December 2, 2021 – SAN DIEGO – A group of six skilled construction volunteers from International Relief Teams (IRT) will be deployed to the town of Paradise in Northern California for one week on Sunday, December 5, 2021, to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire.
Two groups of volunteers depart on Sunday, December 5, the first group on Alaska Airlines flight 2443 departing at 6:35 am from San Diego International Airport and the second group on Southwest Airlines flight5649 at 9:45 am. Volunteers return to San Diego on Sunday, December 12 on Alaska Airlines flight 2089 arriving at 2:59 pm and Southwest Airlines flight 147arriving at 1:50 pm.
The 2018 Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history. About 30,000 families lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their hopes for the future. Many low-income and retired families and individuals in Paradise are still struggling to begin rebuilding their homes and their lives, even three years after the fire. Families desperately want to rebuild and continue their lives in Paradise.
“This is our fifth team to deploy in 2021, and we are making great progress on the home. We will return in January 2022 and will continue to send teams as needed to help families who cannot recover on their own,” 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 Instagram.