When disaster strikes, the communities always come together stronger. California has recently been affected by several wildfires that have erupted in Northern and Southern California. But, many have quickly found ways to help out in their communities either through setting up relief funds, serving free meals to the firefighters, and simply donating necessary supplies to those who have been evacuated from their homes. Take a look at how YOU can help!
Tavern 101 Grill & Tap House is one of the many restaurants and organizations helping out their local community as their community has been affected with the massive wildfires in their area. Marco Gonzalez, the owner and head chef of Tavern 101 knew he had to stay behind to serve the first responders although there were mandatory evacuations in the area.
Authorities gave Gonzalez permission to remain open although the entire city was forced to evacuate.
Shake Shack also participated in donating 100% of their proceeds to the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Here is a list of organizations helping out the local communities:
American Red Cross is on the ground in California, hosting temporary emergency shelters and food sites across the state. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief via www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports immediate recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as long-term preparedness efforts.
The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is an organization that works with local law enforcement to take in rescued animals. The organization reported that it has received over 5,000 calls and requests for help since the Campfire began. You can donate to the nonprofit here.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with United Way of Ventura County to collect donations for its Disaster Relief Fund. You can text “UWVC” to 41444 to donate, or go here.
The California Fire Foundation provides support to surviving families of fallen firefighters and the communities they serve.
The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation seeks donations at lacountyanimcals.org to assist with feeding, sheltering, and providing medical care for displaced pets and other animals including horses. They’re also looking for residents to foster animals to help free up shelters; more information on fostering can be found here.
The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund as a vehicle to collect the generous donations from their community.