Update on quake relief efforts

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Following the historic earthquakes on July 4-5 — which displaced hundreds and caused damage to thousands — numerous local organizations have partnered with their state and federal counterparts to help raise, and distribute, funds to offset costs of those in need.

Last week, Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors announced $150,000 in earthquake relief grants. According to RAAR Executive Director Donna Hocker, several residents have already applied.

The application is available for download at www.ridgecrestaor.com download requirements and application. Deadline for submission is Sept. 30.

At a recent Ridgecrest City Council meeting, Steven Morgan of the Ridgecrest Lions Club gave an update about ongoing efforts to assist in recovery efforts.

The Lions have collected more than $60,000 so far, he said. More than half of that came from state and national Lions clubs. Another $11,000 was raised during a benefit concert, $4,000 through GoFundMe and $1,700 from the Mustang Club.

Morgan said that members have helped about 34 families — or about 100 residents — with everything from purchasing groceries to helping restore mobile homes to liveable conditions. He said that the club continues to work through permitting issues to allow them to provide assistance.

A fund organized through Desert Valleys Employee Foundation, and supported by other local credit unions, has raised more than $77,000 to support earthquake victims.

According to Desert Valleys CEO Eric Bruen, the foundation has already distributed more than $17,000 in the form of immediate grants.

“The foundation intends on distributing an additional $23,000 in direct grants to citizens,” said Bruen.

“Additionally, the quake-relief committee is allocating a portion of funds to help the restoration and repair of community organizations which were critical in providing first-responder services in the days immediately following the quakes.”

The committee is still accepting grant applications for up to $1,500 in relief. Applications are available at https://bit.ly/2kDkjYC.

Story First Published: 2019-09-20