Assemblywoman Dahle and Plumas Bank assist South Carolina woman with “Greenvilles for Greenville” fundraiser, benefitting Dixie Fire stricken town in Plumas County
GREENVILLE – Cynthia Burns, a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, rallied Greenvilles nationwide to support the Northern California town that burned in the Dixie Fire of the same name. Upon hearing the news about Greenville, California, Burns’ neighbor, also a resident of Greenville, SC, suggested their community do something to help via the popular site NextDoor. Burns took it upon herself to help.
During her research, she discovered that 34 Greenvilles are recognized by the United States Census Bureau. Burns reached out to each one to provide the opportunity for their residents to contribute to the GoFundMe she created. As donations began to come in, Burns reached out to Assemblywoman Megan Dahle’s office for help getting the funds to the community of Greenville, California. Having previously worked with the staff at Plumas Bank, Dahle facilitated a connection between them and Burns to incorporate the funds toward the Dixie Fire Fund – a fund administered by The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada. The Dixie Fire Fund has raised approximately $170,000 so far, including a $50,000 donation by Plumas Bank.
“My team and I recently drove through Greenville to visit the families and children of that community. Seeing them acclimating to their lives in new schools, in new communities was bittersweet. I look forward to seeing Greenville rebuilt and I am thankful for people like Cynthia who have contributed to that future,” said Dahle.
“I think people were just really touched by the story, that a town could just be totally wiped out in no time,” said Burns.
Due to the anonymity of many donors Burns is uncertain how many of the 34 Greenvilles participated, however, those she spoke to about the fundraiser were glad to have a way to help out.
“It’s remarkable that a community more than two thousand miles away felt a sense of connection to the people of Greenville and empathized with the Dixie Fire tragedy,” said Andrew Ryback, President and CEO of Plumas Bank. “I’m inspired by people like Cynthia who are supporting Dixie Fire recovery efforts. Every contribution and act of kindness makes a difference.” Plumas Bank’s branch in Greenville, California was significantly damaged and was one of only five buildings that remained standing after the town was destroyed by the Dixie Fire.
The Dixie Fire began in mid-July, burning nearly 964,000 acres across five counties in Northeastern California. One of California’s largest wildfires in history, the fire destroyed more than 1,300 structures and damaged nearly 100 more. As of Oct. 24, fire officials reported full containment of the Dixie Fire.
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties. For more information about Assemblywoman Dahle, visit ad01.asmrc.org/.
About Plumas Bank
Plumas Bank provides financial services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout the region. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. For more information about Plumas Bank, visit
About The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada
Founded in 1980, Plumas Bank is a locally owned, full-service community bank headquartered in Quincy, California. The
bank operates fourteen branches across Northeastern California and Northern Nevada with loan production offices in
California, Nevada and southern Oregon.
The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that has distributed more than $145
million in grants and scholarships from 247 charitable funds. Founded in 1998, the foundation is a community leader,
permanent charitable resource, and a philanthropic advisor in charitable giving. For more information, visit