California Wildfires: How to Help Victims of Camp, Woolsey, Hill Fires
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California is suffering another year-end wave of wildfires that have had tragic consequences including loss of life and homes.
The Camp Fire in Butte County, Hill Fire in Ventura County and Woolsey Fire spanning Los Angeles and Ventura Counties have also led to major evacuations, and the fires — which all started on Thursday — are still burning as another week unfolds.
Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared states of emergency for all three counties and many residents are still awaiting news about their homes or struggling to deal with the loss of loved ones, houses and possessions.
California has an official state website, californiavolunteers.ca.gov, which outlines the best ways to volunteer and support victims of the wildfires and their animals. Financial donations are most helpful, officials say, though sometimes more specific needs are posted.
For direct service providers, the state recommend giving to The Salvation Army and American Red Cross.
The Salvation Army: Send California Wildfire Relief Now
American Red Cross: November 2018 Wildfires Response
Here are some other ways you can help.
Camp Fire — Butte County
North Valley Community Foundation Evacuation Relief Fund
The North Valley Community Foundation is activating its Northern California Fire Relief Fund to raise money to support the operations of organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire.
Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund
The Butte County Office of Education created the Schools Fire Relief Fund to provide a one-stop location where individuals or organizations can provide monetary support directly to schools in Butte County. Donors can either specify a school, distinct use or make an open donation.
United Way of Northern California
United Way of Northern California is offering emergency cash assistance to those who lost their homes to help with urgent basic necessities.
To give your support, go here or text BUTTEFIRE to 91999.
Temporary housing from Airbnb
The Airbnb Evacuee Program for survivors of the Camp Fire is now open to those looking for temporary housing.
If you are a host and interested in signing up your home to provide emergency shelter to people affected by this devastating fire, go here.
Collection Center For In-Kind Donations Drop Off
Oroville Municipal Auditorium, 1200 Myers Street, Oroville, CA 95965
Volunteer with Caring Choices
If you are interested in volunteering to help the survivors of the Camp Fire, please contact Caring Choices. Their Emergency Volunteer Center is accepting applications for interested volunteers.
To sign up to volunteer, go here.
Hill and Woolsey Fires — Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to collect donations. It is also accepting donations in a Conejo Valley Victims Fund for victims of the recent mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.
United Way of Ventura County and Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with United Way of Ventura County, has created a disaster relief fund to help those impacted by the Hill and Woolsey Fires and other natural disasters in Los Angeles County and other areas of Southern California.
To give your support, go here or text “UWVC” to 41444
Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is seeking donations to support evacuated animals being housed at its shelter.
Temporary housing from Airbnb
The Airbnb Evacuee Program for survivors of the Hill and Woolsey Fires is now open to those looking for temporary housing.
If you are a host and interested in signing up your home to provide emergency shelter to people affected by these devastating fires, go here.
Want more information?
More information about these fires can be found on these official websites:
Ventura County Emergency Information: vcemergency.com
Cal Office of Emergency Services website: caloes.ca.gov
Cal Fire Incident Webpage: fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
Cal Office of Emergency Services: wildfirerecovery.org
The state also warns people looking to help to think twice about donating unsolicited goods or self-deploying to help until a need has been identified and the local affected community has requested support.
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