Pajaro Flooding Relief Resources
March 29, 2023
On March 10, the Pajaro River levee failed due to the heavy rainstorms brought on by California’s series of atmospheric rivers and flooded the town of Pajaro in Monterey County. Over 2,000 residents, largely low-income migrant farm workers and their families have been forced to evacuate due to the widespread destruction. As of March 17, community members have yet to return to their homes due to long delays and many are concerned about how additional rains this week may worsen the flooding.
How to Help
As the town of Pajaro undergoes recovery efforts, the following organizations are actively involved in providing immediate relief, assistance, and essential services to community members:
- Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Storm Relief Fund is providing emergency assistance and relief to the community through local nonprofits for needs including food, emergency shelter, financial assistance to those evacuated, support for first responders, as well as recovery efforts.
- Community Foundation Santa Cruz County’s Disaster Fund is dedicated to supporting residents impacted by floods, wildfires, earthquakes, mudslides, debris flows, and other disasters in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. This fund has been activated to support local nonprofits responding to the levee breach and flooding in Pajaro.
- Ventures partners with rural Latino working-class families in California’s Central Coast to ensure a shared and equitable economic future for all. They launched an UndocuFund to provide direct support and cash assistance to undocumented immigrant workers and families impacted by the flooding.
- Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz is distributing food and water to impacted community members in partnership with the Center for Farmworker Families, which has organized a weekly goods-distribution of donated clothes, toiletries, diapers, and other essentials.
- United Farm Workers Foundation is focused on advocacy to ensure government officials understand the needs on the ground. They are conducting a needs assessment with the farm worker community to ensure that their needs are met by policy makers and health officials. They are also guiding local nonprofits in distributing essential services to those affected by the flooding.
CCF fundholders who wish to support these efforts through their donor advised fund may make grants directly on DonorConnect. For any donor inquiries, please contact your Relationship Manager or email DonorRelations@calfund.org.
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