July 29, 2021 – SAN DIEGO - A group of eight construction volunteers deployed by International Relief Teams (IRT) are returning to San Diego on Sunday, August 1, 2021 after rebuilding and repairing homes in Paradise, California for victims of the 2018 Camp Fire who cannot recover on their own.
San Diego volunteers return on Sunday, August 1; Alaska Airlines Flight 2404 from Sacramento arriving in San Diego at 12:10 pm.
The 2018 wildfires in California were the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. About 30,000 families lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their hopes for the future. Paradise was nearly wiped off the map by the fire. Only 5% of buildings in the town remained without serious damage.
“Recovery after a major disaster can take years. That is why IRT stays involved for years after the disaster, helping poor and underserved families rebuild and recover. IRT will continue to send volunteer teams to fire-ravaged communities as long as they are needed,” said Barry La Forgia, IRT Executive Director.
IRT has 33 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. IRT also has a long history of providing aid and/or volunteer construction teams following major wildfires in California including the 2018 Camp and Carr fires, the 2015 Valley fire, and the 2007 and 2003 San Diego firestorms.
International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to make immediate change for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information visit: http://www.irteams.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.