WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, BBYO WILL BE THERE
Our hearts across BBYO's global movement are with those in the areas impacted by the wildfires around the State of California. While we are grateful that so many of our members, advisors, alumni, partners, and their families lives are safe, we are saddened to learn of those with challenges ahead. It's clear that there will be significant time to rebuild and BBYO will stand with you for as long as it takes.
We are committed to keeping the programs in BBYO's Pacific Western Region and Central Region West running over the weeks and months ahead. As always, BBYO will be a gathering place where Jewish teens can have fun, share support, and deepen connections to their Jewish heritage alongside lifelong friends. For those families whose homes were affected by the wildfires, BBYO is committed to ensuring money is not an issue in attending conventions (local and international), summer programs, or purchasing a membership. We are committed to ensuring that finances are never a barrier to participation.
BBYO's response efforts are a part of AZA and BBG's International Service Fund (ISF) crisis response campaign. We are committed to raising money and supporting victims of natural disasters. Learn more about the ISF here.
Your dollars go a long way to support victims and rebuilding homes and institutions. Consider giving to one of the funds below to help with the relief efforts happening right now.
Ventura County United Way (Text UWVC 41444 to Donate to United Way Ventura)
Many Jewish organizations have set up relief funds to begin rebuilding the synagogues, camps, schools, and institutions impacted by the fires. Help our community by giving to our growing list of funds below.
We know the weeks and months to come are going to be extremely difficult. We are compiling a growing list of resources to help you and your families through this challenging time.
Airbnb hosts are providing free rooms in Ventura and Butte county until November 29.
AT&T is allowing unlimited talk, text and data access to all customers in Southern California.
The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals.
Lyft is offering free rides to people in the areas. Dial 2-1-1 for assistance.
Understanding and explaining natural disasters is often a hard conversation. Read this article on Reform Judaism's website by a Rabbi giving this the difficult words we so often can't articulate.
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Share all of your Fall Fest posts with the hashtag #BBYOFallFest to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.
Show our BBYO family you're with them. Send words of support to those affected in two ways:
Post warm wishes on your social media accounts and tag them with #BBYOsupports.
Send a short (>30 seconds) video of yourself, of your friends, or of your chapter, region, or country sharing words of encouragement to ISF@BBYO.org. We will edit them all together and show impacted regions' members your support at their next regional event.