We began as two separate but related organizations: RB United and ReBuild RB.
RB United formed as a non-profit partnership of the RB Community Foundation, the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, and The San Diego Foundation to assess and handle the community’s needs in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 Witch Creek fires. ReBuild RB was created as a 501(c) (3) public charity to serve the survivors of the 2007 Witch Creek Fires, with 90% of all funds collected by Rebuild RB going directly to individual fire victims.
Our two organizations merged in 2009 into a single local non-profit agency capable of applying for grants and seeking underwriting for emergency preparedness and community improvement projects. We maintain the website name ReBuild RB, but operate under the umbrella name RB United.
During our first two years, RB United served 527 fire families in the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, and Ramona; coordinated 274 events with 10,000+ total attendees; collaborated with 130 organizations and businesses; and leveraged almost $1.2 million for fire recovery efforts (against an outlay of approximately $250,000 from The San Diego Foundation’s Disaster Board).
RB United was recognized in 2010 as one of the top five nonprofit organizations for the Governor and First Lady’s California Volunteers Nonprofit of the Year. Our Director, Valerie Brown, was a Western Division honoree for the SBA Project Phoenix Award for her work in the 2007 wildfire recovery efforts.
Since 2007, RB United has assisted the San Diego County VOAD with response and recovery efforts for similar disasters impacting San Diego County.