Westlake Village’s own Ilise Friedman and the organization she founded in response to the Woolsey and Hill Fires last year, Village Rising, were honored by Westlake Village’s Mayor and City Council Members Wednesday night.
We want to bring your attention to three upcoming events put on by United Policyholders for those navigating post-fire insurance settlements. For more information see below, and check out this link!
For our neighbors who have reached out to Village Rising for assistance, less than 17% who claimed they had requested prior assistance from FEMA were successful in receiving a favorable decision. When the fires hit back in November, including the Camp Fire up North, FEMA was inundated with requests for assistance and while the vast majority were denied with their initial application, there is a good chance that an appeal will yield more favorable results for those who are still within the 60-day window for appeals.
For more information, refer to the figure here for what you will need to provide, where to send it, and to whom you can contact with questions.
Come unwind next Wed night and learn how to avoid common pitfalls in building, stay on budget, make the right kinds of choices early that will best serve you in the long run. Get important individual advice from builders, architects, financial planners, and others who work in our area and hear how to begin the process of creating a home you love.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and gain advice from so many area specialists one on one, and hear what the next steps are to rebuilding from our speakers. Come because you’re rebuilding, or come just to learn. All are welcome.
We’ve been working closely with Shannon who’s doing similar work for her neighbors in Malibou Lake as in a similar capacity as we are in and around Westlake Village . For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Shannon at email@example.com.
The final deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is January 31. The Disaster Recovery Center in Malibu at the Malibu Courthouse, 23525 Civic Center Way, closed last Friday, January 18; however, the Disaster Recovery Center in Agoura Hills remains open to provide support to those affected in the area.
Village Rising would like to extend a sincere thanks to Kat Merrick and the Local Love Project for inviting Oak Forest residents to shop for free at their pop-up on Friday, January 18.
The heavy rains hitting Southern California consistently for the last week have led to high water in many areas and a high risk of mudslides, especially due to the recent fires. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for western Los Angeles County and Ventura county as a result and urges residents to “take steps necessary to protect their property… remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.
Please be safe. More rains are expected through the week and we’ve seen evidence that many roads are pooling with water.
We are excited to report that Village Rising received a $50,000 grant today to assist with immediate relief for the 16 residents of Oak Forest MobileHome Estates. Funding requests are being reviewed and direct support will begin shortly after the new year.
The deadline for Oak Forest Mobile Home Estates is past; however, we are currently accepting applications for the residents of Malibou Lake and Vallecito Mobile Home Park in Newbury Park until December 31, 2018. Apply here.
On December 12, Ilise Friedman, Village Rising Founder, and Eleanor Shriver, representing the Players Philanthropy Fund, spoke to the Westlake Village city council-members and the public in attendance, introducting Village Rising and PPF and the role they play in providing assistance to members of the Woolsey and Hill fires.
On the heels of the success of our initial push to get the word out to those in need and the reception we’ve received from donors so far, we have decided to extend the deadline to December 20. Please check out our two options for applying for assistance (download or on-line) on our Apply for Assistance page.
In order to ease the process of applying for financial assistance, we have added an on-line form in addition to the downloadable one. The form can be reached through the “Apply for Assistance” page here.
Check this out- Agoura High School Charger (‘90), Joanne Campbell, helping us out from across the country!
On Saturday, December 7, 2018, members of the Torch Club through the Boys & Girls Club Redding-Easton (based in Redding, CT) will be wrapping gifts at the Artisan Fair at Redding Elementary School to raise funds that will be sent to the victims of the Woolsey Fire which devastated southern California in November 2018. All proceeds raised will be sent in support of Village Rising (villagerising.org), a new fund established to provide immediate financial support to Woolsey Fire victims in and around Westlake Village, CA.
Unfortunately, the young members of the of the Redding Easton Torch Club are intimately familiar with sustained and back-to-back catastrophes and are eager to help their neighbors, even ones who live across the country. In August 2011, our towns were hit by Hurricane Irene, and then two months later by a freak Halloween Nor’easter, both of which shut school for a week and left many homes without power for longer. The Torch Club members were in kindergarten, first and second grades a year later when Hurricane Sandy hit their homes, and a gunman shot and killed 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town next door. Many of the these Torch Club members and their families had teachers and friends living in Newtown and, spend significant time in Newtown.
The Torch Club members are now sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and they want to help people in a similar situation. We live in a close-knit community, just like the areas surrounding the Woolsey Fire -- Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Newbury Park. We know what Southern California is going through, because we've been through similar events, and the kids want to help.
Torch Club is a nationally recognized leadership and community service club for middle school-aged children that is affiliated with The Boys and Girls Club.
Westlake City Hall has posted a wish list from 7 affected families (so far). If you want to adopt any of these families and help take care of their needs, please message us and we'll make sure you can make a direct impact. For those of you that are familiar to the area: 20 total homes in Westlake Village burned to the ground, 16 in Oak Forest (the mobile home community at the end of Lindero, across from the Lake) and 4 condos up Ridgeford Drive at the Pointe.
The list is as follows:
Family 1 Wish List:
Any help would be appreciated (the family includes two small children).
Family 2 Wish List:
Gift cards to Target, Home Goods, Grocery Stores, including American Express or Visa
Family 3 Wish List:
Christmas lights, décor, or ornaments.
Boys age 11 and 13 clothes (kids lg/xlg) and (adult md) (they like
red, black, and blue).
TV/laptop/kids tablets (2)
Books, Star Wars, nerf guns, legos, board games,
kids bikes (2 size adult small)
Gift cards to Visa/AmEx, Costco, Target, Pavillions, Old
Navy, or IKEA
Family 4 Wish List:
Gift Cards to Target, or AmEx/Visa Gift Cards
Family 5 Wish List:
Healthy food option gift cards, e.g. Gelsons, Natural Café, etc.
Family 6 Wish List:
Gift cards for AmEx/Visa,
Items for 2 boys (ages 4 and 10) and 1 small dog
Family 7 Wish List:
Gift cards for Costco, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Amazon, Visa gift card, Erewhon market
More needs, in other areas of Westlake, Oak Park, and Newbury Park, will be posted soon.