By Barbara Roden
The Village of Cache Creek has turned to crowdfunding platform, blackpress4good.com, in order to raise money to assist in the aftermath of Saturday’s (May 23) disastrous flooding.
“Lots of people were working on different fundraising projects,” said Cache Creek Councillor Wyatt McMurray, “and we decided that it needed to be focussed and under one umbrella.”
He and several others began researching various crowdfunding platforms, and Carmen Ranta suggested FundRazr, which is based in Vancouver.
The blackpress4good crowdfunding is powered by Fundrazr and promoted via your local community newspapers.
A committee was formed at the Cache Creek council meeting on May 25, and the fundraising initiative received the approval of council.
“If it goes through the Village, then people know it’s being properly collected and handled and dispersed,” said McMurray.
“People want to give money and help. This gives them one place to go to, where they know the money will be accounted for.”
The committee will set criteria as soon as possible, such as how to apply for some the money raised, and it will also decide who will be the recipients.
More than 100 residents have been displaced from their homes, some of which could not be saved, and many people have lost almost everything. Due to the nature of the event, most people have been told their losses are not covered by insurance.
“This is purely for Cache Creek residents who’ve been affected,” said McMurray.
“It’s not to pay for lampposts or park benches. One hundred per cent of the donations received will go to people in Cache Creek. None of it will go to the Village.”
FundRazr, which helps people raise funds via online donations, started in 2012, and since that time has hosted more than 45,000 campaigns and raised more than $52 million in donations.
Anyone who wants to donate to the Cache Creek fund can go to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8zs29.
Folks who want to follow how cleanup and support efforts are going, go to http://www.ash-cache-journal.com/.