August 25, 2020 by Lakshmi Sarah
Are you wondering how to help those impacted by Bay Area wildfires? Here’s a list of vetted organizations that are accepting donations of money, supplies and time. Please check county guidance for specific suggestions regarding donations.
General Relief Funds
GlobalGiving Wildfire Relief:
This fund is beginning by assisting first responders and meeting immediate needs for survivors of food, fuel, clean water, medicine and shelter. It then plans to transition to support recovery efforts run by local organizations in the region. “We monitor the impact on affected communities and work with partners on the ground to allocate funds to where they’re needed most,” according to GlobalGiving.
Latino Community Foundation:
The Latino Community Foundation is relaunching its NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund. “Our hearts are hurting with our neighbors in Northern California,” their website states. The fund aims to support frontline community partners, workers and families most affected in the 2020 wildfires. They note that Latinos make up 71% of the workforce at vineyards and other agricultural businesses.
Location-Based Relief Funding
The South Coast:
Puente, located in Pescadero along the South Coast, has served the community for more than 10 years.
Staff members serving Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar and San Gregorio have combined efforts with the Red Cross, the Human Service Agency of San Mateo County and the Sheriff’s Department to set up an evacuation center at Pescadero High School. According to their website, over 60 families have been provided with hotel rooms — but needs are expected to increase as fires and evacuations continue.
Santa Cruz Community Fund:
The Santa Cruz Community Fund works with nonprofit partners and are responding to needs from the fires as they evolve.
Monterey County Fire Relief Fund:
The Community Foundation for Monterey County created the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund to assist communities affected by current and future wildfires. Donations to the fund will support both immediate needs in addition to recovery efforts.
2020 Napa County Wildfire Fund:
In response to the LNU Lightning Complex fires, the Napa Valley Community Foundation established a special fund to provide relief and recovery services to those affected in Napa Valley. According to their website, the foundation has committed an initial $100,000 to the fund.
How to Help Firefighters
Santa Cruz County:
As of Saturday Aug. 22, the County of Santa Cruz reported an urgent need of donations. Taking COVID-19 into consideration, the county is requesting all donations be new. Donations may be brought to the Santa Cruz County Warehouse at 1082 Emeline Ave. in Santa Cruz.
- Volunteer at a fire shelter in Watsonville, Santa Cruz or Soquel.
- Learn about opportunities through the Volunteer Center.
- Help pack and distribute food with Second Harvest.