Wave of support follows flood
On Sunday, January 1, 2006, the flood waters had receded, but some 1,200 people along the Napa River were homeless. In an emergency meeting that morning, the Napa Valley Community Foundation Board talked with government and nonprofit leaders, and devised a plan to help. The board resolved to offer flood victims supplemental aid for food, household items and temporary housing. The Neighbors Fund was launched the same day. By Friday, generous donors had contributed $500,000. During the next 12 weeks, grants from the Neighbors Fund were distributed to local nonprofits to assist people in need.