How to help victims of the california wildfires

 image from CNN / Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames consume a house in Magalia, California.

image from CNN / Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames consume a house in Magalia, California.

Both southern and northern California have been ablaze for the last week between the Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires. More than 300,000 have been evacuated from their homes, and in many areas the fire is still active. Communities are starting to think about how to rebuild and we know a lot of people have been wanting to help. Below please find some links and information on where help is most needed and beneficial. Many thanks for you generosity and love. The organizations listed below are on the ground providing people with food, water and other relief supplies. We hope California has a long break after this devastating week.

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UNITED WAY

If you’d like to donate to charities focused on Southern California fires, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with the United Way of Ventura County and is raising money to help low-income residents.

If you’d like to specifically help victims of the Camp Fire, the United Way of Northern California is asking for donations, but its relief fund will provide emergency cash grants and other help to victims more broadly.

los angeles fire department

Efforts have been requested to be made to the LAFD to ensure appropriate hydration backpacks are purchased for our heroic firefighters.

The California Fire Foundation

The California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Among many other things, the Foundation supplies emergency support to departments and families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and provides educational assistance to the children of fallen firefighters through the California Firefighters Endowment and Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program. The Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire or other natural disaster throughout California. Working together with the California Fire Foundation, firefighters throughout California distribute gift cards in the amount of $100 to eligible victims of fire or other natural disaster, so they may purchase basic necessities such as medicine, food or clothing.