It’s been a devastating and heartbreaking couple of weeks. On Thursday, November 8th, two of the most destructive wildfires in California history swept through Northern and Southern California. As of right now, the Camp Fire in Northern CA and the Woolsey Fire in Southern CA are still burning. Combined over 200,000 acres have burned, over 10,000 structures have burned down (including the entire town of Paradise), more than 70 people have lost their lives, and the number of missing people keeps rising. It’s hard to fathom the extent of this kind of disaster. I am encouraged by many stories of heroism, communities coming together to support each other, and companies stepping up to help the people whose lives will be forever changed.
If you’re looking for a way to help, I’ve created a list of charities offering support to the victims, firefighters, & animals affected by these tragic wildfires:
California Community Foundation - The Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
California Fire Foundation - As part of the California Fire Foundation’s mission to provide victim assistance, it’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims in California year-round, including both firefighters and civilians. The California Fire Foundation has mobilized direct assistance to those who’ve suffered catastrophic losses in the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire.
Humane Society of Ventura County - The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles - The Southern California Disaster Relief Fund will support our low-income neighbors whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the current wildfires in Southern California.
North Valley Community Foundation - The North Valley Community Foundation fund goes to support the needs of the evacuation centers who opened their doors to house fire victims who lost their homes or had to evacuate.