People who are suffering due to the wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from emergency funds approved this week for the Diocese of El Camino Real. Episcopal Relief & Development will provide $10,000 in relief funds to aid those affected by wildfires in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties. An additional $5,000 will support people across the diocese who have been financially hurt by COVID-19. Grants are intended for both non-Episcopalians and members of parishes.
The relief will come in the form of gift cards for food and everyday needs and reimbursement for expenses such as rent and utilities. Those with the greatest need include residents whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, those who evacuated homes and/or could not work, ag workers and their families who lost income due to intense smoke conditions, plus homeless residents who were displaced. The COVID relief funds will specifically focus on those who have lost job income due to the pandemic.
If you know of individuals or families who are in need, please contact us here; parishioners are urged to contact their local clergy who will help direct funds.
Bishop Lucinda and the diocesan staff are grateful to Episcopal Relief & Development for their support during this time of crisis!