How We Can Help Those Affected By the California Fires

You've been hearing in the news about the fires in the Malibu, California area and that many people have lost their homes.  I believe that latest count which will likely be higher is 177 homes lost.  My friend Joel was one of the people that lost his home that I believe he purchased in the 80's.  Awful.  He and his family are safe thankfully.  This video believe is from today.  It's amazing how many organizations are helping people affected by these fires.  The New York Times has posted these multiple ways you can help from wherever you are:

  • California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: For 15 years, the foundation has offered aid to those affected by wildfires.  Grants have gone to rebuilding homes, providing financial and mental health assistance and helping those affected to get medical treatment.  Here's the link to help.  
  • Caring Choices: This nonprofit, which is in Chico, Calif., has turned into a hub for organizing volunteers to help those affected by the Camp Fire. Volunteers are assigned a variety of duties, including caring for displaced animals and, for those who are certified doctors or nurses, offering medical care. The organization has paused taking on new volunteers for the next few days but still encourages applications. It said it will need extra hands in the coming weeks. Caring Choices is also seeking monetary donations for its operations.
  • Enloe Medical Center: This 298-bed hospital is in Chico, the site of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire. It is accepting donations for patients and families who have been displaced.
  • Entertainment Industry Foundation: This nonprofit, started by Hollywood stars, has a fund that helps firefighters and other emergency workers battling California wildfires. One of its beneficiaries is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks and night-vision goggles for helicopter pilots. Another beneficiary provides meals for emergency workers and evacuees staying in shelters.
  • Humane Society of Ventura County: This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.
  • North Valley Community Foundation: This nonprofit in Chico is raising money to support organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire. These could include churches, fairgrounds and community centers, said Logan Todd, a foundation spokesman.
  • Salvation Army: At both ends of the state, the Salvation Army is providing meals to shelters in local churches, fairgrounds and a community college.
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles: This local branch of the national organization is raising money for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill Fires, specifically to help low-income residents.
  • United Way of Northern California: This local chapter of the national nonprofit has established a disaster relief fund to offer emergency cash and help to people who have lost their homes, according to a news release.
  • Airbnb:  People displaced by the fire, as well as those helping have free accommodations via Airbnb through November 29th for shelter.
  • Other various organizations:  American Red Cross, The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, United Way Disaster Relief Fun, Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Relief Fund
 
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