A GUIDE TO DONATIONS | WHAT IS NEEDED
Late Sunday night, October 8, 2017, fires began to burn in neighboring Sonoma and Napa Counties, both located in Northern California’s Wine Country. The fires, driven by winds over 50 mph and fueled by the dry conditions, spread across the mountains and into the community with a speed that firefighters have never seen before. Many have lost everything, some even their lives. Help is needed now and in the future. Thousands of people are displaced, Hundreds more are still missing.
First & Foremost, we want to keep people safe, so…
Evacuation & Real Time Alerts: Text “(your zip code)” to 888-777 to Receive Nixle Public Fire Safety Alerts for that area. The alerts provide evacuation, fire containment and other information for locals.
- Do not call emergency services unless you see active, unattended flames or a life-threatening situation. Emergency services all over the North Bay are reportedly overwhelmed currently, they do not need unnecessary calls unless there is an immediate emergency.
• Stay off the roads, if possible. You are hindering emergency vehicles and urgent evacuees from getting through.
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED DAILY. Providing links, information to help victims, their families and community rebuild. Sonoma County is Strong. If you have anything to add to resource list, use the comments below. (Last updated 10/16/17 at 9:07am PST)
North Bay Fire Relief
Operated by Redwood Credit Union, The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire to add in relief efforts and assist victims of the Sonoma fires.
Bay Area Firefighters & Families
By Marin Professional Firefighters accepting monetary donations to directly help for firefighters who’ve lost their homes in the Sonoma and Napa firestorm of 2017, managed by IAFF Local 1775.
United Way of Wine Country
Accepting monetary donations for their relief fund to support organizations and efforts helping individuals impacted by fires.
Sonoma Valley Support
Rotary of Sonoma Valley’s accepting monetary donations to directly help victims of Sonoma Valley (Kenwood, Glen Ellen, City of Sonoma).
Help Schools In Need in Sonoma County
Sonoma County Office of Education will be coordinating funds for schools and students that have lost everything. Make a payment to a school district of your choice here.
Rebuild Wine Country
Senses Wines partnering with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to immediately impact the communities most in need. Volunteers will work with discounted materials to rebuild and repair homes of those who need it most.
Aiding Wine Country Relief
Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig are donating to the North Bay Fire Relief fund which will support nonprofit organizations providing emergency relief to victims in all regions and MATCHING contributions dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
SF Fights Fire
Led by San Francisco Restaurants and chefs, Monetary donations support efforts to provide meals for those impacted by the fires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino.
- La Luz Center is a family resource center that serves Sonoma Valley’s Latino population. They are accepting monetary donations to support with rental assistance, food, and transportation. http://www.
To see a more centralized hub of GoFundMe campaigns specifically for North Bay fire victims click DONATE DONATE Here.
** All other donations such as drop off centers, goods, services and offerings and all information below is subject to change…
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Accepting monetary AND food donations. They are in “dire need” of ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that can be provided to evacuation centers immediately. Should be easy to open and eat since many shelters don’t have kitchens. Non-perishable and ready-to-eat items can be taken to 3990 Brickway Blvd., in Santa Rosa. No glass. http://refb.org/
United Way of the Wine Country
Accepting monetary donations for a relief fund to help those affected by the devastating fires. Make a donation HERE. Also ACCEPTING GOODS. Goods donations are accepted at 975 Corporate Center Parkway suite 160, Santa Rosa. No perishable items.
The Salvation Army
Accepting monetary donations – for the multiple teams they have deployed that are currently providing meal services at evacuation centers. Monetary donations are needed at this time only. 100% of your gift will be used in support of the relief efforts. Donate HERE.
Petaluma Animal Services
Accepting monetary donations helping with fuel for evacuating animals or helping animals that are stranded be moved safely, also in need of any and all field supplies. http://www.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Sonoma Humane Society
Accepting monetary donations for care of injured / stray animals, no-cost burn treatment, shelter for evacuated animals of all kinds. http://sonomahumane.
Paradise Pet Resorts in Rohnert Park is housing ~500 animals and badly needs volunteers starting tomorrow. Their phone number is (707) 206-9000. Volunteering for them would not only help firestorm victims who love and are separated from their pets, but also the pets who are stressed as well.
GOODS / SERVICES / OTHER DONATIONS
Agencies such as the Santa Rosa Fire Department and the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds have all echoed that sentiment, posting requests that people no longer drop off goods at their locations. Many of the shelters in their area just don’t have space to take in donations.
Rotary of Sonoma Valley needs following donations: diapers (adult & children), wipes, work gloves, non-perishable food, deliver to ASAP to Field of Greens, 1777 Watmaugh Rd, Sonoma. NO AMAZON because it won’t be delivered. They need grocery store gift cards to purchase items (Safeway, Save Mart, WholeFoods, Nugget Market) new cookware, flatware, glassware & towel sets are also needed.
Cat carriers are needed at Sonoma Valley High School. 20000 Broadway.
- Jamison’s Roaring Donkey is accepting general donations with specific needs including cough drops, tea, flip flops, toiletries, Chapstick, flashlights, hair brushes, teen bras, socks, bottled water, sleeping bags, blankets, non-perishable food, women’s new underwear and adult slippers. 146 Kentucky St, Petaluma. (707) 772-5478. http://www.roaring-donkey.com (as of 10/15)
Donation request for New/gently used backpacks and packaged school supplies for Sonoma County students affected by the fires. Can be dropped off at 9340 Jessica Drive, Windsor anytime or 466 Primero Court, Cotati between 8am-3pm.
Santa Rosa has currently met its immediate requirement for volunteers, but they ask that people interested in volunteering or donating as-needed sign up with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has a sign-in sheet here. For Sonoma County, you may call 707-573-3399 if you’re hoping to volunteer. The Red Cross is always in need of volunteers to assist fire evacuees. To volunteer, sign up online and you’ll be contacted in the near future regarding donation and volunteer needs.
You can also contact the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County at firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership is ready to assist and help the sonoma fires. To donate or volunteer, you can register on their website.
Facebook just launched a “Crisis Center,” a forum where the users donate to a specific number of fundraisers aa well as offer direct help and counseling to survivors.
Grief and Crisis Counselors: Trained counselors are needed for people at Sonoma Valley High School. If you are licensed and able to help, call (707) 888-5863.
Paradise Pet Resorts in Rohnert Park is housing ~500 animals and badly needs volunteers starting tomorrow 10/16. Their phone number is (707) 206-9000. Volunteering for them would not only help firestorm victims who love and are separated from their pets, but also the pets who are stressed as well.