Our thoughts and sympathy are with those affected by the tragic North Bay wildfires.

October 13, 2017

    Want to know how you can help?

    Donations and volunteers are needed in the North Bay Area as local fire crews continue to battle multiple blazes that have wiped out entire neighborhoods and left scores of people unaccounted for in wine country.

    Santa Rosa

    • The city of Santa Rosa said Wednesday that no more donations of food or goods were needed at local evacuation shelters or fire and police departments. The city urged people to donate to the United Way of Wine Country’s Relief Fund.


    • The city of Napa said Tuesday that no volunteers or donated goods were needed. Those who want to volunteer should sign up and update a volunteer profile here with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.

    Yuba Country

    • Yuba County is accepting donations for evacuees in front of Franklin Hall at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. As of Wednesday, they were in need of socks, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, diapers and other toiletries.

    Solano County

    • The Solano County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that no goods are needed at their shelter. Cash donations can be given in person at the Suisun City KROC Center – 586 E Wigeon Way, Suisun City. Cash donations for animal supplies can be given over the phone through Western Ranch Supply at (707) 439-7880 or in person at 103 Aegean Way, Vacaville.

    Donate or sign-up to volunteer with the Red Cross

    • The Red Cross released a statement on Monday afternoon saying that it had met its immediate need for volunteers, but the organization asked interested parties to sign up online for updates, as more people may be needed in the coming days.
    • People can also donate directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief at any time by dialing 1-800 RED CROSS. To make a quick, one-time donation of $10, text REDCROSS to 90999. The donation is used to respond to disasters “big and small.”

    Donate to the Napa Valley Community Foundation

    • The foundation started its Disaster Relief Fund in 2014 after an earthquake flattened areas of South Napa. Now, it’ll be mobilizing the same network for fire victims.
    • In addition to distributing immediate grants to smaller, local nonprofits, the foundation says it will work with government agencies to identify recovery areas that need the most assistance. You can donate online and by snail mail. Click here for more information.

    Donate to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund

    • The Community Foundation of Sonoma County launched a Resilience Fund to help with the mid- to long-term needs of Sonoma reccovery. Facebook, which announced on Tuesday a $1 million pledge to fire relief efforts, has donated $250,000 to the fund. You can donate or find out more here.
    • The Rotary of Sonoma Valley will match the first $10,000 of donations on its YouCaring page.

    Donate to a Crowdfunding site

    • GoFundMe has verified this donation page, created by winery owner Jake Kloberdanz, for general fire relief. There are also dozens of donation pages set up for individual people and families affected by the fire. All donations under the “California Fire Relief” section are backed by GoFundMe’s guarantee policy.
    • The City of Santa Rosa also set up a YouCaring page to assist Tubbs Fire Victims. A slew of Bay Area sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, pledged $450,000 on a YouCaring page and have invited fans to contribute.
    • Meanwhile, cannabis enthusiasts have started a donation page for marijuana growers who lost their farms in the blaze.

    Note: GoFundMe collects 5 percent of the total amount raised and there is a transaction charge for each donation. YouCaring charges a transaction fee but does not collect a percentage of the total donation. 

    Open your home to evacuees

    • Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program for the North Bay. The program, established in 2012, allows hosts to open up their homes for free to people needing shelter. The company released a statement saying it was in need of more hosts to volunteer. Find out more here.
    • Tech workers in San Francisco also started a Google Doc to connect evacuees with housing assistance. If you have space in your home and would welcome evacuees, you’re invited to add your name to the list.
    • SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced homeowners or renters in Sonoma County. Those willing to host a person or family for anywhere from days to months should contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org. Volunteers to help with phones can visit the Petaluma People Services Center at 1500 Petaluma Blvd., South, Petaluma.

    Help look after displaced pets and animals

    • Milo Foundation, a long-running animal rescue group with headquarters in Point Richmond, was forced to evacuate about 200 animals from its sanctuary in Willits. Shelter staff are asking people who live in safe locations to open their homes to shelter dogs and cats as a result.
    • Sonoma County Animal Services will accept donations of food and other supplies for animals at 1247 Century Ct. in Santa Rosa. They have set up a 24/7 phone line for information and donations at 707-565-4648. You can also
    • donate hereThe SPCA of Solano County, as of Wednesday, was in need of cat food, kitty litter, blankets, towels, beds, leashes and cleaning supplies. You can also donate here.

    Donate at any Peet’s Coffee & Tea shop

    • Peet’s customers can make digital or cash donations for its North Bay Fire Relief Campaign through Oct. 22 at any of its coffee bars around the country. The Bay Area-based company will match funds of up to $10,000 to be distributed to: Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Mendocino County, and other non-profits and food banks.

    Donate to a food bank

    • The Redwood Empire Food Bank said it delivered the equivalent of 110,000 meals to Sonoma County evacuation centers, as of Tuesday evening. You can make a financial donation here.

    Other places outside the North Bay accepting donations

    • Love on Haight, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco, posted on Facebook that it was accepting clothing donations and had a limited number of available shelters for evacuees. The clothing store has also set up a donation table outside for people to drop off clothing donations.
    • Tutto Capelli Salon in San Carlos is opening a donation drive. Owner Gina Hawk said she is collecting pet supplies, phone chargers, baby supplies, feminine products, and other toiletries to bring to shelters.
    • Ryse Youth Center in Richmond is also collecting supplies for victims of the fire. Organizers are asking for face masks and filters, adult and child diapers, hand sanitizer, deodorant and other toiletries.
    • Salute E Vita Restaurante in Richmond: The staff at the Marina Bay restaurant will be driving up and donating goods twice a day. Organizer Jamie Dooley is encouraging people to bring non-perishable goods, socks, blankets and pillows along with other essentials.
    • Martinez Mobilizes for Santa Rosa: This Sunday, the popular Del Cielo Brewing Co. in Martinez will be hosting an all-day donation drop-off event. You can find out more information about needed donations at the event Facebook page.
    • Seaport Storage Center and Collection 55 Cellars in Redwood City is accepting donations for fire victims. Donations of tents, sleeping bags, pillows, water, personal hygiene products, diapers, can openers, and phone chargers can be made until 4 p.m. daily. The center has large trucks available to drop off goods. Call Justin Wethington at 650-218-6360 if interested.
    • Jewish Community Center in Berkeley (Walnut Street location): The community center will be accepting donations for a massive Thursday drop off. Staff are asking for clothing and toiletries.  Please bring donations by 4 p.m.
    • Oakland 1-2-3-4 Go! Records: The long-running record store in Oakland has posted a list of needed items on its Facebook page (no clothing needed.) Donations will be dropped off in Santa Rosa throughout the week.

    Source: How You Can Help With North Bay Fire Relief Efforts – NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/How-To-Help-North-Bay-Fire-Relief-Efforts-450142573.html#ixzz4vNWPLbJU
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