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
If you want to be on the ground helping out, there are a few ways to do so.
- The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is looking for Spanish speakers, medical staff (especially doctors and nurses), and people who can work overnight. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-573-3399.
- The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is assisting with the evacuation efforts and currently taking volunteer information via their portal.
- The city of Santa Rosa recommends volunteers sign up with the American Red Cross.
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.
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.
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.