The recent wildfires that swept through the state are being contained but the lingering effects from the devastation will go on for years. Thankfully, businesses in the community have stepped up to offer help for all those displaced by the fires.The Orange County Register compiled a list of organizations that are directly helping those victims. You can also make contributions to these organizations or share the information with someone you know that has been affected by the wildfires.
Goldrich Kest: Fire victims may call regarding expedited access to apartments in the greater Los Angeles area. Application fees will be waived plus assistance with furniture rental companies. Call for details, 310-280-3079. View properties, goldrichkest.com/properties
SelectaBed and the Tempflow Mattress Co.: For victims who have lost their home, the business is offering up to $1000-worth of bedding to each family. Also, a free pillow to first responders. 28505 Canwood St., Suite C, Agoura Hills. Call for details, 805-379-4300. www.selectabed.com
Airbnb: The company has expanded its Open Houses program to help displaced residents and relief workers of the Woolsey and Hill fires to Nov. 29. Program is recruiting hosts who are able to offer temporary free housing. Hosts do not have to be an existing Airbnb host to help. www.airbnb.com/woolseyfire
American Red Cross money donations: www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/wildfire-relief.html
American Well: Free video visits, until Nov. 26, with board-certified physicians and therapists for those impacted by the Woolsey wildfire. Health questions include: sinus and respiratory infections, asthma, rashes and therapy for anxiety, panic attacks and depression and bridging prescription refills. Download American Well’s Amwell app from your mobile device app store for 24-hour, seven-days a week help. amwell.com
Bank of America’s California Wildfire Client Assistance: 855-729-1764.
Chabad Center: Accepting donations of new/great condition clothing for adults and children, children’s play items, phone chargers, gift cards, hotel/motel vouchers and toiletries. Also, a distribution center for those in need. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. 818-991-0991. Email: email@example.com. www.chabadconejo.com; bit.ly/2PuMyXt
Disaster Distress Helpline: The 24-hour, seven-days a week line, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers confidential, multilingual counseling for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters and incidents of mass violence. 800-985-5990. Also, by Text: TalkWithUs to 66746. disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Fire Family Foundation: Financial aid to firefighters and their families due to disasters, illness and death. Donations: www.firefamilyfoundation.org
Gabi James Restaurant: Donations to benefit the Malibu Foundation through purchase of a glass or bottle of two wine choices from Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard paired with Spanish dishes at dinner. Hours: 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Reservations. 1810 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. 310-540-4884. www.gabijamesla.com
Humane Society of Ventura County: Donations needed to help the society’s efforts providing shelter for displaced cats, dogs, horses and other animals. The shelter is located at 402 Bryant St., Ojai. 805-646-6505. hsvc.org
JQ International: Helpline for support and resources for LGBTQ+ Jews, their families and allies. 855-574-4577. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation: Accepting donations through the Noah’s Legacy Fund. 562-728-4610. lacountyanimals.org/way-to-give/disaster-relief
Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation: Accepting donations. www.lacfdf.org
Los Angeles County’s information on the Woolsey Fire: Information on service centers, preparing for rain after the fire and other concerns. www.lacounty.gov/woolseyfire
Los Angeles Rams: Select Rams players auction off their game-worn jerseys, against the Seattle Seahawks, with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Southern California Wildfire Relief, and also the Conejo Valley Victims Fund for victims of the Borderline victims in Thousand Oaks (check website, under jerseys and Los Angeles Rams, for days left to bid). The Los Angeles Rams train at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. bit.ly/2FhWdMj
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Wildfire Fund: Donations: www.archla.org/fires
Salvation Army: The organization works with government agencies to provide food, personal necessities and shelter to victims and first responders. Donations: bit.ly/2ROyyEy
State Farm: Contact your agent to file a claim: 1-800-732-5246; statefarm.com
24 Hour Fitness: Club access to first responders and residents (regardless of membership status), through November 30 at 10 locations in Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, West Hills and Woodland Hills. Check with the club before arrival to ensure hours of operation. www.24hourfitness.com
United Way: Accepting monetary donations for fire victims in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. unitedwayla.org
Ventura County Community Foundation: The foundation has set up the “Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund” to help those affected by the fires. The fund will help the immediate needs of community nonprofit organizations. For those in need of this assistance call Stephanie Bertsch-Merbach, 805-330-6667. Emergency information: www.vcemergency.com To donate: www.vccf.org
Whether you give a little or a lot any help is appreciated.