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10 Ways To Help Victims And Firefighters Of The Northern California Wildfires

Nikol Slatinska | October 6, 2020 | Lifestyle

During such devastating events, communities are coming together for members in need.


1. Airbnb Open Homes

The fires have caused widespread property damage and displacement across the area, leaving many natives without shelter. Through Airbnb’s program, hosts can offer their homes for free to those affected, allowing survivors some comfort during such hard times.

2. American Red Cross

The Red Cross has already provided thousands of Bay Area locals with access to free food and lodging. Making a contribution will further these disaster alleviation efforts. Proceeds will go toward finding refuge for evacuees, emergency centers and other services.

3. California Association of Food Banks

The association solicits and distributes food to more than 40 food banks, helping feed wildfire victims and others in need. Although food drives are certainly beneficial, cash donations allow food banks to purchase meals from retailers and farmers at low cost and distribute them to patrons.

4. California Firefighters Benevolent Fund

This charitable fund is set up for the firefighters impacted by the calamity. Proceeds will provide financial assistance to displaced firefighters and their families. Eligible firefighters receive $500 from the fund for immediate relief, as well as other support.

5. California Immigrant Resilience Fund

The fund works with 60 local organizations to distribute funding to undocumented families. It will secure resources for many individuals affected by the wildfires who might not have other means of accessing them.

6. North Valley Animal Disaster Group

Money given to this group will allow volunteers to accommodate and care for homeless animals and teach residents of Butte County how to evacuate safely with their pets. Those looking to get involved can still sign up for winter training in order to volunteer in the future.

7. Northern California Salvation Army

Many people suffering from the recent events require not only temporary respite but consolation for the future as well. Monetary backing for the Salvation Army goes toward food and other essentials for survivors, as well as long-term restoration and much more.

8. Off the Grid NorCal Fire Fund

With multiple fires having ravaged the Bay Area, community members and firefighters are in need of nourishing meals to stay strong. Food truck businesses can sign up to join the effort, and Off the Grid has also created a GoFundMe to aid emergency organizations.

9. San Mateo and Santa Clara County Fire Relief Fund

In response to the wildfires’ unprecedented damage, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has created this fund to sustain nonprofit organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties working with victims of the fires. Contributions will go to the San Andreas Regional Center, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley and other nonprofits.

10. United Way of Northern California

This organization is accepting funds that will go toward wildfire mitigation. Additionally, United Way allots money to other nonprofits aiding in the crisis and offers mid- to long-term recovery support for people affected.

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