Nonprofits are feeding and sheltering people who lost homes to wildfires in California. Other nonprofits are caring for their animals or helping them find pets and livestock lost during the fires that are burning in Butte, Glenn, Plumas, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties.
Here are ten organizations that need donations and volunteers. This list will be updated regularly, so check back for updates.
1. Community Foundation of the North State
Based in Redding, the foundation — previously known as the Shasta Regional Community Foundation — has a Happy Camp Relief Fund to provide immediate, mid- and long-term support to people and charities that experienced loss in the Slater Fire. A committee made up of Happy Camp residents who lost homes and evacuees disseminate funds; they represent educational, public safety, law enforcement, Karuk tribal and business fields. Monetary donations are accepted. To learn more about the fund or donate, go to https://bit.ly/2Hc0qTl or call 530-244-1219.
2. North Valley Animal Disaster Group
This organization, based in Chico and Oroville, has three temporary shelters for evacuees' pets set up in Butte County. Volunteers are going to burn sites to feed animals and, when possible, rescue and reunite them with their owners. As of Sept. 16, the group is sheltering 575 pets and livestock. Monetary donations are most needed, as are gift cards for gas. For more information or to donate, call 530-895-0000 or go to www.nvadg.org.
3. North Valley Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund
This foundation in Chico is raising money for organizations providing shelter, food, gas and other emergency relief to those most affected by fires in Butte County. As of Sept. 15, it distributed $72,000 in grants. Call 530-891-1150 or go to www.nvcf.org/wildfire to donate or for more information.
4. Oroville Hope Center
Based in Oroville and Paradise, the Hope Center provides food, clothing and other items to those most affected by the fires in Butte County. Items most needed are N95 masks and other personal protection items, hand sanitizer, new men's clothing including socks, bedding, toiletries, and gas and grocery gift cards. No used items can be accepted at this time because of COVID-19 concerns. A needs list is updated regularly on Facebook at https://bit.ly/2ZONjOp. Call 530-538-8398 or go to www.orovillehopecenter.org to donate, or for more information.
5. Oroville Rescue Mission
The Mission is a resource and distribution center for those evacuated from wildfire areas. As of Sept. 16, the mission cared for about 220 displaced people — more than 70 families — per day, according to staff. Monetary donations are most needed, as are canned food items with pop-tops, gas and grocery gift cards, new blankets and toiletries. For an updated needs list, go to Facebook at https://bit.ly/3hLIVpD. For more information or to donate, call 530-534-9120 or go to orovillerescuemission.com.
6. Rescue Ranch Adoption Center
Rescue Ranch in Yreka is helping evacuees find their lost pets and is boarding pets whose people lost homes or are evacuated. Volunteers are putting food out for lost pets in burn areas. As of Sept. 16, the ranch has a two-week supply of pet food that will need to be replenished in October. For now, greatest needs are monetary donations and gift cards to Tractor Supply, Walmart and Valero (gas). The organization also has an Amazon.com wish list and posts needs on it's Facebook page at https://bit.ly/35KHaXb. Call 530-842-0829 or go to https://rrdog.org/ to donate or for more information.
7. Siskiyou Community Food Bank
Partnering with the Siskiyou County Lions Club, the food bank is providing up to 750 meals per day for those most affected by the fires and those in need. Needed most are gift cards and monetary donations, and canned food — preferably with pop-tops. See the bank's Facebook page for updates and needs at https://bit.ly/33B9jND. For more information or to donate, call 530-905-1551 or go to www.siskiyoufoodbank.org.
8. (Buddhist) Tzu Chi Foundation
Volunteers with the foundation's northwest chapter are providing emergency financial assistance to those whose homes were severely damaged in Butte and Glenn counties. The foundation needs monetary donations and volunteers. For more information or to donate, call 530-801-6335 or go to https://bit.ly/3c8xGGc.
9. United Way of Northern California Wildfire Recovery Fund
Through it's wildfire recovery fund, Redding-based United Way grants emergency funding to agencies helping residents affected by wildfires in Butte, Plumas and Siskiyou counties. It distributed $80,000 as of Sept. 10. "These are just the first funds that will need to go out, as we are in the early stages of this relief effort,” UWNC president Larry Olmstead said. For more information or to donate call 530-241-7521, go to www.norcalunitedway.org/wildfire-recovery, text “norcalfire” to 91999, or mail a check to United Way of Northern California, c/o Wildfire & Disaster Fund, 2280 Benton Drive, Building B, Redding, CA 96003.
10. Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund/Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT)
The Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine provides medical treatment for animals injured in wildfires or other natural disasters. The school's volunteer response team (VERT) — made up of faculty, students and medical technicians — helps animals on site in fire areas and at the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. September patients include rescued horses, an alpaca, sheep, goats and cats admitted with burns, broken limbs, dehydration and stress-related injuries. To donate of learn more, call 530-752-5717; or go to the Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund website at https://bit.ly/2Rtafhk, and VERT's website at https://bit.ly/3c5TUJg.
Submit a North State charity
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- Name of the organization
- One-sentence description what the organization is doing in fire areas
- What is needed: Monetary donations, supplies, etc.
- Contact name and phone number
- Which fire/area served
Jessica Skropanic is features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers lifestyle and entertainment stories, and weekly arts feature d.a.t.e. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.
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