No one expected the series of wildfires that ignited in Northern California on October 8 to spread so quickly. As our disaster assessment began in the hardest hit areas in Santa Rosa, the smell of smoke still filled the air. People here were evacuated in the middle of the night, without any warning, as walls of flame closed in just a few feet away. Many are now coming to terms with the loss of absolutely everything they owned.
It was after a chance encounter with Tzu Chi’s founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, that one woman became inspired to bring the foundation’s work to the United States, thus creating our Northwest chapter. Mrs. Lin-Wang, who we affectionately refer to as ah-ma, meaning “grandmother” in Taiwanese, didn’t speak English, and didn’t drive, but, she had resolved to expand the spirit of great love to her community. Dubbed the "Silicon Valley Grandma," her efforts empowered more volunteers to take part in our humanitarian aid work. It was that compassion and steadfastness that sparked Tzu Chi’s San Jose Service Center in 1993. To this day, our volunteers continue to provide relief to those who are struggling.
Our volunteers are attentive to the needs of the homeless and the disadvantaged. We strive to have positive impact, and assist those who are struggling for a brighter future.
With the creation of our first medical outreach team in 1995, our volunteers have worked adamantly to provide comprehensive health and dental care to low-income families.
Offices in the Northwest Region (12)