In response to recent tragedies in California, professional baseball players Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, with Mike Attanasio from the Milwaukee Brewers Ownership Group and Rams’ Quarterback, Jared Goff, joined forces with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA to create CALIFORNIA STRONG. California Strong’s commitment to raising money and awareness to support those affected by the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California, quickly resulted in it becoming a household name.
It was soon recognized there was an obvious need for this type of immediate financial assistance after major disasters. Harnessing the energy and enthusiasm surrounding California Strong, the team decided to turn this endeavor into an on-going charity providing support to all Californians after disasters. Assistance has been provided to the Santa Cruz Boat Tragedy on September 3, 2019, the Helicopter Crash on January 26, 2020 and the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund in partnership with the Ventura County Community Foundation. Donations have also been made during the pandemic to Feeding America, UCSF Health, UCLA Health and Cedars-Sinai.
Grants provided to families are intended to address the immediate needs they have directly following a disaster.
Key statistics about California Strong Grant Disbursements:
Over $2.1 million dollars have been distributed to households throughout the state.
Over 1125 families have received grants.
CALIFORNIA STRONG encompasses a number of fundraising campaigns to ensure maximum exposure and participation in support of those in need now, and for months and years to come. With the support of professional athletes, actors and musicians alike, we seek to promote a united front as we help the countless people in need to rebuild and thrive.