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October 8, 2018 marks one year since the devastating firestorms swept through Sonoma County destroying more than 6000 homes. The Hot Tub Store was proud to, with the support of our valued customers, be able to contribute $35,854.22 to the Fire Relief Fund in October 2017.

We have continued our efforts to help those affected by these devastating fires in 2018. We have so far helped to replace more than 20 hot tubs that were lost in the fires and have reserved 2018 pricing for more than 40 other people who lost all their worldly belongings. We have worked to get all of our valued customers the absolute best price possible to replace their burned hot tub or to add a hot tub to their life. Those who have a hot tub know that life is not the same when you don’t have a hot tub to soak in and we appreciate the urgency and the need to help these people get back into the relaxing hot tubs they were accustomed to.

In 2018, we also worked with our team member Justin Borton of our Santa Rosa hot tub store showroom to help sponsor a running event, Sonoma Strong Restoration Challenge, to raise money and awareness for rebuilding damaged trails in the Sonoma County Regional Parks and we donated $2,000.00 to this park restoration project.

To honor the memory of this terrible fire that affected so many in the communities we serve, we will be donating a percentage of all sales in October 2018 to The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation Fire Recovery Fund.  The parks of Sonoma County offer refuge and retreat for all the people who live in and visit the beautiful wine country region and allow everyone to connect with nature in a most important manner.

The Hot Tub Store values this connection with nature at our parks and values the work needed to restore our parks from damages caused by the fires.  The parks are a place where everyone can escape the stresses of the fire recovery process and enjoy nature. We see the connection with nature as being important and similar to the relaxing benefits of soaking in your hot tub each day.

Please help us to raise funds for this recovery and rebuilding effort in our fire ravaged parks by stocking up on water care products for your hot tub or by purchasing the hot tub you have been dreaming of adding to your life.

We really appreciate being able to give back to our community in this way.

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Read more about Community Support:
From October 2017

The Hot Tub Store Community Support for the Northern California Wildfires of 2017

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastating fires ravaging our beloved communities.

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The Hot Tub Store, being a local family business based in Sonoma County since 1973, sends love and support to all the people who have been affected by the devastating wildfires that have blazed through Northern California. We are sincerely sorry for all the loss of property and life, and the devastating damage that our area has experienced. This tragic event has brought our community together in ways that we have not seen and we all want to do our part to help those in need and to support those who have worked hard to protect our homes and improve our lives. Fortunately, all of our Northern California based team members, contractors, and vendors are alive and safe. A few have lost their homes including one of our key shareholders. Many of our hot tubber family of customers have lost their homes and many more were evacuated.  We are here to support all those affected by the fires.

The Hot Tub Store is showing support for those affected by the fires by donating to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund to help those in need after these devastating wildfires that have burned more than 6,000 structures and displaced thousands of people.

The Hot Tub Store pledged to donate $5,000 and in addition donate 10% of all paid invoices from October 14-31.With the support of our valued customers, we are proud to be able to contribute $35,854.22 to the Fire Relief Fund.

Thank you for helping us in supporting those needing assistance from this devastating event.

Love Is All There Is.
From your friends at The Hot Tub Store

Update 2018:
The Fire Relief Fund is no longer accepting donations, but they do list other organizations you can donate to. If you would like to make a donation, here is a helpful link:
https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

Sonoma County Parks Response and Recovery


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How Donations Helped Fire Survivors (North Bay Fire Relief Fund Distribution Information)
The North Bay Fire Relief Fund was created to support the immediate needs (relief phase, or phase 1-of-3 in disaster recovery) of North Bay fire survivors. The fund was created by The Press Democrat, Senator Mike McGuire and Redwood Credit Union, and was housed within Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit fund. Following is information about how funds supported North Bay fire survivors.

RCU paid all administrative costs, so 100% of donations supported fire survivors.

Who/what did the donations support?

The North Bay Fire Relief Fund supported the immediate needs of people and businesses in the four affected counties (Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake) who were impacted by the North Bay fires, including:

  • People/residents who lost homes
  • People who experienced economic hardship due to lost or interrupted employment as a result of the fires
  • First responders who lost homes while fighting fires and protecting our communities
  • K-12 and college students who lost homes
  • Small businesses who lost business or were impacted by the fires
  • Fire survivor health and well-being
  • Grants to 56 nonprofits supporting immediate needs of fire survivors were provided. For a list of these nonprofits, please visit: www.rcucommunityfund.org/north-bay-fire-relief/grants

Who made fund distribution decisions?

The RCU Community Fund, Inc. Board determined allocations from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, with recommendations from representatives from The Press Democrat, Senator Mike McGuire and Redwood Credit Union. For grants provided to nonprofits, a grant committee comprised of North Bay leaders was formed to review applications and make recommendations based on criteria that included supporting the immediate needs of fire survivors. The RCU Community Fund Board was/is the decision making body for all grants provided from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.

Where did the funds go/Who received funds?

Total funds donated & distributed/allocated: $32,028,981

  • The generous contributions of over 41,100 donors from 23 countries to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund supported immediate needs of fire survivors and the community in the four affected counties in the following ways:

$20,498,854 supported:

  • People who lost homes
  • People who experienced economic hardship due to lost or interrupted employment as a result of the fires
  • First responders who lost homes while fighting fires and protecting our community
  • K-12 and college students who lost homes in the fires, for replacing school clothes and supplies

$9,587,586 supported:

  • Nonprofits providing services to aid immediate needs of fire survivors, including financial assistance, urgent food, housing, and family support needs. For a list of these nonprofits who assisted fire survivors, please visit: www.rcucommunityfund.org/north-bay-fire-relief/grants

$1,000,000 supported:

  • Small businesses in the four affected counties whose business were impacted by the fires

$942,541 supported:

  • Fire Survivor Health and Well-Being, including:
    • Temporary-to-permanent housing
    • Health and dental care
    • Lost sports equipment to support impacted kids
    • Holiday programs for fire survivors

Our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, and to our nonprofit partners who assisted in providing incredible support. We’re especially grateful to these nonprofits who provided resources to receive applications & distribute checks from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund to fire survivors:

  • United Way of the Wine Country
  • La Luz
  • North Coast Opportunities (NCO)
  • Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)

Additionally: California Human Development, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, Community Action Napa Valley, Community Action Partnership, Lake Area Rotary Club Association, Petaluma People Services, Redwood Empire Food Bank and UndocuFund. We also thank the 56 nonprofits who are receiving grants from the North Bay Fire Relief Fund for your support of the immediate needs of fire survivors in the four impacted counties.

Together, we made a difference!

Every contribution to the fund helped and we are proud that The Hot Tub Store with the support of our amazing team and our valued customers was able to donate to this fund the amount of $35,854.22.

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