Faith and Community Leaders Raise $50,000 for West Oakland Fire Relief


The West Oakland San Pablo Fire Relief Advocacy Committee has raised close to $50,000.

May 15 will be the first distribution date set to support families impacted by the West Oakland fire.

The West Oakland San Pablo Fire Relief Advocacy Committee was established to support the unmet of those families impacted by the March 27 fire at 2551 San Pablo Avenue.

Unmet needs are defined as those needs not met by the City of Oakland and County of Alameda allocated services and funds.

Those who have stepped forward to help out include committee co-chairs Bishop Joseph Simmons, Greater St. Paul Church; and Pastor Debra Avery, First Presbyterian Church; as well as Pastor Kevin Barnes, Abyssinian Baptist Church; Pastor Lawrence Van Hook, Christian Community Church; Raymond Lankford, Healthy Communities; Gay Plair Cobb, Oakland Private Industry Council; LaNiece Jones, Black Women Organized for Political Action; representatives from the Mayor’s office, City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Fire Department, Red Cross and Showing Up For Racial Justice.

The committee set a goal to raise $100,000 for the families.  To date, the fund has collected nearly $50,000.

The plan is to equitably distribute the monies raised thus far on Monday, May 15 at Greater St Paul Church at 1827 Martin Luther King Way between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The money will be distributed via gift cards to each individual – including children – based on the verified list issued by the Red Cross.

In collaboration with the Oakland Native Give Back Fund, individuals can receive school supplies and tennis shoes for pre-registered school-age children, along with new clothing contributed by community members.

As additional funds are received after May 15, a second date will be set.  At this time, the committee does not plan to provide reimbursement or support for individuals or groups beyond the verified list.

To obtain the appropriate quantities for children tennis shoes, backpacks and school supplies, families are asked to register in advance at [email protected].

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