Call for Support for Victims of the California Wildfires
Monday, November 19, 2018
Posted by: Jill Perry
Dear CPED Members:
We are reaching out to express our concern and seek support for Californians and our CPED members who are affected by the large wildfires that have devastated many communities in Northern and Southern California. The threat to these affected communities is still ongoing, especially in Northern California with the Camp Fire.
As you may know, the Camp Fire in Northern California is the state’s most deadly and destructive wildfire with over 151,000 acres burned including over 15,000 structures destroyed. The Town of Paradise has been destroyed. So far, 77 people are confirmed dead with over 1,000 people missing. The Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California – impacting communities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties – have burned nearly 100,000 acres combined with over 1,500 structures destroyed. At least three people have died.
Please consider helping…
This holiday season will be vastly different for the many thousands of people affected by the California wildfires. We encourage you to help the victims of the fires in any way you can. The biggest need for assistance is currently in the form of monetary donations. We have listed below a few of the many reputable nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground – around the clock – to directly help the individuals and families impacted by the fires. Please also consider sharing this list of organizations among your networks.
CPED has always been a small organization that embraces the notion of community and camaraderie. We thank you in advance as you remember our colleagues, their families, friends and the greater California population affected by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill wildfires in California.
How you can help:
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross has opened shelters across California to help wildfire evacuees. There is an online Safe and Well tool that people can use to register themselves as safe so loved ones can find them. They are also in need of volunteers to help with relief efforts for the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires.
California Fire Foundation: The California Fire Foundation’s SAVE program provides direct assistance to disaster victims through gift cards that can be used for immediate needs. The SAVE program is designed to give aid where it’s needed the most, and the gift cards are distributed to victims at the scenes of the disaster.
California Community Foundation – Wildfire Relief Fund: The foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund has been supporting wildfire relief and recovery efforts in California since 2003. Assistance from the Wildfire Relief Fund has helped people who have been displaced, lost critical belongings and/or employment, or suffered physical or mental health problems due to wildfires.
Caring Choices: Caring Choices is a Chico, CA based nonprofit organization that has turned into an emergency volunteer center to help people affected by the Camp Fire. Caring Choices is accepting volunteer applications online and is currently in need of licensed medical personnel volunteers.
Enole Medical Center: The Enole Medical Center is a 298-bed hospital in Chico, CA that is serving as one of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire. Donations will help Enole caregivers, patients, and families who have been displaced due to the fire.
North Valley Community Foundation: The North Valley Community Foundation is a Chico, CA based nonprofit organization that is organizing efforts to provide food and shelter to Camp Fire evacuees.
United Way of Northern California: The United Way of Northern California has established a relief fund to assist victims of the Camp Fire. Donations will be used to provide emergency cash and other forms of emergency assistance to those who lost their homes.
United Ways of Greater Los Angeles and Ventura County: The United Ways of Greater Los Angeles and Ventura County have partnered together to establish the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund. The Southern California Disaster Relief Fund will help low-income individuals and families affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires. The United Way of Ventura County is seeking disaster relief volunteers who are not already involved with an Affiliated Volunteer trained by program such as the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and other organizations with pre-determined disaster response duties.
Entertainment Industry Foundation: This foundation – established by Hollywood stars – is raising money to directly help the firefighters and other emergency workers who are battling the wildfires. They have partnered with the Los Angeles Fire Department to help provide special equipment like hydration backpacks and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots.
Humane Society of Ventura County: This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Hill and Woolsey Fires. They are taking in domestic animals like dogs, cats, and birds, but also livestock.
The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is assisting in wildfire relief efforts in both Northern and Southern California by providing meals, essential items, and emotional care for evacuees and first responders.
With sincerest thanks,
The CPED Team