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Northern California Wine Country Fires: How You Can Help

Wine Country Fires

Photo Credit: SF Gate

By now, we've all heard about the devastating fires that erupted late Sunday evening and have engulfed areas of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Yuba counties. The fires moved quickly, giving anyone and anything in their path little time to find safety. The impact has been immense, as stories continue to pour in with people who have lost their homes, businesses, pets and even loved ones. Our hearts break for the tragedy that struck so many, so quickly and if you're like us, you're anxiously searching for ways to help. Luckily, there are various ways to get involved - whether it's donating items, funds, or resources, opening the doors of your home, or volunteering your time and love. We encourage you to get involved and help in any way you're able to. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers continue to be with all affected. 

Volunteer

Volunteer as a Disaster Relief Worker via the CVNL Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership portal. If you are a new user, go to "sign up" on the top of the webite and be sure to select "disaster volunteering." More information available here

Grief and Crisis Counselors: Licensed and trained counselors are needed during this time at Sonoma Valley High School. If you can help, please call (707) 888-5863.

Cook Meals/Lend a Hand: Men and woman serving on the front lines are in need of sustenance and miscellaneous supplies. To find out what they may need, please call the non-emergency numbers of each location (listed below): 

Fire Departments of Sonoma County, sonomacountry.org
Fire Department of Napa County, countyofnapa.org
Fire Departments of Yuba County, yubacity.org

Open Your Doors: 

Airbnb Disaster Relief Program: If you're a member of Airbnb, you have a great chance to help and directly make an impact on families who have lost their homes. Airbnb has a disaster relief program whereby hosts can volunteer to house displaced families or relief workers deployed to help. Join the community of 42 hosts currently, who have opened their homes to evacuees for free.More here

Share Your HomeSHARE Sonoma County, a free home sharing program for anyone living in 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:

Red Cross: The Red Cross has made donations as easy as possible. Call 800-RED-CROSS, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate online

GoFundMe: Donate directly to campaigns created to support families impacted by the northern California fires using this link: GoFundMe. All campaigns are backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee.

Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund: Support those affected by the recent fires in Napa County – they provide three ways to make a gift. More information here. For those who would like information about other giving opportunities, such as gifts of real property or giving through your estate, please contact Adrienne D. Capps, VP of Development, at adrienne@napavalleycf.org or (707) 254.9565 ext. 23.

Food:

Food Pantries: Locate a food bank in the area to donate/volunteer at. Donate to food pantries of the areas affected: NapaYuba CountySanta Rosa, for example. 

Sonoma: The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has been asked to provide critical food to shelters throughout Sonoma County. For REFB to continue meeting the existing need and increase provisions of help, please 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. 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.

Sonoma: If you are able to donate food as an individual, restaurant or catered, please contact City Hall at (707) 938-3681 to coordinate drop off.

Sonoma: If you are able to donate your time as a volunteer to serve food and set up, please go to the Sonoma Community Center to register, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

Donate Items:

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

Yuba City:  For people, items of need include: Toiletries, new undergarments, diapers (kids and adults), and cases of water. 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.

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 St. (Sonoma), is serving food and providing shelter if needed - volunteers are welcome and appreciated to help serve food, wash dishes, etc.

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

Help for 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.

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. 

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.

Sonoma Humane Society: 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 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 still accepting people with 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. 

Wine Country: Foster, adopt, volunteer or donate to help out. More information here

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