October 28, 2021 – SAN DIEGO – A group of eight skilled construction volunteers from International Relief Teams (IRT) will be deployed to the town of Paradise in Northern California for one week on Saturday, October 30, 2021, to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire.
Volunteers depart on Saturday, October 30 on Southwest Airlines Flight 2932 at 4:05 pm from the San Diego International Airport. Volunteers return to San Diego on Sunday, November 7 on Southwest Airlines Flight 3932 at 1:50 pm.
The 2018 wildfires in California were the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. About30,000 families lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their hopes for the future. Paradise was nearly wiped off the map by the fire. Many low-income and retired families in Paradise are still struggling to begin rebuilding even three years after the fire. Families desperately want to rebuild and continue their lives in Paradise.
“This is our fourth team to deploy in 2021,with one more team scheduled for this year. 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 2015Valley 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.