What Happened in Oakland
On December 2, dozens of young people gathered for a music event in a warehouse space in Oakland, California. While this creative environment kept visitors and residents safe from outside judgment, hate, or violence – it was not safe from hazard. The warehouse unexpectedly caught fire and was engulfed in flames within minutes – leaving little time for attendees to escape the deadly flames.
To horrible disbelief, 36 lives were stolen that night – making this one of the deadliest U.S. fires in the past 50 years.
Why We Care
This tragic event occurred in Oakland, California - the birthplace of Educents, home of many of its employees, and impacted the lives of many people in our community.
On that awful evening, we lost educators, innovators, artists, dancers, musicians, and dozens of future leaders of our community.
While this immense tragedy is difficult for us to process, it is with heavy hearts that we grieve for all of the victims, their families, and the entire Oakland community.
They Need Our Help
It’s true that those families will never fully recover from losing their loved ones.
However, there are a lot of ways we can provide support to the victims, their families, and rescue efforts. Educents and its individual employees have made monetary donations to relief funds for the victims and their families.
These donations are being matched by organizations like local sports teams - Oakland A's baseball team, Oakland Raiders football team, and Golden State Warriors basketball team. The Red Cross is fairly distributing these funds to the families of those who lost their lives and individuals who experienced serious medical trauma escaping the fire.
We invite you to donate too. It's easy to make a donation - big or small - online. If you prefer to mail donations, this organization is accepting mailed donations to their Fire Relief Fund.
If you are a medical or menthal health professional, you can offer pro-bono medical or mental health services to victims of the fire.
If you'd like to get involved in the recovery process of the Oakland Fire, sign up to offer your assistance in general volunteer work, assistance at related events, promotions, or offering other skill sets to help organize around these related issues.
Please keep Oakland in your prayers.