When wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties in October 2017, their impact literally hit ProTransport-1 close to home. The company was founded and remains headquartered in Sonoma County, operating every day of the year from its Cotati offices. Naturally, ProTransport-1 stepped up to help keep the community safe as fires threatened homes and businesses, assisting with hospital evacuations and patient relocation. Throughout the fires and their aftermath, ProTransport-1 has been there to support team members, families and friends displaced by the disaster.
Communities affected by the fires have pulled together during the recovery effort, donating food, clothing and other necessities including places to live. However, many outside the areas directly impacted by the devastation offered support as well, including students at iLearn Academy in Meadow Vista, a community outside of Sacramento. Working closely with Priscilla Burgi, ProTransport-1’s Director of Safety & Risk, students at the K-8 school took it upon themselves to make a positive impact. After planning a donation drive in the community and setting an initial goal of raising 1,000 items for donation to fire victims, the students collected 3,000 items. They even won a friendly wager with their principal, who had agreed to an Ice Bucket Challenge-style soaking if they raised at least 1,600 items.
In addition to helping iLearn Academy students with their donations, ProTransport-1 had its own donation drive at company headquarters in October to help displaced team members as well as the many local residents who had sought refuge at shelters around the Bay Area. In both cases, ProTransport-1 couldn’t be more proud of its team for giving back and helping others do the same.