Donate to Help
This listing is provided for information purposes only. It is not a request by the State of California, the Governor or First Lady for donations to any particular organization. CaliforniaVolunteers strongly encourages potential donors to investigate unfamiliar organizations before donating money, goods or services.
If you represent a 501(c)(3) organization that provides relief to victims of the recent fires in Northern California, and your organization would like to be included on this list, please contact CaliforniaVolunteers toll-free number, 1-888-567-SERV (7378).
Donate to help victims of disaster through the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.
American Red Cross, Three Rivers Chapter
United Way Monterey County
American Red Cross, Carmel Area Chapter
Santa Barbara County
American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter
Santa Cruz County
United Way of Santa Cruz County
Donate using credit card by calling: 831-479-5466
Make checks payable to United Way and mail to United Way of Santa Cruz County, 1220 41st Ave., Capitola, CA 95010 and include “Santa Cruz County Fire Recovery Fund” on the memo line
Santa Cruz County Red Cross
To donate by phone please call: 831-462-2881
Make checks payable to Santa Cruz County Red Cross and mail to 2960 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
In-kind Donations Portal
Due to dangerous conditions related to the fire response, please do not travel to the disaster site without explicit instructions from a qualified emergency response organization. Use the Web site links below to register to volunteer to help.
Butte, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity Counties
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Butte, Shasta, Tehama and Trinity counties, please visit the Caring Choices Volunteer Center of Northern California Web site
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Kern County, please visit the Volunteer Center of Kern County Web site
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Lake County, please contact the Lake County Office of Emeregency Services office at (707) 263-1824
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Mendocino County, please visit the Volunteer Network of Mendocino County Web site
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Monterey County, please visit the Volunteer Center of Monterey Web site
Santa Barbara County
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Santa Barbara County, please visit the Volunteer Santa Barbara County Web Site
Santa Cruz County
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Santa Cruz County, please visit the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Web site
To find volunteer opportunities relating to the fires in Solano County, please email [email protected]
If you are contacted to help by any of the above organizations, be sure to find out where and when you will be needed, how to dress appropriately and what supplies you will need to bring. This may include food, water and personal protective equipment. Keep in mind that during a disaster first responders and disaster relief organizations may be working at capacity and an unexpected arrival of hundreds of volunteers may negatively impact their relief and recovery efforts.
Visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Web site for up to date information about the Early Season Fires.
Gov. Schwarzenegger Directs Coordinated Firefighting Efforts and Resources to Combat Wildfires
Train NOW for Future Disasters
Following a major disaster, most relief organizations and emergency responder agencies are extremely busy, even if they are outside the affected area. Organizations can become overwhelmed with too many volunteers. The best time to sign-up to volunteer is during a non-disaster time. This allows you to train with a disaster relief organization to be ready when the next emergency strikes.
To find a training or volunteer opportunity go to our home page, CaliforniaVolunteers.org, enter your zip code and select “Public Safety and Disaster Preparedness” from the pull down menu. You will receive a list of potential opportunities in your area, such as joining a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
In addition, you can find more information here:
1. WE Identify Our Risks
Identify dangers where you live and work, and where your children go to school. Find out what natural or man-made disasters pose a risk for you and your family. Do you live or work in a flood plain, near a major earthquake fault or in a high fire danger area?
• Contact your local Office of Emergency Services (OES) or local chapter of the American Red Cross, and get informed.
• Check with your insurance company to see if your home is in a high-risk area for fire, flood or earthquakes. Make sure your insurance coverage is up-to-date on an annual basis.
2. WE Create a Family Disaster Plan
WE Prepare by creating a family plan.
• Designate a meeting place outside of your home. This is where family members can go if you have to evacuate.
• Identify an out-of-state “family contact.” It is often easier to call long-distance following a disaster.
• Know and understand your plan. Involve all members of your household in the creation of your plan, especially children.
• Learn how to get important information in your community and how to talk to family members, if you become separated.
• Take care of your family pets. Store food and water for them in your disaster supply kit and keep their tags up-to-date.
3. WE Practice Our Disaster Plan
After working with your family to develop your plan — practice it. Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home. Know how to respond in a disaster — whether to stay put indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood.
4. WE Build a Disaster Supply Kit For Our Home and Car
In order to be self-sufficient until help arrives, you need to have a disaster supply kit. Your home kit should have at least the following items and be kept in containers that can be easily carried such as backpacks, plastic totes or wheeled trash cans. Carry a smaller kit in your car.
• Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable and canned food, and water for all family members. Replace water every six months. Don’t forget to restock food items.
• First aid kit.
• Battery-powered flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries. Replace batteries on a regular basis.
• Change of clothing and footwear, and one blanket or sleeping bag for each family member.
• Extra set of car keys, a credit card and cash.
• Extra medications.
• Sanitation supplies (such as soap, cleaning supplies, shampoo, toilet tissue, etc.).
• Extra prescription glasses.
• Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
5. WE Prepare Our Children
The more informed and involved children are in disaster planning, the more prepared they will be. Talk to your kids about risks and what your family will do if disaster strikes. Empower your children to help develop your family plan, build your disaster supply kits and lead practice drills.
6. WE Keep in Mind Unique Needs
Remember to prepare for unique needs that you or your family members have. Do you have small children or are there seniors or individuals with disabilities in your family? Make sure you have infant supplies, medications or durable medical equipment that you or your family members may need. Have enough supplies to last at least three days. Contact the National Council on Disability at www.ncd.gov for more information.
7. WE Learn CPR and First Aid
Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross today and get trained on first aid and CPR. Your training could save the life of a loved one or neighbor following a disaster.
8. WE Secure Our Space at Home and the Workplace
Secure the contents of your home or office to reduce potential dangers, especially during shaking from an earthquake or an explosion. Strap large electronics, anchor tall furniture, secure cabinet doors and overhead objects such as ceiling fans and pictures. Find out how you can make your home fire safe by contacting your local fire department or CalFire.
9. WE Understand Threats of Man-Made Disaster
There are many types of disasters. Some are natural occurrences, such as earthquakes and floods. Others are man-made and can range from chemical spills and power outages to terrorist attacks. WE Prepare by understanding and being ready for both types of disasters.
10. WE Serve
In California, one way WE Prepare is by helping others. There are many ways you can get involved to help make sure your community is ready for disasters. Log on to CaliforniaVolunteers.org and Volunteer Now! In the search by interest box select Public Safety & Disaster Preparedness to find out where to donate blood or how to join a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the American Red Cross, Fire Safe Council or other volunteer organizations in your area.