When residents near Coyote Creek in San Jose experienced severe flooding in February, city officials knew they needed to open a relief fund to help. They called Silicon Valley Community Foundation to make it happen.
“In a matter of hours, the San Jose Coyote Creek Flood forced thousands of families from their homes, often with no property other than what they could carry," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. "Yet, our close partnership with SVCF made it possible to open a relief fund, launch a fundraising website and begin processing donations in less than 12 hours; and together, we ultimately raised more than $6.9 million dollars to help flood victims get back on their feet."
As of June 30, 2017, all $6.9 million from the fund has been distributed to relief organizations that are helping flood victims. The relief fund has been closed and is no longer accepting donations.
However, several organizations continue to help the flood victims and are accepting donations directly. Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the City of San Jose recommend that those wishing to help make donations to any of these four nonprofits:
- American Red Cross
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
- Sacred Heart Community Service
- The Salvation Army
"Our deepest thanks go to both the community foundation and the thousands of individual and corporate donors for their commitment to helping our community in its time of need,” Liccardo said.