California Wildfire Relief

The smoky air is a constant reminder of the serious situation our state is in. Fires have been burning not just across California, but the entire western United States. Many of us are concerned about the magical places where we created special memories, like Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Others are wondering if they will even have a home to return to. I have several friends and clients who have been evacuated and can only hope for the best. This leaves one feeling powerless. Yet it is natural for many of us to wonder how we can help.

If you are personally in need of help, please check these Victim Resources below.

Victim Resources
https://www.disasterassistance.gov : Enter your address to see if you qualify
https://www.facebook.com/groups/306157697116617: Support and information.

If you would like to help others in need, thank you. Aid workers say cash is best if you really want to help because money can be spent on exactly what disaster victims need at the moment they need it. If you don’t feel comfortable sending cash, consider sending gift cards. It is generally not advisable to donate items, unless requested, because inventory becomes difficult to manage. I’d like to offer the following links for a place one can donate. Some of these sites are general relief funds, while others are more specific to the area or purpose. Follow your heart as to where you donate, and how much.

Mother nature often proves that we are feeble, but we can still make a difference. Thank you for doing your part.


Donations For the Victims

My office is hosting a VIRTUAL MIXOLOGY CLASS with proceeds going to victim funds. This will be a fun event whereby you learn to make a drink or two and help as well.
American Red Cross: Donations will go to the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts.
CDP California Wildfires Recovery Fund: Help the Center for Disaster Philanthropy support those affected by the wildfires.
KW CARES Go Fund Me is raising $10,000 for wildfire victims.
Off the Grid NorCal Fire Fund: Donations will provide meals to those affected by the Bay Area fire. If you are a corporate partner or food truck business and wish to help, join the effort.
The Salvation Army: Donations support disaster relief for the current wildfires as well as potential future disasters.
Wildfire Relief Fund: Supporting immediate, mid- and long term recovery efforts for major California wildfires.

Donations For the Firefighters (and victims)
California Fire Foundation: This foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
GlobalGiving — California Wildfire: Providing support for firefighters and supplying food, water and medicine to people in need.
World Central Kitchen: Chef José Andres’ World Central Kitchen is feeding firefighters and evacuees. Donations needed.

Donations For the Animals
Humane Society of the United States: helps with small pets and large animals.
The Real Cowboy 911: Find information on this group that offers assistance with livestock and pets in emergency situations.
Vema Net: Volunteers for the Emergency Management of Animals Network is a free online bulletin board where people can offer or ask for help with animals in need of evacuation and a temporary safe haven.
Woodside Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: Help support large animal disaster relief.

Donations For the Forest
Big Basin Redwoods Recovery Fund: Donations are needed to rebuild Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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