Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Eight years ago we formed our Auxiliary Board to engage active and altruistic young professionals. The group has a growing membership of over 265 individuals. The purpose of the Board is to support the mission of the Big Shoulders Fund through volunteering in the schools, outreach and fundraising.
The Auxiliary Board has volunteered at school service days, arranged for members to tutor, mentor students, participate on Advisory Boards, held fundraisers and hosted happy hours for socializing and networking.
Since their inception the Auxiliary Board has been able to provide nearly 600 scholarships to students in elementary and high school. This is quite an accomplishment. The students are very excited for the assistance and we are thrilled to have the Auxiliary Board help us provide the assistance. Big Shoulders distributes over 6,000 scholarships each year and the Auxiliary Board's Scholarship is a huge help to this. The Auxiliary Board has been working so hard to raise funds for the scholarships and are excited to see what their scholars do this year.
Currently, there are four Auxiliary Board committees: Fundraising, Service and Membership. Auxiliary Board members can help plan fundraisers, volunteer with Big Shoulders schools and children, and promote the Auxiliary Board and recruit new members. Besides the committees we have many volunteer opportunities available in the schools as mentors, tutors, board members, coaches and more.
You can become involved as much or as little as you would like.