SoCal Wildfires Response & Resources
We are humbled at the response of hospitality and support by the parishioners at St. Monica Catholic Community. Thank you!
Currently, the following organizations are providing the best direct assistance for wildfire victims and evacuees:
- The American Red Cross is providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees. You can visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
- The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by the Southern California fires. They're partnering with United Way of Ventura County.
- The Salvation Army Ventura Corps wildfire relief fund is also accepting donations to go toward California wildfire relief.
- The California Fire Foundation is a nonprofit that is distributing emergency funds to fire victims through its SAVE program. That includes firefighters distributing prepaid credit cards to help victims in the immediate aftermath of the fire.
- The Entertainment Industry Foundation is raising money through its Fire Relief Fund to help those affected. The organizations that will benefit, but last year they gave to the L.A. Fire Department, L.A. Kitchen, and the Humane Society of Ventura County.
- Facebook also has a Crisis Response page for the Woolsey Fire, which includes fundraising through GlobalGiving to help those affected by the fire.
How to Donate to Help Animals
Other Actions You Can Take
- Adopt a pet. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control is asking people to go to their nearest animal care center and adopt during this emergency. They note that their Agoura Animal Care Center was evacuated Friday morning, but their other centers remain open.
- Apply to volunteer with the Humane Society of Ventura County, though they are currently only accepting trained volunteers to help with evacuated animals.
- Apply to become a Red Cross volunteer.
St. Monica Community Response
- We continue to welcome those needing an assembly point and temporary refuge site whilst they make further plans. We can offer water, snacks and sandwiches, charging stations and fellowship.
- At present, the parish is in communication with officials from the City of Santa Monica, the local American Red Cross and Catholic Charities—the situation has not escalated to a point where our facilities are needed to provide overnight shelter.
- We are collecting contact information for parishioners and neighbours with available shelter. You can email details to be added to this list:
- At present, donations designated to fire relief will be re-directed to appropriate agencies (e.g. American Red Cross, Catholic Charities). You can make that specific donation HERE.