How to Help Victims of the Fires in Northern California

Volunteers and donations are needed for those affected by the ongoing wildfires in Northern California. Here's how you can help.
A Los Angeles County firefighter monitors approching flames near a building as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Yountville, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

This article was updated Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

As we continue to watch the devastating events unfold in Northern California, our attention turns to helping those suffering from the destructive wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the surrounding areas. Wine Enthusiast will continue to cover the situation as it progresses, but would like to highlight relief efforts where contributions can be made to help the farmers, business owners and citizens of the affected areas. Here’s how you can help:

Donate or volunteer at the Red Cross of Northern California. You can also call 1-800 RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

In response to the wildfires, the Napa Valley Community Foundation has mobilized its Disaster Relief Fund. Community Foundation Sonoma County has set up The Sonoma County Resilience Fund. Donate to the Disaster Fund for Mendocino County created by The Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild Wine Country is collecting donations to begin rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by the fires. A fund aimed at long-term restoration efforts, 100 percent of donations will go directly to area families in need.

Vintner-spearheaded efforts are underway for Napa and Sonoma County Fire Relief, donating to firefighters across all the regions affected. The funds will go to Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue AuthorityNapa County Fire Department and Lake County Fire and Rescue, as well as other relief efforts.

Advocacy organization Women of the Vine & Spirits has set up their own relief fund, with proceeds being distributed to the Red Cross of Northern California, United Way of Wine Country and the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

This community-founded GoFundMe Fire Relief Fund is raising money to help buy victims necessities, such as sleeping bags, non-perishable foods, hygienic items and kids’ pajamas. Items will be donated to the distribution center at Mentor Me at the Cavanagh Recreation Center.

Airbnb’s Open Homes program is looking for volunteers to open their doors to provide temporary housing to evacuees.

Donate to local food pantries of Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties.

The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has been called to help with relief efforts. If you wish to donate or to volunteer please visit them here.

Idle Hand in San Francisco has a drop-off location for supplies. They will make trips to the affected areas to deliver donations.

If you are based in Oakland, California, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records will serve as a drop-off location for supplies and will deliver them to evacuation centers throughout the week and weekend.

Animal shelters are also looking for help. Visit the websites of Humane Society of Sonoma County, the Humane Society of Napa County and the Yuba-Sutter SPCA for more information.

Those interested in donating can also look at the various grassroots GoFundMe efforts to find a number of families and organizations in need of help.

For more information or if you are an evacuee looking for shelter, SFGate has a comprehensive list of resources.

Published on October 10, 2017
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