How to Help the California Fire Victims

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Here are several ways to help the California fire victims.

The Camp Fire blanketing Northern California is the deadliest in the state’s history.

A total of 63 people have died, 631 are missing, 90,000 acres have burned and more than 6,700 structures have been destroyed in this and other fires (as of published date), including the Woolsley fire, which broke out near Simi Valley and spread across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including Malibu. The news is full of stories of residents who narrowly escaped with their lives.

Here’s how to help the California fire victims:

Donate a Room

Airbnb launched a webpage where you can donate a spare room to a fire evacuee or rescue worker, and you can provide a free place to stay.

Support Animal Shelters

Donations to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation support various shelters’ relief efforts.

Donate money

There are many places in need of financial support. Please reach out to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund, the Ventura County Community Foundation and the American Red Cross.

Salvation Army

If you’re not in a position to donate money, you can donate non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Ventura Corps, which is providing food and shelter to victims and first responders.

Fire Relief Funds

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts. The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program is also providing emergency financial assistance to fire victims.


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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.