CHICO, Calif. — Butte County communities have been through several severe traumas in the last few years. The North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) knows that better than anyone and is committing more than $2 million to help with the healing.
This money comes through NVCF’s new healing initiative, Thrive, that focuses on emotional healing for children, families, and individuals after local crises. The idea is to bring together community leaders and organizations to collaborate on strategic plans on improving efforts of addressing the impacts of childhood traumas.
The $2 million was collected by NVCF over the past 3 years. Donors and foundations interested in this collaborative effort, like the American Red Cross, California Fire Foundation, and the California Community Foundation, helped reach this goal.
Thrive’s Program Manager, Erin Morrissey, hopes distributing this money to local organizations will take financial burdens off their shoulders so they can focus on what’s most important: the future.
"Maybe it's a little cliché to say that young people are our future,” says Morrissey. “The more that we can invest in them and their well-being, the better off we all will be."
The first step in this initiative is their Thrive Healing Summit on October 27. Because of the pandemic, the community and organizations will meet virtually.
The day-long event aims to be a collaboration of strategic visions on how best to serve the community. Once those visions are in place, the $2 million will be distributed to local organizations committed to fulfilling them.