Thursday, November 2, 2017

Resources for Everyone Impacted by Sonoma Fires

Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

As the wildfires that consumed an estimated 30 percent of the Valley raged, triage was all anyone could manage. Emergency responses to various emergency needs sprang from every quarter, seemingly, as locals opened their hearts, homes and wallets. Now, 16 days since the wildfires began, the response goal has turned to one of recovery.

Significant numbers of people are permanently displaced, continuing to need everything from transportation to shelter. Countless others have been adversely impacted in different ways, from work stoppages and slowdowns to contending with freezers full of spoiled food.

Below is a current list of ways to give and get help.

Recovery Entities

-- FEMA Legal Hotline: 415-575-3120

-- FEMA local assistance center at Hannah Boys Center, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (17000 Arnold Drive)

-- FEMA local assistance center at Santa Rosa Press Democrat (427 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa)

PGE’s Recovery Net Program will reimburse individuals (with receipts) who lost food supplies after suffering at least 48 hours without power.

Facebook groups have created dedicated groups to assist victims without housing and other practical needs: “Keep them in Sonoma Valley,” “Keep them in Glen Ellen,” “Sonoma County Strong AKA Wine Country Strong” and “Sonoma Valley Curated Giving.”

Kivelstadt Cellars is hosting a free disaster recover seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. (938-7001, 13750 Arnold Dr.,

Local law enforcement has unscrupulous price-gougers on their radar, and citizens are encouraged to report unfair pricing of food, gas, housing and essentials. (800-952-5225,

The Wildfire Legal Group is offering a free presentation at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Moose Lodge on Broadway. Lawyers will be offering free legal information.

Shelter consolidates rental listings in the area. Landlords and tenants can submit forms online. (

SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced individuals. Hosts needed, as well as volunteers to answer phones. (1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma,

El Pueblo Inn is offering discounted rooms ($129) to evacuees. (996-3651,

Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program and waved service fees; persons with spare rooms can register to become volunteer hosts. (

California State Parks has opened coastal campsites to refugees at Bodega Dunes, Wrights Beach, and Salt Point. (

To help fire victims avoid scammers and facilitate rebuilding, BuildZoom has launched a free post-disaster service to vet contractors and other service providers. They’ve also complied a how-to list of resources for residents. (


The Springs Food Pantry has been relocated to St. Leo’s Church. It will be open two days a week on Tuesdays, (starting Oct. 24) from 5 to 7 pm and Saturdays from Noon to 2 pm. Redwood Food Bank will be distributing “fire boxes” and additional food to people impacted by the fire. The pantry will operate as a drive-through. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted at St. Leo's, storage space provided. Large donations will need to be coordinated with Greg Dipaulo, (609) 744-1877

Epicurean Connection is coordinating a “No Pay CafĂ©” at Sonoma Springs Community Hall, giving nearly 3000 meals away from 12-2 daily. Volunteers needed from 11-3. (18672 Sonoma Highway)

Redwood Empire Food Bank continues to need financial donations and non-perishable foods. (523-7900, 3990 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa,

FISH is distributing groceries. (996-0111, 18330 Sonoma Highway,


Church Mouse is giving clothing and bedding away to fire victims at no cost. (996-5115, 16885 Sonoma Highway; 938-9797, 15 E. Napa St.) The Agua Caliente location seeks volunteers to help sort items.

Bon Marche Thrift Store is giving away clothing to fire victims and accepting donations. (933.9613, 19405 Riverside Dr.,

FISH has donated clothing, beddings and toiletries available at United Methodist Church (996-2151, 109 Patten Street,, FISH has a donation center set up at the Methodist church on Patten St in Sonoma. They will be open this week: Wednesday, 11am-1pm and Thursday, 11am-3pm. Unfortunately they can’t accept donations here as they are out of space.

1345 Imola St., Napa, houses a storefront packed with donated clothing.

United Way is accepting non-perishable donations. (975 Corporate Center Parkway, suite 160, Santa Rosa,

Rotary of Sonoma has collected donated kitchenware for victims, and has “clean-up kits” available as well. (

Dexter Laundry and its local distributor, Western State Design (WSD) are sponsoring a Free Laundry Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, for residents affected by the recent wildfires. In Sonoma, at LAUNDERLAND at 201 West Napa Street. Owner: Diane Natenstedt, phone 394-5805

Financial Support

Redwood Credit Union will deploy 100% of donated funds directly to fire victims. (545-4000, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa 95406, You can apply for an immediate $1,000 to assist with essentials such as rent, food, clothing and other personal necessities. If you live in Sonoma County, click here: ALL administrative costs related to the fund are covered by Redwood Credit Union, so 100 percent of Fund donations are supporting fire survivors.

Stickers and T-shirts imprinted with the slogan “The Love in the Air is Thicker Than the Smoke,” with proceeds benefitting Dunbar Elementary School, has been organized by alum Denise Shadwell Draper. Customized orders okay. (, or (530) 228-4661)

GoFundMe has a list of verified fire relief crowdfunding campaigns.

United Way of the Wine Country is accepting donations. (

The Sonoma County Resilience Fund is accepting donations. (

Salvation Army NorCal Wildfire Fund is accepting donations. (

The Red Cross is accepting donations. (

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County is accepting both volunteers and financial support. (573-3399,

Services for Undocumented People

Graton Day Labor Center has established a fund to support undocumented families. (829-1864, 2981 Bowen St, Graton, 95444

Exchange Bank is accepting cash donations for its Undocufund Fire Relief: PO Box 1100, Sebastopol, Ca. 95473


Halloween costume party/fundraiser with Modern Action performing live at The Reel Fish Shop & Grill, Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m., $10 advance-$15 at the door. (343-0044, 401 Grove Street,

Sonoma Valley Historical Society wants your stories and photos, for The Sonoma Fire Project. (938-1762, 270 First St. West,

Staples is offering free access to services, including printing, faxing, and computer work station time. (935-1466, 977 West Napa St.)

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is free through the rest of the year. (939-7862, 551 Broadway,

Music Nomad is offering to help any local musician who lost their guitar, ukulele, or banjo. Message them on Facebook.

Operation Bicycle is providing free bikes for people who lost theirs in the fire. (Sonoma Teen Services, 939-1452, 17440 Sonoma Highway,

Sonoma Optometry is replacing eye glasses for anyone who lost theirs in the fire. (938-3937, 201 W. Napa,

Salon Novo is still offering complimentary shampoo and blow-dry. (703-9357)

Russian River Brewing Company will donate proceeds of Sonoma Pride beer and 2018 Pliney the Elder to fire victims. (545.2337, 725 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa,

The Boisset Collection is crafting a special limited-edition red wine, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to disaster relief funds. (


Pets Lifeline is distributing goods collected by Rotary to care for pets. (996-4577, 19686 8th St. East,

Support for displaced or needy animals on Facebook: Napa/Santa Rosa Animal Evacuations Info; Solano County Horse/Livestock Fire Evacuation Help Page.

Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center needs volunteers to clean and organize pens. (942 Hartle Ave, Napa,)

Jameson Rescue Ranch is connecting needy animals with foster shelters. (

Broccos Old Barn is accepting donations for displaced animals. (938-2291)

Pet Food Express will bathe your pets at no charge. (935-0777, 500 W. Napa St,

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