On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history. REBUILDING PARADISE, from Academy Award-winning director RON HOWARD, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the important task of rebuilding.
"A sincere and skillfully assembled tribute to a community’s fortitude."
LESLEY FELPERIN, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"An empathic, thoughtful documentary."
LESLEY FELPERIN, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Thank you for your interest in supporting victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. The following organizations are still providing direct assistance to the community:
PARADISE ROTARY FOUNDATION
The Paradise Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, established in 2009 as a means to receive and distribute funds to support community projects and organizations. The Foundation’s mission is to financially assist non-profits whose efforts improve the quality of life in Paradise. The Foundation’s present focus is on the rebuilding and re-population of Paradise following the Camp Fire.
BUTTE STRONG FUND
The Butte Strong Fund is a partnership of the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund. It is focused on long-term rebuilding and funds projects and organizations within five focus areas: housing, health and wellness, education, community development, and business recovery.
CAMP FIRE COLLABORATIVE
The Camp Fire Collaborative (CFC) is a community collaboration comprised of over 50 nonprofit, private, and public organizations working to address the unmet needs of Camp Fire survivors throughout the Butte County region following the exhaustion of federal and state resources. The collaboration identifies long-term recovery issues and develops strategies utilizing their combined vision and resources.
You can also consider supporting recovery efforts provided by the following organizations as other natural disasters arise:
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross’ network of generous donors, volunteers and employees shares a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, at home and around the world. Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. For 2018 wildfire survivors across California, the American Red Cross allocated $27 million in direct financial assistance.
Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need.
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves the United States of America by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. Through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s First Responders Outreach, the Foundation provides help and critical funding for emergency relief, training, and essential equipment to ensure these heroes perform to the best of their abilities.
Please note – this film contains graphic content that may be upsetting, particularly for victims of the Camp Fire. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety please seek help. See below for a list of resources in and around Paradise.
The Disaster Distress Helpline
1 (800) 985-5990 or Text: TalkWithUs to 66746
Butte County Behavioral Health
(530) 872-6328 – Youth (ages 0-24)
(530) 877-5845 – Adults (ages 18 and over)
North Valley Talk Line
Mental Health for Kids & Youth
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Enloe Behavioral Health
Heartstrings Counseling - 8 Free sessions for Camp Fire Survivors
Caring Choices - 8 Free sessions for Camp Fire Survivors
Valley Oak Children’s Services
Tzu Chi Chico
CA Parent & Youth Helpline
Mental Health Tips:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association provides resources specifically designed around coping with disasters or traumatic events. These resources include:
Support wildfire relief efforts in California.
From October 1-31, 2020, for every digital rental of or purchase to own “Rebuilding Paradise” in the month of October 2020, National Geographic Partners, LLC will donate One Dollar ($1.00) to California Community Foundation, in support of the Butte Strong Fund’s and North Valley Community Foundation’s ongoing wildfire relief and long-term recovery efforts in Butte County and Paradise, California, up to a maximum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000). Valid in the U.S., excluding Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina. For more information about the California Community Foundation, go to www.calfund.org.