Oct 17

From Ashes to New Beginnings

Words cannot convey the appreciation we feel towards our first responders. Our hearts break for our local responders who lost their homes while fighting to protect others. Several days into the firestorms, our hope was restored as firefighters from across our nation, Canada, and Australia sent reinforcements. We ask you to forgive those lost souls who are directing their misplaced anger at you during this traumatic time. We all process grief differently.  Thank you for serving our community.

As evacuation orders are lifted, many of us are preparing to re-enter our neighborhoods to assess whether we have a home, and if so, begin the process of clean-up.

For those who have suffered loss from the fires please use the resources available to you. The Local Assistance Center (LAC) is in downtown Santa Rosa (Press Democrat building at 427 Mendocino Ave) with the hours of 10am-5pm. They can help you begin again. County Mental Health Services will have emotional support services available.

Those re-entering neighborhoods please heed the warnings. Hazardous conditions and chemicals can still harm you please wear protective clothing, closed toe-shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Re-Entry kits with safety instructions and debris disposal information is being provided to residents at re-entry points. Safety Tips from PG&E

Rebuilding our community will not be fast or easy. That has never stopped us before. We are all in this together.

How to help

Time Donations

Volunteers will still be needed for several weeks, please consider donating your time.

Red Cross (register online)

Redwood Empire Food Bank (call 707-523-7900)

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Monetary Donations

Please consider supporting one of the many local resources to aid victims of the wildfires.

Redwood Credit Union fund for fire victims “2017 North Bay Fire Relief” in partnership with Senator Mike McGuire and The Press Democrat. Or mail your donation to PO Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. Make checks payable to RCU Community Fund with memo 2017 North Bay Fire Relief.

The Salvation Army

United Way Wine Country

Go Fund a Hero – For Firefighters who have lost their homes

North Bay & Napa/Solano Labor Council Disaster Relief Fund

Latino Community Fund Northern California Wildfire Relief

Sonoma County Humane Society

Volunteers of America Santa Rosa Fire Relief

Sonoma County Resiliency Fund

Sonoma Valley Fire Support