Scores of people are dead and more than 200,000 people have had to flee the California wildfires, the deadliest in the state’s history.
Fire crews are working hard to contain three major fires — the “Hill Fire” “Camp Fire” and “Woolsey Fire” — which have churned through some of the priciest ZIP codes in Northern and Southern California. If you’re far removed from the dangers, you may be wondering what you can do to help.
California wildfires: Here’s how you can help
There are several organizations that could use your help, namely by making monetary donations. But people need other types of assistance as well. Airbnb has activated its evacuee program that helps displaced people find homes.
Several airline loyalty programs are allowing members to donate points and miles to those in need.
But that’s not all. Here are other organizations and ways to help:
Here are organizations with wildfire relief efforts
The California-based nonprofit organization Direct Relief , which provides masks, medicine and other needs in natural disasters and other emergencies, is accepting donations to help those affected by the wildfires.
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is supporting low-income residents are affected by the wildfires in Southern California.
California Community Foundation
The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund is helping with the intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for the wildfires, among other things.
Enloe Medical Center
The Enloe Medical Center, a hospital located in nearby Chico, is accepting donations to help displaced families, including patients, caregivers and employees.
Here are other organizations that are asking for assistance with the California wildfires:
Overnight, more than 2,100 people sought refuge from the wildfires in 18 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across #California. People are welcome to come to shelters for help even if they don’t stay overnight. Here’s how you can help?? https://t.co/UkB1w74BqB pic.twitter.com/TxzDzSeqqJ
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) November 12, 2018
The Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of evacuees of the California wildfires. If you wish to make a donation, you can do it via phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS, via website or you can text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you’re in the area, you can also volunteer.
L.A. Fire Department Foundation
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is supporting first responders actively engaged in beating back the wildfires. The LAFDF is in desperate need of donations to buy hydration backpacks for the firefighters.
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Ventura County Community Foundation
Humane Society of Ventura County
Because pets are also in danger, the Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting dogs, cats, horses or other domestic animals whose owners have had to evacuate due to the wildfires. They are especially looking for volunteers with equestrian experience. The organization has established a general fund to raise money to care for the increase in animals.
Know any other organizations that are requesting assistance to help wildfire relief efforts? Let us know in the comments.