Mother Nature recently unleashed a beating on our local Sonoma County community. Avalow is, by the nature of its work growing food in people’s yards, an entity steeped in the lives, homes, and health of its local area. Currently, more than three quarters of our clients are in Sonoma County and our work is at their homes, in their yards. A number of our communities were ravaged by a firestorm on the night of October 8th, and fires continued to burn for days.
Our Avalow team came to work on Tuesday, October 10th but we all knew there would be no business as usual. We made a team breakfast, kept a wet towel under the door to keep the horrendous air quality at bay, messaged our clients about cancelling service that week, and put our heads together to decide how we could best help our community rebuild.
One month later, that goal still stands. Garden maintenance has resumed and most of our clients returned to their homes unscathed, but some were not so lucky. Rebuilding will take time and thankfully the process is underway. Here’s what you can still do to help:
Help the helpers! Call your local shelter (for humans or animals) and ask if they need volunteers or supplies. We volunteered at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and sorted donations, put plates of food together, and helped wherever we could
Offer your skills. The North Coast Builders Exchange has created a database for finding contractors and workers to rebuild homes. The Graton Resort & Casino hosted a job fair focused on mainly on rebuilding efforts with construction workers and local charities.
Come visit! So many of our community’s businesses rely on tourism to stay afloat. Local wineries are open and ready to serve you. There are amazing restaurants like Spinster Sisters and the Naked Pig just on our street alone.
We are glad to make our contribution to Santa Rosa’s recovery, and remain committed to our community in the midst of this disaster. We were even more reminded of our resilience upon receiving this image from a client who had lost everything. Raised bed still standing, small plants coming back to life, we can and will go on.