Within the past few days, California has been burdened with hundreds of devastating fires up and down the state, resulting in over 100,000 residents being forced to evacuate their homes. Within the Monterey County area alone, three large wildfires (the River Fire in Salinas, the Carmel Fire in Carmel Valley, and the Dolan Fire in Big Sur) have burned thousands of acres and torn through homes and structures. From non-profit organizations to families in crisis, here are a few ways you can help Monterey County families that have been affected by the California fires.
Support the Monterey County Community Resilience Program
If you can either provide supplies, offer a safe place for pets and animals to temporarily stay, or even donate funds, your help is greatly appreciated. Visit the Monterey County Community Resilience Program to find out various ways you can offer support, funds, or services. This website is a great resource for local residents as well, as it provides updates on shelters and places to stay while being forced to evacuate. Below are a few non-profit organizations that are in need of donations to help support the local community during this time of need.
Directly Help Families Affected by the California Fires
One of our family friends (a young couple with three children) recently lost their home due to the Carmel Fire. Their family has set up a GoFundMe page to help them raise funds to support them during this difficult time. If you are able to donate to and/or spread the word about their fundraiser, any help is greatly appreciated.
Help Wildlife During This Time
If you live near a forest or an area that has wildlife nearby, small acts of service (like putting out a bowl of water on your deck) can be especially helpful. Animals are struggling to find fresh water and food, and are having to flee from their homes to save their lives. If you see animals that are in critical need, contact Animal Control or the SPCA.
Whatever assistance you can provide (whether you donate, offer supplies, or just re-post on social media) truly helps all the communities and individuals who are being affected by these devastating wildfires.