The smell of the fire still lingers more than 2 years later, but the very heart of Paradise, California, could not be extinguished. The 2018 Camp Fire was one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California’s history. As rebuilding efforts continue, Academy Mortgage is teaming up with several non-profit organizations to help Inspire Hope in the community still considered home to many families.
In June, Academy Mortgage will be sending volunteers to Paradise to help rebuild some of the homes lost in the fire. “The town of Paradise is near and dear to us here at Academy,” says Academy Mortgage Loan Officer Michael Powell. Powell is a resident of neighboring Chico and has seen the impact the fire has had on Paradise and neighboring communities firsthand. “There isn’t one person who isn’t personally touched by the story of Paradise and the heroic efforts during and after the devastating fire.”
With the help of the non-profit organization Love Builds, local contractors, and donations, Academy Mortgage will begin building homes for seven families, including an elderly woman who lost her house in the Camp Fire. The mortgage company will also construct sheds for local schools and neighborhoods. “Our goal is to play a small part in making Paradise home again to those who lost everything in this unprecedented event,” said Powell.
The first team of 50 volunteers from Academy Mortgage will arrive in Paradise on June 6, 2021. The team will go through orientation on Sunday and will then head to the jobsite on Monday to begin constructing the first home. The second team of volunteers will arrive June 13, 2021.
Academy Mortgage is also hosting the Paradise Rising Festival on June 17, 2021. The event is free for all to attend and will celebrate the Paradise Community and the commitment to building prosperity in Paradise. There will also be 250 trees that will be given out as part of the rebuilding efforts in the community.
What: Paradise Rising Festival
When: June 17, 2021, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Paradise Aquatic Park
5600 Recreation Drive, Paradise, CA 95969