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How to Help Victims of the Fires in Northern California

How to Help Victims of the Fires in Northern California

Updated:  October 16

Windblown fires in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties have taken the lives of at least 40 people and destroyed thousands of buildings and hundreds of thousands of acres of land.  More than 100 people are still missing.

They are the among California's worst fires on record.

How to help the victims and their families

*Special thanks to Susie Tompkins Buell who shared many of these resources.

If you live in northern California:

Comprehensive lists of shelters, evacuee resources, and volunteer opportunities here and here.

A list of donation drop-off sites (frequently updated with more than 60 so far) here.

Can you offer free housing?  Airbnb will match you with someone who needs it through October 30.

Wherever you live, consider donating to any of the following:

The Latino Community Foundation is coordinating a fund for 3 Latino-led nonprofits that advocate for families and farmworker communities.

UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County will provide direct assistance to undocumented victims of the fires.

IAFF Locals 1775 and 1401 have established the Bay Area Firefighters and Families campaign to support firefighters who have lost their homes.  According to the campaign, many firefighters are "still on the firelines and haven't even been able to return home or assess the damage".

The Anova Center for Education has launched a rebuilding campaign.  Anova - Sonoma's only nonprofit school for children with autism - was destroyed by the fire.

More donation opportunities: North Bay Fire Relief, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the City of Santa Rosa's YouCaring campaign, the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, and the Disaster Fund for Mendocino County.

To support 4-legged friends: Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue, Wine Country Animal Lovers, and the Marin Humane Society are all raising funds for animal burn victims and displaced pets.

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