California is currently suffering from catastrophic statewide wildfires. With more than 3,500 structures already lost, the full extent of the damage and devastation is yet to be realized.

In the past week, more than 8,000 firefighters from California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon have battled day and night to contain the blazes, which spread rapidly due to dry conditions and exceptionally strong winds.

With towns, homes, and businesses burning, this disaster is on a large scale and recovery will take Herculean efforts from across the country. No matter where you live, you can help.

If you’re local

 

Volunteer

If you want to be on the ground helping out, there are a few ways to do so.



Donate goods

With so many people displaced, many evacuation centers are in need of basic supplies.

  • Franklin Hall at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds is looking for socks, hair brushes, and toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, tissues, and diapers.
  • The United Way of the Wine Country is looking for nonperishable goods to be donated at 975 Corporate Center Parkway Suite 160, Santa Rosa, CA 95407.
  • Sports Basement Stores are currently taking new donation items, like clothing and diapers, at their store locations. You can also buy new Sports Basement items for donation at a 40 percent discount.
  • HipCamp is connecting evacuees with people who can offer their space. Register here.
  • AirBnB’s disaster reponse program allows hosts to board evacuees. Areas include Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and some parts of Marin. Add your AirBnB here.
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If you’re out of state

As recent hurricane devastation has already shown, it takes a village to recover from an event of this magnitude. Even if you don’t live in California, you can still help.

Here’s a list of foundations that are currently taking monetary donations.

Napa Valley Community Foundation
Redwood Credit Union
Sonoma County Resilience Fund
Tubbs Fire Victims — Santa Rosa Community

As evacuees cope with displacement and the loss of their homes or their loved ones, any contribution is deeply appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to help support the recovery efforts.

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Chris has written everything from fiction manuscripts to pretend newsletters about pirates. He's even edited numerous volumes of work written entirely by kids. As a freelance writer at Esurance, he strives to bring out the whimsy and heart of insurance. Outside of Esurance, Chris is an audiophile, visual artist, and explorer of late-night taquerias.