As we all watch with heavy hearts and disbelief at the wildfire devastation throughout our north bay counties, we want to act. Most of us have stories to share of friends, colleagues or family members who have been directly impacted by the fires. Hearing those stories inspires us to do something. But knowing where to start can often feel overwhelming when faced with great need.
PFS staff have been keeping a close watch on the community response to understand which organizations are mobilizing and already working with people locally across the region. We want to share the following list of organizations providing important services as a starting point to help you decide where to begin:
- Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa is providing disaster recovery services to residents who survived fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino through food, clothes, emergency benefits, and financial assistance. Their Family Support Center in Santa Rosa is open and accepting financial donations.
- Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is working to distribute food to the shelters in the county. They have the capacity to increase the amount of food they are giving out, but need the financial assistance to do so.
- Petaluma People Services Center is coordinating emergency home shares for people displaced by the fire.
- The Napa Valley Community Foundation has a Disaster Relief Fund.
- The Community Foundation Sonoma County has a Resilience Fund to address the mid to long-term needs of Sonoma County. Funds will support nonprofits providing direct service to communities impacted by the fires.
- Redwood Credit Union has a fund where donations can be designated for Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake counties.
- United Way of the Wine Country has a Relief Fund for both immediate and long-term recovery efforts.
Please reach out to any member of the PFS team if you would like assistance in expediting support to our neighbors in the North Bay. As relief efforts continue and the long-term rebuilding begins, we will continue to share updates on ways to help.