California has suffered through the deadliest wildfires in state history as the Camp Fire in northern California’s Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill fires in southern California’s Ventura County have combined to burn more than 200,000 acres and destroy more than 9,000 structures. More than 50 people have died in the fires, according to a recent report by CBS News.
There are several non-profit organizations willing and eager to help those affected by these devastating fires. One such organization in the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund.
The Fund “supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts,” the organization’s website states. Since launching in 2003, the Fund has raised $5 million for relief and recovery efforts.
“Grants from the Wildfire Relief Fund have supported those who were displaced or lost housing, belongings and/or employment, or suffered physical or mental health problems; helped to rebuild homes; provided case management services, basic needs assistance, mental health services and financial assistance; upgraded 2-1-1 phone and information system; assisted California wildfire victims with follow-up medical care and supplies; provided respiratory equipment and information to people with lung disease; educated homeowners about green rebuilding; and provided disaster preparedness information.”
Another reputable, longstanding organization providing assistance to wildfire victims is the American Red Cross, which has been providing disaster relief and aid in the United States for more than 130 years. And animal-rescue organizations such as Copper’s Dream are helping find homes for animals displaced by the fires.