How to Help Victims of the Thomas Fire


Volunteers are needed as well as disaster relief funds and supplies. Below is a list of charitable organizations that can be contacted if you’d like to help. Some of these allow you to flag your donation to a specific cause or campaign, others are more general.
Please be aware of illegal charity scams that may be set up through crowd funding websites. Also, note that donations made through crowd funding websites like Go Fund Me may or may not be tax deductible. Check their websites or for more information.


United Way of Ventura County
100% of donations go to Thomas Fire Fund
Text UWVC to 41444 or visit
Red Cross
The Red Cross is accepting applications for volunteers on its website.
Those who wish to make cash donations can visit
Or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. (1-800-733-2767)

Salvation Army Ventura Corps
The Salvation Army Ventura Corps is set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and is need of food and water to help evacuees.
The Salvation Army also is asking for monetary donations, which can be done by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting
Catholic Charities
Donate by Phone/Mail/Online (please designate Santa Barbara Region-Santa Barbara County when making online donation)
Phone: 805-965-7045
Mail: 609 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (Please designate which location you would like to support)
YouCaring, an online crowd-funding platform, has created a landing page with all of its campaigns for Southern California wildfire relief.
Direct Relief
Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief has responded to the fires with items requested by local health-care providers, including N-95 respiratory masks and emergency health kits full of emergency medicines and supplies.
To donate, visit click “Direct my donation to” and choose “Southern California Wildfires.” Direct Relief says it is committed to ensuring that 100 percent of funds designated by donors for relief of the Southern California wildfires will go to that cause.
Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund, created by the Ventura County Community Foundation, supports organizations providing shelter and long-term housing, legal services, education, healthcare and other immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the Thomas Fire.
CCF Wildfire Relief Fund
The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.
Foodbank of SB County
Every year, the Foodbank provides 10 millions of pounds of healthy food and produce to SB county residents.


Autism Society Ventura County

Helping evacuees with Autism/Asperger’s to negotiate for accommodations and provide material items that may have been left behind or are needed to deal with temporary housing like communication aids, weighted blankets, fidgets, noise cancelling headphones, earplugs, eye masks, sensory items, etc. Call  (805) 437- 9856 or (805) 496-1632, or email for assistance.


To volunteer or make donations to help animals affected by the Thomas Fire:

Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is in need of donations after taking in more than 300 animals since the fires began Monday.
The organization has set up a registry wish list on with items needed to care for the diverse group of animals currently in its care. Those unable to bring supplies or food to the shelter can make cash donations at