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January 31, 2023

Community Bridges offering free cleanup tool rental program

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Community Bridges is providing cleanup tools and resources at Family Resource Collective (FRC) locations, aiming to help the community recover from the floods and mudslides produced by the recent storms.

Residents can rent items such as air movers, dehumidifiers, wet/dry vacs, carpet cleaners, push brooms, and pressure washers, at no cost. Other single-use cleanup items such as contractor bags, gloves, sponges, and disinfectant are also available through support of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, American Red Cross and Home Depot Foundation grants. 

“It was critical that we responded as soon as the emergency began by purchasing items that would be likely to be sold out during the immediate days following the disaster,” said Community Bridges CEO Raymon Cancino. “Knowing that those with the means would have the resources to repair while many working families and seniors would be with no other options isn’t a reality we wanted to see. This was a necessary response to ensure equity in recovery exists.”

Items are available at the following FRCs:

• La Manzana Community Resources, 521 Main St., Ste. Y, Watsonville. Phone: 724.2997 

• Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. Phone: 476.7284

• Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton. Phone: 335.6600

Community Bridges urges people to call the FRC they intend to visit ahead of time, to check on availability. To rent the equipment, one must fill out a damage assessment form and liability release form at the location. Equipment will need to be returned no more than one week after check out. 

In an effort to expand the rental program, Community Bridges is asking the community to donate lightly used tools and new single-use items. Donations can be dropped off at any of the participating FRC locations. 

Staff Report
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