The Calaveras community has responded heroically to assist their neighbors in time of need. The Butte Fire is out, but now the real heroics start. Land and homes devastated by the fire need to be rebuilt into the beautiful properties once enjoyed by the inhabitatants. Families displaced by the fire are looking to rebuild their lives and their homes. Your donation of new building materials, money or labor will help in this long term recovery effort. It is estimated it will take as many as five years to restore homes and land. We thank everyone who is helping and hope you will continue your volunteer efforts long after the smoke has cleared and the disaster response teams have gone home.
Volunteering with Habitat is an easy way to help. A few hours each month can make a world of difference. Volunteers with Habitat help in a variety of ways; debris removal, cleaning, painting, construction or home repair, helping owners with permitting process for rebuilding, the list is endless. Use the link at right to volunteer, or call our office.
Are you a victim of the Butte Fire?
If you have suffered fire damage to your home and you may need assistance, please call our office. We are determining needs of the victims and can enlist volunteers to help you with your specific need. We ask that you leave a message if we don't answer the phone, as our staff members are also victims of the fire, so we may be a little slow in responding to your calls. Help is also forthcoming from CalaverasRecovers.org which is partnered with Habitat Calaveras and 20+ other non-profits and faith-based organizations to assist in the long-term recovery efforts.
A Few Words About Us: Home ownership is the goal of most American families. Having roots in a community where you live and work, raise your children, shop and attend social events is the desire of all humanity. Habitat for Humanity Calaveras (HfHC) provides home ownership to responsible local families who already live and work in the community but have yet to own their first home. Together with volunteers, families partner with us to build a simple but modern home that they then buy on very favorable terms. Each family volunteers 400 hours of ‘sweat equity’ and then has a mortgage based on the cost of building the home and their ability to pay. Contrary to popular belief, Habitat Homes are NOT free!
Habitat families become property owners building equity and stakeholders in the community. Habitat is a ‘Hand Up’ NOT a ‘Hand Out’. The county benefits from an increased pool of affordable housing, while donors and volunteers are rewarded through their contribution to the local community. Communities become stronger with hard working families building a new life full of promise and hope.
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If you prefer to mail your donation to us,
please make your check payable to
Habitat for Humanity Calaveras
(or HFHC if you prefer)
and mail your donaton to:
P.O. Box 1834
San Andreas, CA 95249
Butte Fire brings back memories of our roots...
Help is needed for displaced families to rebuild their lives and homes
In August 1992 the Old Gulch Fire roared through 17 thousand acres of Calaveras County, destroying 45 homes and 75 outbuildings. Many families had homes damaged by fire, but rebuildable. Citizens banded together to help each other through this disaster. From that terrible time, a new affiliate of Habitat International was born, Habitat for Humanity Calaveras.
Calaveras County is now experiencing the after effects of the devastating Butte Fire. Started September 9, 2015 the fire ravaged for 3 weeks. Cal Fire with the assistance of dozens of fire departments from around the state contained the fire on October 1, 2015. THANK YOU Cal Fire and all the emergency services (fire, law enforcement) that helped. At 70,800+ acres burned, over 475 homes destroyed, 343 non-residences destroyed, and 45 homes damaged, the Butte Fire now ranks as the 7th most destructive fire in California history! Now with your volunteer help or donation the cleanup and rebuild can take place.
As the only non-profit home builder in the County, Habitat for Humanity Calaveras is here to help the long term repair and rebuilding. Habitat Calaveras has helped with disasters including hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake. Now we need to help families in our own county return to their property and resume the life they love in Calaveras County.
We need the financial help of generous donors so we can provide any needed Habitat Calaveras services. Habitat Calaveras volunteers will maximize your donation to help qualified retired, senior, disabled, veteran or any other homeowner. Donating online is easy. Use the DONATE ONLINE link:
Our goal is to help with any housing related issue (fire related or not), and 100% of funds collected will be used in Calaveras County. We know the need will be great. Please give from the heart to help. Share our homepage link on your FB, Instagram, text messaging or other social media so your friends, co-workers, and employers can also share your enthusiam to help. Corporate donatons are also greatly needed and appreciated.
Your generous donaton will help families in Calaveras County affected by this disaster rebuild just like those who survived the Old Gulch Fire did in 1992. Thank you.
Click on the links to find out how you can help Habitat for Humanity Calaveras!