How to Help Victims of the Thomas Fire

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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 https://www.charitynavigator.org/ for more information.

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United Way of Ventura County
100% of donations go to Thomas Fire Fund
Text UWVC to 41444 or visit http://vcunitedway.org/
 
Red Cross
The Red Cross is accepting applications for volunteers on its website.
Those who wish to make cash donations can visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation
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 http://ventura.salvationarmy.org/
 
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) http://www.catholiccharities-sbc.org/donate/
http://www.our-lady-of-sorrows-santa-barbara.com/
 
YouCaring
YouCaring, an online crowd-funding platform, has created a landing page with all of its campaigns for Southern California wildfire relief. https://www.youcaring.com/causes/southern-ca-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 http://directrelief.org/donate 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. https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/#relief-faq
 
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. https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/
 
Foodbank of SB County
Every year, the Foodbank provides 10 millions of pounds of healthy food and produce to SB county residents. http://foodbanksbc.org/

 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 Amazon.com 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 https://humanesocietyvc.nationbuilder.com/donate

SOURCE: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/state/california/fires/article188487034.htm

Free Storage for Displaced Ventura Residents

Meathead Movers, the student-athlete moving company in Oxnard, is offering one month of free storage to Ventura County residents who have been displaced from their homes due to the fires. With no long-term commitment necessary, Meathead Movers will open its units to families who have no where to store belongings that were saved from homes before mandatory evacuations. Evacuees are encouraged to contact Meathead Movers to confirm a unit with a valid driver’s license identifying a current address in the mandatory evacuation zones.

Evacuated Due to Fire?

Need blankets, pillows, food, diapers, clothes?

Fit Zone Ventura is collecting the following items for families: blankets, pillows, sheets, food, water, baby products (diapers, wipes, lotion, bottles, etc.) clothing all sizes, personal hygiene products, first aid kits.  All of the above are also ready for pick up and if anybody needs items delivered, arrangements can be made. For more information, call 394-5103 or go to 4756-3 Telephone Road in Ventura from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call first) or follow Fit Zone Ventura on Facebook.

Have Autism & Displaced by Fire?

The Autism Society of Ventura County, a leading autism organization for individuals impacted by autism in Ventura County, is offering assistance to people with Autism Spectrum and related disorders forced to flee for safety from recent wildfires and to agencies providing shelter for these individuals.

ASVC is available to replenish supplies for left behind for displaced residents requiring assistance including weighted blankets, communication aide devices, sensory friendly resources, and autism-related items to ease the transition during this difficult time. Residents requiring assistance should contact the ASVC Resource Hotline at (805) 437-9856 or the Office at (805) 496-1632.

 

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