Please consider lending your support to those impacted by the Northern California's fires (Photo credit: CNN.com)
There are many ways to help victims of the Northern California fires

"The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer." 

Mahatma Gandhi

 

There are many ways to lend your support. 

Devastating fires have engulfed areas of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Yuba counties. The impact on Northern California has been enormous, as communities face the reality of lost homes, businesses, pets, and even loved ones. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to get involved - whether it's donating resources, opening your home to evacuees, or volunteering your time and love. We encourage you to get involved and help in any way you are able. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of those affected. 

If you are an evacuee in need of assistance or in care of a displaced animal, we've also collected a long list of resources available throughout Northern California.

 

GENERAL TIPS:

  • Do not call emergency services unless you see active, unattended flames or a life-threatening situation. Emergency services around the Bay Area are overwhelmed right now, and do not need more calls unless you have an immediate emergency.

  • Stay off the roads, if possible. You are hindering emergency vehicles and urgent evacuees from getting through.

 

VOLUNTEER

The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is the go-to for volunteering when a disaster is declared in Marin and Napa Counties. 

Santa Rosa has currently met its immediate requirement for volunteers, but they ask that people interested in volunteering please sign-up with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has a sign-in sheet here.

GRIEF AND CRISIS COUNSELORS: Licensed and trained counselors are needed at Sonoma Valley High School. If you can help, please call (707) 888-5863. 

 

SHARE YOUR SPACE

Airbnb Disaster Relief Program: If you're a member of Airbnb, you can volunteer to house displaced families or relief workers deployed to help. Join the community of hosts who have opened their homes to evacuees for free.

SHARE Sonoma County has created temporary home sharing for those who have lost their housing due to the recent fires. They currently have over 40 home providers offering housing. Anyone needing housing due to the fire or offering housing should contact SHAREFire@petalumapeople.org or (707) 765-8488, ext.126.

 

DONATE FUNDS

The United Way has a Wine Country page where you can donate.

Donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or donate online

Give to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, which provides three ways to make a gift.

There are multiple crowd-funding campaigns accepting donations for fire victims:


DONATE ITEMS

Below is a list of shelters and organizations that are operating as safe spaces and are in need of supplies for evacuees: 

SONOMA: Drop off masks, blankets, soap, towels, pillows, toothpaste, toothbrushes and children's items at Sonoma Valley High School, located at 20000 Broadway, Sonoma. They are also hosting evacuees as well. 

SONOMA: Drop off adult diapers and wipes at Adele Harrison Middle School, 1150 Broadway in Sonoma.

SONOMARamekins Culinary School and Inn, located at 450 W. Spain Street in Sonoma, is serving food and providing shelter if needed - volunteers are welcome and appreciated to help serve food, wash dishes, etc.

SONOMA: The Redwood Empire Food Bank is accepting donations of food and money and also needs volunteers. Non-perishable and ready-to-eat items can be taken to 3990 Brickway Blvd., in Santa Rosa.

NAPACrosswalk Church, located at 2590 1st Street in Napa, remains a shelter as long as needed. They are grateful for donations of time and resources (no supplies needed currently).

SAN FRANCISCO: Idle Hand in San Francisco is serving as a drop-off location for supplies.

SAN FRANCISCO: Love on Haight is giving away clothes to fire victims. They are also offering a few spots to stay for evacuees.

SAN FRANCISCO: Liholiho Yacht Club is collecting donations through Friday 10/13 at 11 a.m.

OAKLAND: Those based in Oakland can drop off supplies at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records.

LIVERMORE: Livermore Downtown is collecting water, blankets, dog and cat food, non-perishable food items, and diapers/wipes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday 10/13 at Granada Bowl.

LIVERMORE: The Livermore Valley wine community is showing support for their neighbors to the north by collecting relief donations in winery tasting rooms. 

YUBA CITY:  Items of need include: Toiletries, new undergarments, diapers (kids and adults), and cases of water. Please bring items to the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Evacuation Center, located at 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City. Items can be taken to the main gate.

Please note that many shelters have sufficient supplies. Monetary donations may be best, as families can use them to purchase what they need.  

 

GIVE or SERVE FOOD

Locate a food bank in affected areas of California for donating food or volunteering your time.

SONOMA: The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has been asked to provide critical food to shelters throughout Sonoma County. They are in dire need of ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that are easy to open and easy to eat (many shelters do not have kitchens for heating and preparing food). Please do not bring any glass containers or anything perishable. You can lend your support in one of two ways: 1) Make a financial donation which would allow REFB to increase the amount of food they provide to the community. 2) Bring food donations to the REFB at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa.

SONOMA: You may donate food as an individual, restaurant, or caterer. Please contact City Hall at (707) 938-3681 to coordinate drop-off.

SONOMA: If you would like to donate your time as a volunteer serving food, please go to the to Sonoma Community Center to register, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. 

 

HELP ANIMALS

NAPA: Volunteers are currently needed at the following sheltering locations for evacuated animals: Valley Brook Equestrian Center at 1132 El Centro, Napa and Vintage Farm ROP at 1185 Sierra Ave, Napa. If you are able to help at either location, please text (707) 666-3598 or email info@napacart.org with your name, your mobile phone number, the sheltering location and time frame you are able to volunteer.

NAPA: Napa County Animal Shelter at 942 Hartle Ct, Napa is open to assist pet owners.

NAPA: Vintage High farm at 1375 Trower Ave. in Napa will take in larger animals and has equipment to transport them, if needed.

SONOMA: The Sonoma Humane Society is in need of clean towels and dog/cat food, which can be delivered to 5345 Highway 12 West, Santa Rosa. For those interested, they have an Amazon Wishlist with additional items of need. The Sonoma Humane Society is also offering no-cost veterinary treatment for burn victims. Owned or stray animals affected by the fires can come to Sonoma Humane for basic treatment. They will be available 8am – 5pm daily. They are currently acting as the main page for Lost and Found pets for Sonoma County; people who have lost or found an animal should message them with a link to their own Facebook post, or send a photo, your contact info, lost/found info and the hashtag #LOSTPETSsonomacountyfire2017.

SONOMASonoma County Fairgrounds is accepting both small and large livestock and farm animals. Large animals should be brought into the Fairgrounds through Gate 7 off of Aston Ave. Those seeking shelter with small animals may come to the Fairgrounds by parking in the Brookwood parking lot and walking across through the Brookwood gates. From there you will go to Finley Hall. You MUST stay with your pets. All others should check in at the Grace Pavilion. 

SONOMA: Cloverdale Citrus Fair at 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale is offering assistance to pet owners

WINE COUNTRYFoster, adopt, volunteer or donate to help out.

SOLANO COUNTY: The SPCA of Solano County is seeking drop-off donations of crates, towels, blankets, food, bowls, etc. for fire victims. The SPCA is located at 2200 Peabody Road, Vacaville. If you need a place for your animals, please call (707) 448-7722.

YUBA CITY: For animals, items of need include: Bedding, disposable baking pans for litter, small dishes, sheets to cover cages, folding cages. If you're able to donate items to those in need, please bring them to the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Evacuation Center, located at 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City. Items can be taken to the main gate. 

MARIN: Marin Humane Society is offering free shelter to pets, large and small.

 

IF YOU ARE AN EVACUEE IN NEED OF SHELTER

Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau has a list of hotels offering special rates to help fire evacuees, as well as evacuation centers, places for diplaced pets, open eateries, and many more ways to help.

There are shelters all over the North Bay set up to assist and temporarily house. They are:

  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa
  • Sonoma Raceway campground at 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
  • Finley Community Center at 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa 
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Building at 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa (THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY)
  • Petaluma Community Center at 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma (THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY)
  • Sebastopol Community Center at 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
  • Cloverdale Citrus Fair at 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale
  • Sonoma Valley High School at 20000 Broadway, Sonoma
  • Analy High School Gym at 6950 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol (HALF FULL, MEDICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE)
  • Elsie Allen High School, 599 Bellevue Avenue, Santa Rosa (NEAR CAPACITY)
  • Healdsburg Community Center at 1157 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
  • Church of Christ at 370 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma
  • New Life Church at 1310 Clegg Street, Petaluma
  • Cook Middle School at 2480 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
  • Guerneville Veterans Hall at 16255 First Street, Guerneville
  • Monte Rio School at 20700 Foothill Drive, Monte Rio
  • Windsor High School at 8695 Windsor Road, Windsor
  • Casa Grande High School at 3333 Casa Grande Road, Petaluma
  • Cloverdale Citrus Fair at 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale – sheltering people and animals
  • Petaluma Church of Christ 370 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
  • Petaluma New Life Church 1310 Clegg Street
  • Solano Community College on Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield
  • Sikh Temple of Fairfield on 2948 Rockville Rd, Fairfield
  • Allan Witt Park Sports Complex at the corner of West Texas and 5th Streets, Fairfield
  • Crosswalk Community Church at 2590 1st Street in Napa
  • Napa Valley Junior College on SR-221 south of Imola Ave
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga on Oak Street
  • Marin Center at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael
  • Mystic Theatre at 23 Petaluma Blvd. in Petaluma (daytime evacuation center only)

 

Thank you for your efforts to help restore our communities.