Sycuan donates $20K to help West Fire victims

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Wednesday, July 11, Chairman Cody Martinez of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation donated $20,000 to the Community Recovery Team, Inc.

The donation was made to help the victims of the recent West Fire in Alpine. Several homes and structures were damaged and destroyed during the 505-acre fire.

“As devastating as a disaster is, it really shines a bright light on amazing people that want to work to make their community better,” said Robin Clegg, Community Recovery Team, Inc. “When the CRT receives donated dollars, our focus is to assist those persons impacted by disaster that are uninsured, severely underinsured and often times elderly or part of a vulnerable population. It is critical to have community members assist in their town’s recovery and we really appreciate the generous giving.”

“Over 30 homes and lives were turned upside by the recent fire in Alpine,” said Cody Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. “The Community Recovery Team, Inc. has a great program and coordinates with several entities to make the recovery process move quickly. As members of the community, we want to offer our support and we hope this contribution will assist those in need.”

About Community Recovery Team, Inc.

The Community Recovery Team, Inc. (CRT), a California non-profit, charitable corporation under IRS section 501(c)3, and is a member in good standing of the San Diego chapter of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (SDVOAD).

The Regional Community Recovery Team (RCRT) is a network of non-profit, community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and governmental agencies active in disaster recovery, operating in San Diego County, the fifth largest county in the United States.

Collectively, we form the infrastructure of disaster recovery services for the San Diego region. We are dedicated individuals with a common goal. We are determined to assist those that suffer financial and/or personal loss during and after a natural disaster. A Board of advisers comprised of CRT leadership guides the RCRT. For more information visit www.crtsd.org/rcrt.

About Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation 

Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for more than 12,000 years. Today they are a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations.

The Tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel; is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park; and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans. For more information on Sycuan visit www.sycuantribe.com.

Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires

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