My organization the California Academy of Sciences has been incredible in supporting those affected by the devastating wildfires that ripped through much of the North Bay earlier this month. Last week, we opened our doors for free to people directly impacted by the fires, resulting in tens of thousands of visitors getting a welcome respite from the trauma and drama of the fires.
We also just launched a staff campaign to contribute to both short term aid and longer term recovery for our North Bay communities. In case you are still looking for opportunities to help, here are some organizations that were recommended to me.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
The REFB is providing critical food to evacuation centers and shelters for people displaced by fires. They also work to ensure those who needed food assistance before the fires are still able to access their help.
Redwood Credit Union
Redwood Credit Union is accepting financial donations to assist fire victims and aid relief efforts. When you donate, you can choose to support any of the four counties affected: Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake. Or, designate "all" and your funds will be equally distributed among all four counties.
Sonoma County Resilience Fund
Initiated by the Community Foundation for Sonoma County, the Resilience Fund is focusing on the mid to long-term needs of people impacted. From their website, "After the frenzy and chaos of a devastating disaster like this one passes, the long road to recovery and rebuilding begins—and it is here that philanthropy can play a distinct and critical role."
Napa Valley Community Foundation
NVCF has mobilized the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the Napa County fires. Their website does not specify how donations will be distributed, but the organization is known for directing philanthropic capital to local initiatives.