$232,000 grant for school counselors (Press Release)

Butte Strong Fund announces $232,000 grant for school counselors


David Little, director of communications, North Valley Community Foundation. Email:, 530-966-1106.

Robin Gregory, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,, 530-228-6659.




The Butte Strong Fund today announced a grant of $232,000 to the Butte County Office of Education to help address child trauma as a result of the Camp Fire.

The request will fund counselors to be deployed at schools to support students and staff from January to June of the current school year.

The grant also will cover BCOE’s request to provide one full-time coordinator to produce, plan and ensure mental health services are delivered to schools throughout Butte County. The coordinator is also responsible for developing a two- to three-year strategic plan that will support ongoing assistance to districts and schools after funding is extinguished.

“This grant to provide direct mental health care to children impacted by the Camp Fire is just the first of many investments we will be making to support the overall healing and recovery of our children,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation. “Our communities’ children have been and will remain a top priority of the Butte Strong Fund. They each deserve a chance to truly heal.”

The Butte Strong Fund was developed earlier this month as a partnership of three fundraising efforts coordinated by the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.

The Butte Strong Fund provides funding for eligible organizations that are directly serving people displaced by the Camp Fire.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Butte Strong Fund, 240 Main St., Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928 or by visiting