The Unsung Heroes of Paradise: Why the Post Office is Crucial to Paradise’s Recovery
Long lines out the door. 18-hour work days. Residences that no longer existed—and at least 17,000 new forwarding addresses.
These are all challenges the Paradise Post Office faced during the aftermath of the Camp Fire. After reopening on December 17, 2018—a little over a month after the Camp Fire—postal workers from around the nation rushed to help. Some employees even volunteered their time to help out during one of the busiest times of the year: the holiday season.
In the months following, the Post Office, in one of the few buildings that survived the fire, re-emerged to continue its role as an integral part of helping the Paradise community recover—one package at a time.
“It is a great honor to serve Paradise, CA, as your new Postmaster. My staff and I are excited about the revitalization of Paradise and will proudly continue to connect neighbors and our community to the nation.”- Postmaster Paradise Carolyn Gillette.
The Paradise Post Office was first built in 1877, and since then it’s filled an important role in Paradise.
The U.S. Post Office supplies valuable jobs, allows people to send and receive essential documents, and provides important services to communities. Grandma forgot her thyroid medicine at your house? Send it through the Post Office. How do phone companies give you monthly bills? Usually through USPS. And what about mailing letters to your Uncle Bob overseas? Yep, the Postal Service is there for you once again.
And the United States Postal Service delivers to every address in the country—the only mailing service to do so. Companies like FedEx and UPS don’t always serve rural areas. This, combined with the fact that USPS is often the most affordable option, are two of the reasons the USPS sends 48% of mail in the world. And the U.S. Postal Service also employs over 630,000 people in the U.S.—making them an important part of the economy.
You get the idea: U.S. Post Offices are pretty crucial.
And while you’re there, you might as well take advantage of some of the services that the Paradise Post Office provides.
You can visit the Paradise Post Office on 6469 Clark Road to:
- Send and pick up domestic and international mail
- Buy stamps, greeting cards, and mailing materials
- Issue burial flags
- Create and send domestic and international money orders
- Obtain a Business Reply Mail New Permit
- Check your post office account balance
And so much more. Check the Paradise USPS site for a full list of services—and to learn more about why the U.S. Postal Service is truly vital for every community, including Paradise.
Contact the Paradise Post Office at 530-872-5150 or visit their location at 6469 Clark Road from 10AM-4PM Monday to Friday to inquire about further resources.