As we go through another California Fire Season, we have neighbors close to home who need assistance. The following list of Ways You Can Help is provided by SF Chronicle (sfchronicle.com) in response to the Sonoma County wildfire.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross is accepting financial donations for victims of this disaster. People can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. The Red Cross is not accepting food, clothing or household items.
Volunteer in Sonoma County
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership coordinate volunteer efforts during a disaster. Visit sonoma.cvnl.org to browse available opportunities and sign up.
Redwood Acre Food Bank
The food bank needs food and financial donations as well as volunteers to meet the needs of many evacuees. People who wish to volunteer should email firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be contacted with information. Go to refb.org to make a financial contribution or learn how to donate food.
Sonoma County Animal Services
This organization is accepting financial donations to help provide care, food, blankets and veterinary supplies for animals displaced by the fire. Visit sonomacounty.ca.gov for more information.
Sonoma Family Meal
The organization, which provides meals for fire survivors, is accepting financial donations and offers from professional chefs to volunteer in the kitchen. Volunteers are also needed to move and pick up food. Visit sonomacountymeal.org.
World Central Kitchen
The organization has set up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to provide meals for those affected by the Kincade Fire. Visit wck.org and click the link for Kincade Fire relief to see if there are slots available for volunteering.
Petaluma People Services Center
The nonprofit is accepting financial donations and volunteers for the Kincade Fire relief effort at petalumapeople.org. In addition, it is accepting donations of dry shampoo, batteries, hydrocortisone cream, Sweet ’n Low, sleeping bags and blankets.
Community Emergency Response Team
People can sign up for training classes at ready.gov/cert in disaster response to be prepared to serve the community in case of a future disaster.
You can also help by donating to a relief organization of your choice.
Previous disaster response information:
In response to the disaster and devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, we naturally ask, "What can we do?" "How can we assist?"
First and foremost, we can pray that God would comfort those in need. We can pray for organizations currently on the ground as they respond first with relief and then by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let's also pray for healing and rebuilding in the affected communities.
For those who wish to make monetary donations, the following is a list of organizations currently on the ground providing assistance:
- Samaritan's Purse - https://www.samaritanspurse.
- American Red Cross - https://www.redcross.org/
- MNA Disaster Relief General Fund - https://pcamna.org/disaster-
- Salvation Army - https://disaster.
- Or a relief organization of your choice