Volunteering and Donating

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Last updated: 1/21/2020 3:57 PM

Ways You Can Help in an Emergency

There is a potential for fraud during disasters, donors should ask questions to organizations they are considering donating their time or money to. It is important to work with known and reputable groups as it is not uncommon for scams to emerge during emergency situations.

For a list of regional relief efforts call 2-1-1.


People interested in volunteering should work with established relief organizations already involved in the response. Please do not self-deploy for your safety and the safety of first responders.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, register with the:

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

You may register in the volunteer portal to align your skills, interests and availability.


The best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation, which can be used for immediate needs. Donate to established relief organizations already engaged in the response as they best situated to understand the needs of disaster victims. Contributing unsolicited items can overwhelm relief efforts.

  • The Red Cross reminds donors that collecting and sending food, clothing and household items is not needed at this time. The best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation, which they can use for what they need Go to redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The United Way of Wine Country has opened the Kincade Fire Emergency Relief and Recovery Funs to help in the relief and recovery efforts post-fire. To make a gift, visit their website.
  • Corazón Healdsburg is assisting with community-based recovery efforts for those impacted by the Kincade Fire. Donate to support clients and their families in need of assistance due to the devastating Kincade fire here: https://www.corazonhealdsburg.org/. 100% of all donations will immediately be directed to supporting these families.