San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Disaster Relief Fund

The Betsuin Disaster Relief Fund was established by the Board of Directors in 2017 with a committee comprised of Sangha members that is guided by processes and procedures. The Committee appeals to Sangha members, families and friends to donate to help relieve the specific disasters. It also strives to donate to organizations that have a personal connection to our temple. We have also conducted “Dana Days” where we have food sales and other fundraisers and events to raise awareness of these issues. Osaisen (service offerings) collected at services are earmarked for this funds as well.

Since 2017, the Disaster Relief Fund has donated to the following:

Year Recipients
2017 Santa Rosa City School District faculty & staff who lost their homes in the Sonoma County Tubbs Fire.
Kids Meals Houston where Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.
2018 Boy and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico who incurred devastation from Hurricane Maria.
2019 – 2020 Two Hongwanji Temples in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (Soshin-Ji, Hongaku-Ji) for the devastation incurred from Typhoon Faxai.
2021 Higashi Hongwanji Temple of Los Angeles for the property vandalism repairs.