The nonprofit Napa Valley Vintners trade association announced Wednesday it is donating $10 million to an earthquake disaster relief fund following Sunday's 6.0-magnitude quake.
The goal of the Community Disaster Relief Fund is to provide immediate financial support to the community, get resources to local businesses and families most in need, provide a repository for earthquake donations and augment government relief efforts that are still uncertain, NVV spokesperson Cate Conniff said.
Funding will be available to Napa County residents for one-time immediate needs and short-term assistance for temporary housing, basic needs such as food and water, medical care and counseling, and repairs for immediate concerns including replacement windows, debris removal and fallen chimneys.
The fund also will help get businesses back up and running, allow employees to return to work and continue local commerce.
Area nonprofits can use the funds to restore operations and apply for general support grants to help earthquake victims.
Money for the relief effort is from the NVV's annual Auction Napa Valley charity event.
"Hundreds of homes and businesses in the local community were damaged by this disaster," said Russ Wels, chairman of the NVV Board of Directors and general manager of Silverado Vineyards. "The Fund will provide resources and assistance to support the community as it rebuilds."
Napa Valley Vintners encourages other organizations and
individuals to contribute to the fund.