Beginning late Sunday, October 8th, a firestorm ignited in Napa and Sonoma Counties where we work and live. Our family of employees are all safe at this time, but like our community around us, we are searching for ways to cope & to help in any way we can.
We are in love with Sonoma and Napa counties. Not just for their idyllic landscapes, but for our strong communities and unbreakable spirit. This past week, too many of our beautiful landscapes, local businesses and even entire city blocks, were turned to rubble and ash. Many homes of our friends and family, neighbors and co-workers, were completely destroyed.
Aerial view of the devastated coffee park neighborhood, before and after the fires. The city of Santa Rosa's initial assessment of the loss of property totals 2,834 homes and over 400,000 square feet of commercial businesses.
Instead of being defeated, our community is rising up stronger than ever, even as our valiant first responders work tirelessly to battle the fires and save lives. We have never been so inspired by the magnitude of the human heart as we have been these past few days. Thank you to all those who have reached out to help. Through the despair and sadness shines the vastness of love.
Ways you can help those affected by the devastating Northern California fires
Redwood Credit Union has partnered with the Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire to accept donations, 100% of which will go toward victims of the fires. Donate here.
Community Foundation Sonoma County (CFSC) has launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid to long-term needs of those affected by the fires. Online gifts can be made here.
Donate Time, Food & Supplies:
Ceres Community Project is providing prepared meals to hundreds at local evacuation centers. Volunteer, or donate food or money to replenish their supplies: http://ceresproject.org/
The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is accepting (ready-to-eat, non-perishable) food donations at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa. To donate food, see a list of their current needs on their Facebook page.
To donate money, visit the Food Bank's website
The United Way Wine Country is taking goods donations at 975 Corporate Center Parkway suite 160, Santa Rosa. No perishable items. You can also donate money to them online.
The Salvation Army has deployed multiple teams to provide meal services at evacuation centers, where they are assisting in accepting the donations of supplies. (Call ahead if possible before bringing supplies. Most centers are overwhelmed with donations of materials at this point.) Monetary donations are needed at this time. 100% of your gift will be used in support of the relief efforts. Donate here.
Sonoma County Recovers has been set up as a central location for people to check what supplies and labor are needed throughout the county.
The Sonoma County Volunteer Center has partnered with the Emergency Office of Communications, Shelters, and the Red Cross to streamline volunteer services in the community. To use services, call 211 - lines are open 24/7 - or visit 211sonoma.org. To volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, phone number, email address and applicable skills.
Resources for Locals Affected by the North Bay Fires
Stay informed. If you haven't already, register at www.Nixle.us to receive local updates.
KSRO 103.5 has done an amazing job covering the latest developments, and keeping us informed. You can also stream them on their website or your own phone.
Recent aerial images of fire damage in the City of Santa Rosa have been posted on Map Box
, which residents can access and manipulate to see a relatively current view of their neighborhood. Please note: areas that show red indicate the presence of vegetation, NOT fire.
Shelters, individuals and communities can put in requests for supplies and volunteers at Sonoma County Recovers
Visit Sonoma County Recovers
, launched to help individuals with every facet of recovery.