This year’s wildfires in California made for the most destructive season on state record. More than 8,000 fires burned approximately 1.8 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Countless lives have been impacted by these fires throughout the state, including the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. We selected the California Fire Foundation as it provides critical support to firefighters, surviving families of fallen firefighters, and their communities.
The Pepperdine Strong Fund supports students and families impacted by recent crises within the community: the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks in early November and the wildfires in Malibu and the surrounding areas. We selected this organization as it reaches those that were impacted by both of these tragic events, particularly impacting many young individuals.