California wildfires: How you can help with relief efforts


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.

Through December 10, American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross. The site accepts donations in 1,000-mile increments. Southwest Airlines also lets you donate Rapid Reward Points to charities and other groups involving in emergency relief.
United MileagePlus members can donate to any one of the airline’s charitable partners and get up to 1,000 bonus miles. Delta Air Line’s SkyWish program also allows fliers to donate miles to volunteers assisting with disaster relief.

But that’s not all. Here are other organizations and ways to help:

Here are organizations with wildfire relief efforts

Direct Relief

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

The Firefighters Charitable Foundation, which trains volunteer firefighters, is also accepting donations by mail or phone.

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:

Red Cross

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.

The foundation posted this on Twitter recently: “EMERGENCY UPDATE: needs your help. We’re requesting donations at to provide hydration backpacks for firefighters working tirelessly to contain the fires across Southern California. Any amount of money you can spare makes a difference.”

Entertainment Industry Foundation

The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Fire Relief Fund is raising money for firefighters and other first responders on the front lines of the fires.

Ventura County Community Foundation

The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a relief fund to meet the urgent needs of community nonprofit organizations affected by the wildfires.

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.

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