California Wildfire Relief – How to Help the Victims and Firefighters

By Disaster Relief

California is continuing to battle several wildfires in both its northern and southern regions.  Weather conditions have made many of the fires difficult to contain.  According to CNN, 17 million residents have been issues red flag warnings, and thousands have had to evacuate.  Many of the fire victims and families are in immediate need of basic supplies and will continue to need support once total damage and loss is assessed.  We’ve gathered a list of relief funds that you can donate to, that are helping the California wildfire victims and firefighters.

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California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief fund

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires.  Grants from the Wildfire Relief Fund support those who are displaced or who have lost housing, belongings and/or employment, or suffered physical or mental health problems; helped to rebuild homes; provided case management services, basic needs assistance, mental health services and financial assistance; upgraded 2-1-1 phone and information system; assisted California wildfire victims with follow-up medical care and supplies; provided respiratory equipment and information to people with lung disease; educated homeowners about green rebuilding; and provided disaster preparedness information.

California Fire Foundation

The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire and other natural disasters throughout California. Through this program, frontline firefighters in California provide SAVE gift cards to eligible victims of fire and natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.

L.A. County Fire Department Foundation

Help LAFD firefighters responding to the devastating fires happening throughout Los Angeles. Your donation helps provide tools, equipment and resources for the first responders who are saving lives and property.  The LAFD Foundation is actively seeking funds to equip all 3,300 sworn LAFD members with equipment such as: particulate barrier hoods, carcinogenic-containment gear bags, and fire shelters.

Humane Society of Ventura County

The Humane Society of Ventura County is sheltering evacuee animals affected by the wildfires.  They have opened their doors for around the clock care and reception of both small and large animals.

Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund

The United Way of the Wine Country has opened the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund to help in the relief and recovery efforts of residents post-fire. All gifts made via the website will be directed to the fund until further notice.

Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Community Foundation Sonoma County established the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, a disaster fund addressing their community’s mid- to long-term recovery needs.  The Resilience Fund is the largest long-term recovery fund in Sonoma County. Their grantmaking team engages in a comprehensive community needs assessment to identify where support will be needed most.

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