Over the past several years, the Valle de Guadalupe has become a haven for aficionados of wine and food from all over the globe. With tremendous worldwide press focusing attention on this valley of boutique wineries and culinary experiences based in locally sourced ingredients, “the Valle” has earned it’s place amongst the top wine regions of the world, standing out for it’s pastoral identity; a proudly bucolic landscape of farms and vineyards, elegant in it’s unruined quality.
But that pastoral elegance comes with challenges; and at no time in recent history have those challenges been more prevalent than during the recent fire storms that encroached upon the peaceful rural communities that constitute the Valle de Guadalupe.
As the fires impinged upon the region and surrounding towns, incredibly overtaxed volunteer firefighters – clad in sneakers and hand-me-down fire coats – fought back flames fueled by 60 mph Santa Ana winds with little more than shovels and pickaxes. The resulting losses of these devastating fires brought to forefront an issue that has long been a troubling thorn in an otherwise idyllic paradise: operating on an entirely volunteer fire service with outdated training and obsolete equipment, the most desirable wine region in the west is in dire need of modernization if it is to support the standards necessitated for the people who call this valley “Home”.
In need of everything from fire retardant pants and long-range walkie-talkies, to fire hoses, smoke masks and fire & rescue certifications, the 16 volunteers that compose the Bomberos Voluntarios El Porvenir use unpaid days off from their usual paid full-time jobs to support the emergency and disaster response team responsible for the 304 square mile region encompassing the Valle de Guadalupe. With a crumbling infrastructure and equipment deemed “Precarious”, the needs are great and lacking the administrative structure to obtain funding from the government. Fiscally supported by small donations from the communities they serve, Bomberos Voluntarios El Porvenir gallantly provides safety and resources to over 7000 residents and 10s of thousands of Valle’s visitors each month.
Please consider a donation to help equip and train the Bomberos Voluntarios El Porvenir; every penny of your donation will go directly to Firefighters Crossing Borders, our 501(c)(3) partner, to benefit Bomberos Voluntarios El Porvenir, the Valle de Guadalupe’s volunteer fire department.
PLEASE note at donation that the funds are to be earmarked specifically for El Porvenir.
Unidos por Valle is fiscally sponsored by Firefighters Crossing Borders, a 501(c)3 designated organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #: 33-1148556.