Disaster Relief

“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”                        Philippians 2:4

Below are organizations that are helping with people in extreme need in the state, the nation and across the globe. “Cash donations enable relief organizations to purchase supplies locally, which ensures that they’re fresh and familiar to survivors, purchased in just the right quantities, and delivered quickly. And those local purchases support the local merchants, which strengthens the local economy for the long run.”*

For Northern California Fire Ravaged Communities:
Roots of Change, a “think and do tank” here in Sacramento, taking thoughtful and strategic action to change the food system, has posted a list of local agencies or funds that Michael Dimock, president, has identified and trusts are legitimate.

Raley’s, (a regional supermarket chain) has posted a page of useful  links and actions to take, and plus information and services for those of you in affected communities.

To Volunteer:
American Red Cross Volunteer Application
Trained Red Cross volunteers are currently staffing shelters and supporting residents. As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation. If you live near Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Solano, Marin and Mendocino and are interested in volunteering to support wildfire relief efforts.

California Volunteers
CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering. The link lists information about financial donations, donating goods, and volunteering.

To Donate Funds For Disaster Relief in CA and beyond:
California Volunteers
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Your gifts provide core funding for the work of PDA, enabling immediate response to national and international disasters and strengthening ongoing work such as training and development, refugee ministry, and response to disasters that do not receive media attention.

One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief
“Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have brought terrible devastation but also brought out the best in humanity. As former Presidents, we wanted to come together to help our fellow citizens in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean as they recover and rebuild.Every cent donated through the One America Appeal will help the victims recover.”

Habitat for Humanity 
“Habitat for Humanity has local organizations throughout the regions affected by the storms. With their help, we are assessing shelter and housing needs.
Long-term plans will be determined after our evaluations and will depend on the level of support we receive from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.”

*Juanita Rilling, former director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C, quoted in Best intentions: When disaster relief brings anything but relief CBS News, September 3, 2017, 9:02 AM