From The Mercury News: Northern California wildfires: How to help fire victims and firefighters

August 21, 2020 by Lisa Herendeen

Wildfire season has descended on Northern California with a vengeance, sparked by lightning, heat and high winds. With more than half a million acres burned and evacuations in full progress across the Bay Area, many people have begun wondering how they can help. Here are a few options.

American Red Cross: Donations will go to the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts.

Big Basin Redwoods Recovery Fund: Donations are needed to rebuild Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Click the donate button at:

California Fire Foundation: This foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Find details on how to help at

CDP California Wildfires Recovery Fund: Help the Center for Disaster Philanthropy support those affected by the wildfires.

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County: This foundation is seeking help to support those affected by the lightning complex fires.

Everest Effect: Build a Basket, Buy a Basket campaign helps those affected by wildfires.

GlobalGiving — California Wildfire: Providing support for firefighters and supplying food, water and medicine to people in need.

GoFundMe: Has launched a centralized hub of fundraisers that will help residents who have lost their homes and have been displaced by the fires. In addition, they have launched California Wildfire Cause General Fund to offer relief to Californians in need.

Hobee’s Providing Meals to Fire Evacuees & Heroes: All five Hobee locations are working together to feed those affected by CZU and SCU Lightning Complex fires. They have put together a gofundme so that they can cover the food costs of the meals.

Latino Community Foundation NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund: Supporting frontline community partners, who are helping those affected by the August 2020 wildfires.

Meals of Gratitude: This organization sends meals to firefighters, evacuees and volunteer frontline support. Find out how you can help at

Monterey County Community Resilience Program: Send supplies, donate money or lend a hand to those impacted by the River Fire.

Napa Valley Community Foundation’s 2020 Napa County Wildfire Fund: Providing relief and recovery services to those affected by this most recent disaster in Napa Valley.

North Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund: This fund helps support nonprofits and agencies providing assistance to evacuees, animals and others impacted by the fires in Glenn and Tehama counties in Northern California. Learn more at

Off the Grid NorCal Fire Fund: Donations will provide meals to those affected by the Bay Area fire. If you are a corporate partner or food truck business and wish to help, join the effort at

Puente: Donations needed to help provide staffing at the Half Moon Bay Evacuation Center 24/7 and hotel vouchers.

Ranger Foundation: Wildfire relief grants are available to park workers, including volunteers, seasonals and retirees, who have suffered loss due to the wildfires.

The Real Cowboy 911: Find information on this group that offers assistance with livestock and pets in emergency situations at

The Salvation Army: Donations support disaster relief for the current wildfires as well as potential future disasters.

San Mateo and Santa Clara County Fire Relief Fund: The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a fund that benefits individuals and families affected by the wildfires.

Solano Disaster Relief Fund: Grants from this fund will help nonprofits provide individuals and families impacted by the wildfires.

Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: ARF partners in emergency disaster relief and provides help with animals in need.

Vema Net: Volunteers for the Emergency Management of Animals Network is a free online bulletin board where people can offer or ask for help with animals in need of evacuation and a temporary safe haven.

Wildfire Relief Fund: Supporting immediate, mid- and long term recovery efforts for major California wildfires.

Woodside Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: Help support large animal disaster relief.

World Central Kitchen: Chef José Andres’ World Central Kitchen is feeding firefighters and evacuees. Donations needed.

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