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How to Help With California Fire Relief

A list of trusted organizations like local community foundations and disaster relief nonprofits that are working to help


November 13, 2018

As three major wildfires continue to blaze in California, we are sharing a list of organizations that are working to support the affected residents and responders. Already, more than 40 lives have been lost and more people are missing.

The Camp Fire, in the northern part of the state, has destroyed more than 7,000 structures, making it California's most destructive wildfire. The blaze also consumed most of Paradise, a town north of Sacramento. In Southern California, officials estimate that more than the 250,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the Woolsey and Hill fires.

Here are a few trusted resources for those who want to support these communities with immediate help including emergency shelter, as well as long-term support and rebuilding.

  • The North Valley Community Foundation has activated the Northern California Fire Relief Fund to raise money to support organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire.
  • The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
  • Direct Relief is providing N-95 masks, medicine and other resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected communities across California.
  • United Way of Northern California has established a fund to aid victims of the Camp Fire with will provide emergency cash assistance and support.
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles has established a fund to help low income residents reestablish their lives in the aftermath of the fires.
  • To help efforts with the thousands of animals who are affected by the fires, the Humane Society of the Unites States’ Emergency Rescue Fund coordinates with local shelters and state agencies to help transport, rescue and provide aid relief for all animals.

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