Updated 11/14/2018. As we see the devastation from the Woolsey fire that burned 97,000 acres, many of us are wondering what we can do to help. Families are finding themselves homeless without their belongings from Agoura Hills to Malibu. And pets are in need of shelter. Here are a few ways you can help the victims of the California fires.
Officials from different agencies are in need of monetary donations and are asking that people not drop off items unless they are asked for; it takes time and manpower to sort through the donations.
LVUSD Family Fire Relief Donations – Nearly 100 families in the Los Virgenes Unified School District have lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire. The LVUSD Family Fire relief is looking for monetary and physical donations as well as volunteers.
REO Speedwagon Concerts – The band is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from its January 12th and 13th, 2019 shows in Thousand Oaks to the Ventura County Community Foundation to benefit the victims of the Woolsey fire and the Thousand Oaks shooting.
Fire Relief Fund – CBSLA and KCAL9 have teamed up the LA Rams to host a fundraiser for the United Way’s Fire Relief Fund on Wednesday, November 14th from 11 am to 11 pm. For more information, visit CBSLA.com/cbslahelps
Chipotle Mexican Grill Fundraiser – On Saturday, Nov. 17th from open to close, 50 percent of every sale at Chipotle restaurants in Central and Northern L.A. will go directly to the United Way California Disaster Relief Fund – helping the United Way provide recovery assistance to residents affected by the recent wildfires in Southern California.
The Ventura County Community Foundation – The foundation has set up the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to collect donations to support the immediate needs of area nonprofits helping out with victim relief. (The VCCF has also set up a fund to help victims of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting)
The Red Cross – The Red Cross needs monetary donations. The Los Angeles chapter of the Red Cross is urging people not to drop off items at local Red Cross Shelters because it takes time and resources to collect items and they are focusing on meeting emergency needs. The best way to help is to donate by going to RedCross.org, call 1-800-RedCross or text CAWILDFIRES TO 90999, according to the Red Cross.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles – The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has partnered with United Way of Ventura County to create a Disaster Relief Fund to help those impacted by the Hill and Woolsey Fires and other natural disasters in Los Angeles County and other areas of Southern California. “Aside from the natural disaster, many low-income communities and working individuals are often affected, creating long-term needs to reestablish their lives.” You can also donate through the CBSLA telethon mentioned above.
Salvation Army of Southern California – The Salvation Army is providing assistance to the Hill and Woolsey fires “even as it becomes part of the evacuation story.” The Salvation Army Summer Camp in Malibu was evacuated – no children were at the camp at the time – and its fate is unknown.
The Salvation Army is currently accepting donations for evacuees and first responders. For more information, visit its California Wildfires page.
Baby2Baby – The nonprofit that provides children 0-12 with diapers, clothing and other necessities, has set up a Target gift registry to get high need items to children affected by the California Wildfires. Baby2Baby is urging people to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials for families who have lost everything.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation – The LACFDF “provides support for firefighters were the city’s support ends.”
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How to Help Out Animals Displaced by the Woolsey Fire
L.A. County Animal Care Foundation – The foundation is putting out calls for donations on its Twitter and Facebook feeds. On Sunday, it asked for donations of crates, bowls and puppy pads. To donate money, visit the website.
Humane Society of Ventura County – The Humane Society is “currently in need of donations to our general fund in order to best serve evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey Fires being housed at the shelter.” For up to date information, visit the HSVC Facebook or Instagram page.
This Little Angels Project – The Little Angeles Project, an animal advocacy organization, is working to help animals displaced during the fires. Check the groups Facebook page for information on what they need.
Information on the Woolsey Fire
Want up to date information about the Woolsey Fire? Visit the Ventura County Emergency Information site.
How to stay up to date on air quality – South Coast Air Quality Management District
If you are a victim of the Woolsey Fire of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, you can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for emotional support and resources.
How to Donate to Victims of the Northern California Camp Fire
The Camp Fire is the worst wildfire in California history, destroying nearly 7,000 buildings including the entire town of Paradise, leaving everyone there homeless.
Red Cross Northern California – To donate, visit the RedCross.org. For more information and to donate, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
If you know of any other ways to help, please let us know in the comments.