• Erin McGinnis

California Fires: How You Can Help

Our hearts go out to all the people, business owners and animals affected by the fires, including one of our own family members.

Here's How You Can Help:

If You Want To Do Research Before You Donate

*The New York Times has a general article about researching before you donate

* Visit the Better Business Bureau website with a scam tracker and other valuable information specific to these wildfires

*Visit the website Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization

Organizations Active in Fire Disaster Relief

California Volunteers: This state agency manages volunteer programs in California. The organization has created a list of services and donation options to help the victims of all three fires. Visit the California Volunteers site to find more information about how to donate and volunteer to help. Organizations include United Way and CCF Wildfire Relief Fund among others.

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is assisting residents in northern and southern California to help find shelter. To make a donation visit the American Red Cross website, call 1-800-RED or text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

GoFundMe has also set up a page listing the crowdfunding campaigns for the Camp Fire.

North Valley Community Foundation: A non-profit working toward helping victims and the community with the long-term recovery. Visit their North Valley Community Foundation website.

Animal Help

Butte Humane Society: They are still caring for burned cats transferred to them from the Camp Fire. Their main priority is providing the medical care the cats require daily. Ddnate at http://buttehumane.org/donate/