How to Help Victims of the Southern California Fires (Right Now, from Your Computer)
Firefighters need to be fed. Animals need to be housed. Evacuees need all kinds of things. These are just some of the one-click ways you can help meet the needs of those most affected by the cluster of fires that tore through Southern California this month. The silver lining—you can help, right this minute.
The Greater Los Angeles United Way has a dedicated Southern California Wildfire Fund. Any money you give is doled out to vetted relief organizations in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego counties—so you can be sure your donations are getting where they’re needed.
Sign Up to Feed First Responders
With the Thomas Fire not even half contained, there’s still a serious work force required to stop additional destruction. Chef José Andrés’s organization World Relief Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen are partnering to provide daily breakfast, lunch and dinner to firefighters. Know how to use a knife, drive a delivery van or just fold a napkin? Sign up here.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Most of the work of the Red Cross is done by volunteers, and right now in Southern California, it’s all hands on deck. Enter your zip code here to choose among dozens of openings that range from medical and mental health volunteers, finance officers and caseworkers. No special degrees? There’s still a place for you to help, just apply.
Help Wildlife (Including the Viral Bunny)
When a red hoodie-clad bystander rescued a panicked bunny from flames along the 101, a video showing the tense rescue became a sliver of digital feel-good in a sea of 405-commute-as-Hades footage. The injured animal is being cared for at the California Wildlife Center, a group dedicated to rehabilitating native wildlife in peril. Give directly or sign up your Ralphs card to donate between 1 and 4 percent of your grocery bills.
Sign Up to Care for Displaced House Pets and Farm Animals
The Humane Society of Ventura County is usually full up caring for the usual dogs, cats and horses, but since Monday, December 4, when the Thomas fire broke out, it’s been at overflow capacity of animals including alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens and even large snakes. You can give money to keep the animals fed; you can also email the Ojai-based facility (email@example.com) to schedule a time to volunteer in person. And maybe meet Casper, the goat-watching canine.