Pay It Forward

Convening with Malibu Foundation & Rebuild Paradise

On March 21st and 22nd, Rebuild NorthBay Foundation hosted a two day convening, graciously sponsored by Fannie Mae, with Rebuild Paradise and Malibu Foundation. The purpose of bringing these groups together to the North Bay was to pay it forward, sharing the lessons we learned and the experience we gained, and to forge connections so that we may all rise up together.

On day one, the group met with those in every stage of rebuilding and toured the fire affected areas of Fountaingrove, Sonoma Valley, Western Napa, Larkfield, Mark West, and Coffey Park. On Day Two, we had a robust 90+ minute convening with block captains–led by Supervisor James Gore, Brad Sherwood, Vita Isklander, Jeff Okrepkie and, and Mike Holdner–followed by a diverse groups of speakers, who gave presentations and answered questions on mental healthcare, art as therapy, legal aid, rebuilding, real estate, debris removal, and the importance of our schools post-disaster.

We are so proud of our community and our state. Together, we will ensure disaster affected communities have our collective support. In year two, we will do more, work harder, and deliver on our promise to be here for the community until every family is home.

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”


Maya Angelou