How to help those affected by the Wine Country Fires
The North Bay fires have been devastating and Marin is stepping up in a big way to help our neighbors to the north. At the last official press conference Sunday morning the status was updated to “recovery mode”. This is good news. However, the fires continue to burn, it’s a long road for recovery and as a community there is still lots to do.
What to do?
Donating directly to groups on the ground, or to the victims via gift cards are the top priority, and if this is something you can do, we have listed groups on the bottom of this post and, (this just in) an anonymous donor will match up to $1K on our Make it Better Red Cross funding account.
Long term housing:
If you have a place to offer up, please email Andrea Jolicoeur at email@example.com.
For volunteering opportunities in various towns as well as a detailed list of donation needs throughout Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, updated fire maps and school closure information - in other words, for anything you need to know about helping or getting help, please click on this Google Doc, which is updated often by firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is frequently updated.
Free Pet Boarding:
Marin Humane is still offering FREE boarding of pets for those evacuated due to the fires. People can bring their animals to the shelter located at:
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd in Novato 415.883.4621
No need to bring food or bedding but if possible, bring any veterinary records or pet meds. All domestic pets accepted, including reptiles, fowl, and some barnyard animals.
For the latest updates, visit facebook.com/marinhumane or marinhumane.org/northbayfires
Foster, adopt, volunteer with the Milo Foundation milofoundation.org
Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some '’Cliff's Notes" to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.
1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant.
2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They WILL track on tone of your voice and your body posture.
3. Don’t problem solve, most important task is to just LISTEN.
4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won’t remember much if you just tell them.
5. Asking open ended questions (How can I help?) are not helpful because it asks too much of the victim’s brain to figure that out. Present two choices with yes or no answer (May I drop off food Friday or Saturday?)
6. After the fires are contained, and the media leaves (referred to as the Honeymoon period – “we’re going to make it! We’re going to stick together!), most victims experience depression. The research indicates that the depression will last for a while, so keep in mind that ongoing supportive gestures, any intervention, support, kindness, is still needed. After the depression period lifts (can be as long as a couple years), people most often report that they feel that they have a new life.
Please feel free to share and repost this information! We thank you for your community support in
our efforts to spread the IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH!
North Bay Fire Relief (RCU account)
Fire Relief Fund via Race For Kids Gran Fondo: https://tinyurl.com/RFK-Fire-Evacuees-Supply-Fund Local grassroots fundraiser with a team of volunteers who are buying supplies for shelters as new needs arise. Text Steve Cozza for air mattress and cot pick-up at (707) 328-9766. Tax-deductible charity.
Redwood Empire Food Bank: In constant need of cash for food supplies. https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=redempire&id=64
Latino Community Foundation: Raising funds that will specifically go toward three local Latino nonprofit organizations-- North Bay Organizing Project in Santa Rosa; La Luz Center in Sonoma, and UpValley Family Centers in Calistoga –that are working to support families, farmworker communities, and are coordinating regional resources for immediate and long-term needs. Donate here > https://latino-community-foundation.networkforgood.com/projects/38583-northern-california-fires-relief
Heart of the Vine Relief Fund:
BR Cohn winery has established a go fund me account that will be used to purchase gift cards for families affected by the fires. They will match the donations up to $25,000. https://www.gofundme.com/vweheartofthevine
United Way of Wine Country: providing immediate assistance in the form of cash grants to residents who have lost their homes. www.unitedwaywinecountry.org
You Caring Tubbs Fire Victims Fund: https://www.youcaring.com/tubbsfirevictimssantarosacommunity-976726
Bay Area Firefighters & Families Fund:
Wine Country Animal Lovers: In need of funds for pet surgeries/burn victims: WineCountryAnimalLovers.org/donate
Marin Humane Society: In need of funds for animal burn victims to offset the cost of care. marinhumane.org/fires
AUTISM School - Anova Education: This school was destroyed in the fire and is a crucial resource for our community. Donate here > https://www.gofundme.com/anova
Tipping Point Community: Emergency Relief Fund will support low-income communities affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. 100% of what you give will go where it is needed most. https://tippingpoint.org/relief
Sonoma County Resilience Fund: Specifically addresses the mid to long-term needs of our community. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1431417
Petaluma Community Foundation: Raises money from the community and invest it back into the community for needed services. https://www.petalumacf.org/donate
Disaster Fund for Mendocino County: Provide disaster relief and recovery services in the aftermath of a natural disaster. http://www.communityfound.org/for-donors/donate-today/
Napa Valley Community Foundation: Will distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local nonprofits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. Grants will focus on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fire. http://www.napavalleycf.org/supporting-napa-county-fire-relief-efforts/
Northern California Fire Fund: Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties’ community foundations have jointly mobilized this fund housed at Silicon Valley Community Foundation to respond to the devastating fires that have displaced thousands of residents and destroyed vast numbers of homes and businesses in their region. https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/norcalfirefund
United Way Joint Fund: This is a joint fund between the United Way of the Bay Area and United Way of the Wine Country. The goal of the United Ways' Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund is to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to North Bay residents affected by the wildfires that have spread throughout the region. https://uwba.org/wildfires-relief
We will continue to update this page as we receive more information from the community.