California Wildfires: How to Help
Though our team is dispersed from coast to coast, we were founded (and are based) in Newport Beach, California … and with the state currently experiencing devastating wildfires, we want to do our part to help. Gabrielle Katz, little word studio intern, put together a comprehensive list of resources if you’d like to contribute in any way to this cause.
What they do: Work alongside partners and local officials to make sure people have a safe place to say and comfort. Volunteers are helping at many temporary evacuation points (sites dedicated to directing evacuees to the best sheltering option for their individual needs), getting wildfire evacuees checked in and identifying what help they may need. On Wednesday night, the Red Cross along with partners provided over 5,600 people with safe refuge from the wildfires in emergency lodgings, including shelters and hotels. More than 800 Red Cross disaster workers are helping evacuees cope, both on the ground and virtually. This includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other medical equipment.
How you can help: To specifically help people affected by the California wildfires, visit redcross.org, call 800- RED-CROSS, or text the word CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation to these disasters in California.
What they do: As part of GlobalGiving’s California Wildfire Relief Fund, they will provide emergency funding to locally driven relief efforts, providing food, medicine, and other essential supplies to help people impacted by the fires.
How you can help: Donate to this link – https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/california-wildfire-relief-fund/
What they do: Provide N-95 masks, medicine, and other resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected communities across California. Direct Relief team members respond each year to wildfires throughout the Western U.S., and the organization’s home state of California.
How you can help: Donate to their efforts, which support disaster relief across the world, here: https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/california-wildfires/
The California Community Foundation
What they do: Support both immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts for those affected by California wildfires.
How you can help: Click on the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of the Wildfire Relief Fund page to make a secure, tax-deductible donation online. Link: https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/
Send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Wildfire Relief Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Salvation Army
What they do: The Salvation Army is on the ground before, during and after a disaster strikes. The organization’s Emergency Disaster Services teams deploy in canteens, or mobile kitchens, to provide food, hydration, emotional comfort and more.
How you can help:
- Donate to support all their efforts for those in need, which helps them assist people throughout Northern California with vital social services: https://give-do.salvationarmy.org/give/165713/?&_ga=2.209962578.638173664.1599765981-1669459368.1599765981#!/donation/checkout
- Donate to support direct wildfire response, which 100% supports disaster relief for the current wildfires as well as potential future disasters: https://give-do.salvationarmy.org/give/297446/?&_ga=2.12845808.638173664.1599765981-1669459368.1599765981#!/donation/checkout
Additional Support Resources
Click the link for a list of more places you contribute: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/2020-wildfires-in-california-and-the-west-everything-we-know-and-how-you-can-help/