Wildfire Relief Fund - Community Partners Making An Impact
In November 2018, a trio of fast-moving wildfires devastated communities across California. Butte County faced the nation’s deadliest wildfire in more than a century, the Camp Fire, which killed 86 and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures. In Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the Hill and Woolsey fires killed three and forced hundreds of thousands of residents from their homes.
While the damage was unprecedented, so was the generosity in the wake of the fires. More than 21,000 donors opened their hearts to help those who lost so much in the fires through the Wildfire Relief Fund. To date, the fund has given $6.2 million to organizations providing basic needs support for families who lost their homes, offering financial assistance to those whose jobs or businesses were destroyed or disrupted, purchasing vital equipment for first responders and enabling rescue services and veterinary care for animals displaced by the Camp, Hill and Woolsey Fires.
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Organizations that have received recovery grants include:
Northern California (Camp Fire)
- North Valley Community Foundation: serves as a disaster relief and recovery hub, supporting efforts focused on housing, health and wellness, youth, education, community development and economic recovery.
- United Way of Northern California: connects disaster victims to interim housing and provides residents with emergency cash assistance to make up for lost work wages, cover transportation and meet other immediate needs.
- American Red Cross Gold Country Region: operates emergency shelters for evacuees of the Camp Fire and is providing meals as well as health and mental health services for individuals and families who have been affected.
- Salvation Army: supports disaster victims and first responders by providing vital social services including meals, essential items and emotional care.
- Northern Valley Catholic Social Services: deploys volunteers to assist affected communities with the recovery process, including providing emergency aid resources for immigrant and low-income communities.
- North Valley Animal Disaster Group: conducts rescue, recovery, and reunification efforts for animals affected by the Camp fire.
- United Domestic Workers of America: provides food, shelter and other support for domestic and home care workers displaced by the Camp Fire.
- 3CORE: provides small business loans and economic recovery and development planning in communities affected by the Camp Fire.
Southern California (Woolsey & Hill Fires)
- Ventura County Community Foundation: supports shelter and long-term housing, legal services, education, healthcare and other resources to meet immediate and long-term needs of disaster victims including undocumented immigrant and refugee families who have been affected.
- Boys and Girls Club Malibu, Malibu Fire Relief Fund: conducts immediate emergency relief efforts including providing individuals and families with interim housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, medical supplies and school materials.
- Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: provides essential equipment, training and public outreach programs to the firefighters and first responders who protect our communities, property and the environment.
- Ventura County Animal Services: rescues and provides supplies for animals evacuated from the areas affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires.
- Big Heart Ranch: is providing shelter, food and medical attention for animals who escaped the Woolsey Fire.
- Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE): provides financial assistance to Ventura County farmworkers who suffered from wage or job loss caused by the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
- Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: offers financial, rental and food assistance to low-income families in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
- 211 LA County: provides service referrals and information to individuals and families affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
- The Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA): provides relief assistance, along with safety equipment and training, to low-wage workers affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
- Conejo Compassion Coalition: offers tailored emergency relief for individuals and families who lost their homes in the fires, with a particular focus on communities that may be overlooked by other government and private disaster relief programs.
- The People Concern: offers housing assistance to Malibu residents experiencing homelessness in and around wildfire-affected areas.
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank: provides food to individuals and families impacted by the Woolsey Fire.
- Community Career Development: offers workforce development and employment assistance to low-income individuals who are un- or under-employed as a result of the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
This page will be continue to be updated as future grants are made and new impact reports become available.