Jennifer Gray Thompson, CEO and Judy Coffey, Board President of a leading nonprofit in wildfire recovery in the United States announced Alaska Airlines as After the Fire USA’s exclusive travel partner.
The travel partnership with Alaska Airlines supports the work of After the Fire USA in critically important ways: a donation that fiscally supports our Community to Community Programs (C2C) and a travel credit of $25,000 per year.
The travel credit will be used both for staff travel and most importantly, to bring partner delegations to newly fire affected regions. These delegations arrive as boots on the ground, build supportive relationships in the region, and serve as a leadership network for years to come. While we are dedicated to our virtual services, there is no substitute for human interaction, especially after a great trauma. Our C2C Programs link newly fire affected communities with local leadership from other wildfire communities with the goal of supporting locally led and designed recoveries. No community should have to reinvent every aspect of recovery.
“We are proud to partner with a corporate travel leader who shares our values to serve the communities across the American West. Alaska is dedicated to issues of environmental sustainability, inclusion and diversity, and socioeconomic mobility. This is a natural and impactful partnership for After the Fire USA,” stated President Judy Coffey.
This partnership highlights the power of collaborative leadership in the space of disaster and enables After the Fire USA to bring more leaders in service to the recovery of every wildfire affected community we serve. We are currently working in six (6) wildfire communities in various stages of recovery in California and Oregon.
“The partnership with Alaska will enable After the Fire to bring even more experienced wildfire leaders and survivors to deploy across the West in service to our mission and vision to help communities navigate the Era of Megafires” stated CEO Jennifer Gray Thompson. “We have years of direct experience with the massively positive impact mutual aid has on recovery, especially for the long-term. We look forward to increasing our impact because of the partnership with Alaska Airlines.”
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After the Fire: Recover. Rebuild. Reimagine (ATF3R) is an initiative of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in response to a dramatic increase in megafire disasters across the American West.
Our vision is to empower the communities of the American West be more resilient, and to recover faster from wildfire disasters by building local capacity and increasing access to resources.
Our mission is to support communities as they recover from fire, rebuild their lives, and reimagine a more resilient future through prevention, innovation, and facilitating the connection from one fire-impacted community to another.
Please visit www.afterthefireUSA.org
After the Fire USA Media Contact: Jennifer Gray Thompson (707) 953-6034 or [email protected]