Give2Get has offices in Culver City, which is located in Los Angeles County. Although our staff members weren't personally affected by the recent wildfires, we do know people who were forced to evacuate or have been affected by them. There are many ways to help whether you're here in Los Angeles, in San Diego, or anywhere in the world.
Local individuals would who like to volunteer can report to the following locations:
- L.A. Kitchen, which we've been posting about this week, is preparing meals for firefighters and displaced victims. The organization will be bringing food to individuals for the next week. They recommend wearing comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. For shift times, check the Facebook page.
- The Humane Society of Ventura County, which is housing animals that escaped from the fires. Donations of animal food are being accepted. Volunteers who are working will also need food and water. Check out the organization's Facebook page to find more ways to help (and for information on donation drop-offs). You can also make a cash donation on HSVC’s website.
- For local individuals, Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new clothing and toys that will be given out as Christmas gifts at their Ventura branch. The organization has also set up a fund to help with the cost of rebuilding and home repairs, which can be found on the network’s website.
- 2-1-1 Call Center in San Diego: 2-1-1 San Diego urgently needs your help in staffing and supporting its Call Center. As the County’s public “hotline” in public emergencies, it gives callers accurate, up-to-the-minute information about shelters, evacuation routes, road closures, utilities, and more.
If you're not local or able to volunteer, consider making donations to the following organizations:
- LA Fire Department Foundation: Founded in 2010, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation serves to strengthen the overall preparedness and responsiveness of the LAFD. The organization's focus is on public safety: We support the department by helping to invest in equipment, training programs, and public outreach to help these men and women excel at their jobs.
- San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Relief Fund: The horse community will be in need of bedding, blankets, feed, and medical supplies for equine evacuees. Additional, many horses will now need to be housed until they can return to their former homes.
- The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation: This organization will accept donations for the Noah Legacy Fund, which distributes supplies and training to first responders who are rescuing animals.
- YouCaring and GoFundMe, which have created landing pages of verified fundraising efforts, will be providing a way for you to choose personal requests that most appeal to you whether you're helping an individual family, contributing to a specific need, or assisting certain neighborhoods.
- San Diego Humane Society: The organization requests that those who would like to donate choose pet food and supplies from its Amazon Wish List. No matter where you order from, the donation arrives in San Diego!
- The United Way of Ventura County has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to create the Thomas Fire Fund. The United Way n Los Angeles has also set up fire relief funds for communities hit by the blazes.