work and dedication of local clubs, Soroptimist programs would not reach the women who need these resources. Our club is dedicated to providing resources that empower women and girls to achieve their potential and improve their lives here in our community and around the world.
Please take this opportunity to learn more about our Club and the wonderful things we are doing to help women and girls in Chico and our neighboring communities. Whether it’s a fundraiser, service project, or club meeting, we hope you will come join us!
Walk for Water
Christmas Party 2018
Dream it, Be it For Girls 2018
23rd Annual Microbrewfest 2018
(The pledge was written in 1927 by Candis Nelson, a charter member of the Seattle, WA club. At the 1930 Convention in Philadelphia, President Ruby Minar requested the submission of the Pledge to be voted on at the Convention. The decision was deferred for six months so that each club could receive copies of the proposed creeds and make an informed decision. Six months later the American Federation of Soroptimist Clubs chose as its creed this pledge that simply states the ideals of the organization.)