How to Help Victims of Woolsey, Hill Fires

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As the Woolsey and Hill Fires continued to wreak havoc in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, thousands remain evacuated. Many don’t know if they have a home to return to when they are safe to return to their communities.

Officials and some organizations have urged the public to avoid bringing food, clothing and other items to shelters and consider making monetary donations instead.

Here’s how to help those affected by the destructive blazes.


  • Salvation Army: KTLA has partnered with the Salvation Army for a wildfire relief fund. Find out how do donate at 
  • American Red Cross: The organization is providing shelter and food for victims of the wildfire throughout different areas affected by the blazes. Those hoping to donate can visit, call 1-800-Red-Cross, or text REDCROSS to 90999.
  • The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a fund to support the needs of local nonprofits serving the victims of the Woolsey and Hill fires.
    • Shake Shack said on Tuesday, Nov. 13, its Westlake Village location will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to the Ventura County Community Foundation. The company also said it won’t charge rescue workers, law enforcement officers and firefighters in Thousand Oaks for their meals the entire week.
  • Google: The search engine is helping people donate through Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Those hoping to donate can do so directly by searching “donate Southern California fires” and their donation will be redirected to the center.
  • United Way of Los Angeles: The L.A. chapter of the organization is teaming up with the United Way of Ventura County to accept donations though its disaster relief fund.
  • Entertainment Industry Foundation: The organization is accepting donations for firefighters and other first responders through its Fire Relief Fund.
  • Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: L.A. County officials recommended giving monetary donations to this firefighter organization along with a few other local nonprofits.
  • GoFundMe created one page linking to verified campaigns set up on the website, including funds for first responders and schools affected by the fires.

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  • American Red Cross: Residents can also volunteer with the Red Cross during disasters.
  • City of Los Angeles: The city was looking for volunteers to help. Those looking to donate or volunteer can head to go to the City Council District 3 donations center at 19040 Vanowen St., in Reseda, which is open until 2 p.m. Saturday.

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