How to Help Kincade Fire Victims and Evacuees: Volunteer and Donate
Nearly 200,000 Sonoma County residents have fled their homes under mandatory evacuation orders. Here’s how you can help support those affected.
VOLUNTEERING & DONATIONS
The Red Cross
The Red Cross operates a number of evacuation shelters and fire relief efforts throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties.
Volunteer: Those interested in volunteering at local evacuation shelters or fire relief sites operated by The Red Cross should register at redcross.org/volunteer. After registration, they will be contacted by The Red Cross and assigned to a site.
Make a donation: To make a donation, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also send a check to American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. The check should be made out to “American Red Cross” with “Kincade fire” noted on the check.
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)
The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) jointly operate a number of Emergency Volunteer Centers and coordinate help with emergency evacuations. The organizations are currently operating Emergency Volunteer Centers in Napa and Marin counties. In Sonoma County, they operate para-transit services to help move evacuees to safety.
Volunteer: Those interested in volunteering, should sign up through the Volunteer Portal at sonoma.cvnl.org/disaster-response. Needs are currently being assessed for the Kincade fire. Those interested in volunteering at one of the evacuation shelters in Petaluma should email email@example.com, call 707-529-1201, or express interest in person at the Kenilworth Teen Center at 150 Fairgrounds Drive.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB)
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is currently under mandatory evacuation. They expect to return to their regular food distribution schedule on Tuesday, October 29.
Donate food: REFB is currently accepting food donations at their main facility at 3990 Brickway Blvd in Santa Rosa. They also have donation sites in the community, listed below (please call in advance to make sure locations are open and safe as many areas are currently under mandatory evacuation).
- Oliver’s Cotati 546 E Cotati Ave, Cotati, CA 94931 | (707) 795-9501
- Healdsburg Golf Club at Tayman Park 927 S. Fitch Mountain Rd, Healdsburg CA 95448 | (707) 434-4275
- Siduri Wine Bar and Tasting Lounge 241 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg CA 95448 | (707) 433-6000
- Whole Foods Petaluma: 621 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952 | (707) 762-9352
- The Redwood Club: 719 Southpoint Blvd # A, Petaluma, CA 94954 | (707) 778-8788
- Grocery Outlet Santa Rosa: 1116 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 | (707) 566-0530
- Oliver’s Stony Point: 461 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | (707) 284-3530
- Whole Foods Coddingtown: 390 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | (707) 542-7411
- Sonoma YMCA: 1111 College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 | (707) 545-9622
- Oliver’s Montecito: 560 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 | (707) 537-7123
- Whole Foods Yulupa: 1181 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 | (707) 575-7915
- Sonoma County Water Agency: 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | (707) 526-5370
- Gateway Church: 3350 Coffey Ln suite c, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | (707) 576-0747
- Whole Foods Sebastopol: 6910 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472 | (707) 829-9801
- Oliver’s Windsor: 9230 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, CA 95492 | (707) 687-2050
Donate money: “In the coming days, we will be meeting the needs of more than 200,000 of our neighbors. Monetary donations allow us to buy and distribute the type of food most needed,” said a press release from the REFB. Make a donation here.
Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering — helping out in the REFB kitchen and with food distribution — send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonoma Family Meal
Founded by SMI dining editor Heather Irwin, Sonoma Family Meal has served more than 200,000 meals to fire survivors since 2017. The nonprofit is also an emergency disaster response kitchen and is now serving Kincade fire victims and evacuees.
Volunteer and donate: Sonoma Family Meal is currently seeking trained chefs and kitchen helpers as well as people who can move food and pickup supplies and produce. Sign up to volunteer at https://www.sonomafamilymeal.org/volunteer/. Make a donation here.
World Central Kitchen
The World Central Kitchen’s “Chef Relief Team” provides meals to those in need in disaster areas. Chef Tyler Florence’s Kincade fire team served 6000 meals at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday.
On Twitter, Tyler Florence encourages people wanting to volunteer — especially those with kitchen experience — to send him a direct message. Those interested in volunteering can also register online at https://wck.org/volunteer.
COTS welcomes evacuees to visit their Mary Isaak Center (900 Hopper Street, Petaluma) for showers, laundry, meals and phone charging. All services are free.
The nonprofit is currently seeking the following donations for fire evacuees:
• Towels and wash cloths
• Shampoo, body wash
• Bedding/sleeping bags
• Laundry detergent
• Toilet paper
• N95 masks
Volunteer: Regular COTS volunteers are encouraged to help coordinate laundry and showers. Get in touch with the front desk: 707-765-6530 x120.
Petaluma Peoples Services Center
Petaluma Peoples Services Center is a collection of human services programs providing support through, for example, counseling, daily hot meals, rides to the doctor, case management, and financial assistance. Now serving Kincade fire victims.
Make a donation: Those interested in making a donation serving Kincade fire victims can do this online at http://petalumapeople.org/donate and the organization will make “targeted purchases.”
You can also bring items from the list below to Kenilworth Teen Center, 150 Fairgrounds Drive, right next to the library.
- Breathe Right Strips
- Individually Packaged Snacks
- Liquid Albuteral
- Baby Aspirin
- Adult Diapers (Extra Large and Large)
- Juice Boxes
- Drip Coffee
- Laundry Detergent
- New Blankets
- New Pillows
- Litter Boxes
- Doggie Bags
- Hand Warmers
- Duct Tape
- Baby Oil
- New T-shirts, New Underwear, New Socks, Women’s Tank Tops
- New Towels
- Ear Plugs
- Bio Bags
- Sharp Containers
- Anything Medical
- Eye Masks
- Dog/Cat Leashes
Please do not bring any items that are not on this list.
Volunteer: Those wanting to volunteer can fill out an online application here: https://tinyurl.com/PPSC-volunteer.
Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, Sonoma
The City of Sonoma is on standby to open the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building (126 1st St W, Sonoma) as an overnight evacuation center providing shelter services. No donations are needed at this time, according to City Manager Cathy Capriola.
Volunteer: Those interested in volunteering, should visit the Vets Building and leave their names and contact information on a list. They will then be contacted once the center is opened.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is serving three meals a day at five evacuation centers in Napa, San Rafael and Petaluma. 100 percent of donations will go toward Kincade fire relief efforts as the Salvation Army feeds and cares for evacuees and first responders. Make a donation here.
Community Foundation of Sonoma County
The Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s ongoing Resilience Fund continues to accept donations to support the mid- and long-term recovery needs of individuals and families, with particular focus on helping individuals impacted by the fires, healing the long-term effects of trauma, and addressing housing solutions within the county. Make a donation here.
United Way of the Wine Country
United Way has opened the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief & Recovery Fund to help in the relief and recovery efforts post fire. Make a donation here.
Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation has reactivated its NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund in response to the Kincade fire. The fund supports nonprofits that include Corazon Healdsburg and Nuestra Comunidad, which are providing essential sheltering and supportive services to Latino immigrants and farmworkers impacted by the fire. Make a donation here.
The UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County, managed by Graton Day Labor Center, North Bay Organizing Project, and North Bay Jobs with Justice, is currently raising funds to assist the victims of the Kincade fire. This fund is providing direct funding to undocumented immigrants and their families in Sonoma County to help with fire-related expenses. Make a donation here.
Do you know of any additional ways to support fire victims? Let us know in the comments.
Information about fire relief funds provided by Northern California Grantmakers, ncg.org.