Apply to Join

California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
California Wildfire Relief Fund 2018
Mar 4, 2020

Communities commit to rebuild stronger after California's worst wildfires

Photo from MICOP
Photo from MICOP

Though California has already experienced another bout of fires since the 2018 blazes devastated the town of Paradise and areas of Southern California, thank you for not forgetting about the families that are still fighting to regain their livelihoods and rebuild their communities. 

Here are some of the ways our partners are continuing to help their neighbors in need as thousands of families are still waiting to receive compensation and support for lost homes and damaged property: 

  • Warmth in the cold winter months: It gets cold in areas of Northern California, especially in higher altitudes like Paradise where families are still living in substandard housing. Thanks to your support and the efforts by the Throwing Starfish Foundation team, approximately 200 families have experienced some reprieve from the cold after receiving winter weather kits containing coats, socks, hot hands, and sleeping bags.
  • Employment for adults with developmental disabilities: California Vocations’ mission is to provide residential and vocational support to developmentally disabled adults. During the Paradise fire, the organization lost most of its client homes and vehicles. The organization has been using insurance payments to purchase residential buildings, but with the rise in real estate prices after the fire, clients have to be spread across a very large area. Thanks to your donation, California Vocations has been able to replace two vehicles, which will provide its clients with reliable and accessible transportation. This will help individuals experience a stable work environment and regain some normalcy as they transition into a new community and environment, as well as improve their long-term health and quality of life.
  • Mental health services: Many communities in California are suffering from repeat trauma from recurring wildfires, mudslides, and a mass shooting. One GlobalGiving partner, Give an Hour, is creating an Emotional Wellness Collaborative, comprising organizations and agencies that will provide emotional wellness and mental health support to adults and children.
  • Disaster-preparedness for indigenous communities:  With destructive fires becoming increasingly common in California, community preparedness is more important than ever. Indigenous communities are often overlooked during disasters, especially because of language barriers and their remote location. As a result, they are not made aware of safety and evacuation information as fires unfold, nor are they able to reliably access relief services. Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) is building on its expertise and experience serving these communities during previous wildfires and proactively developing its organizational readiness to support indigenous communities.  Specifically, MICOP is supporting indigenous immigrants and farmworkers in rural areas of Southern California through language appropriate advocacy and preparedness campaigns.

It’s incredibly challenging to know that while rebuilding initiatives are ongoing, more fires will likely affect these areas again. Thank you for your commitment to strengthening disaster readiness and community preparedness. We will continue to keep you updated about our partner’s outstanding efforts and your role in building stronger communities.

With gratitude,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo from Throwing Starfish
Photo from Throwing Starfish
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information


Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GlobalGiving
Questions about this project? Contact us
$1,353,771 raised of $1,500,000 goal
4,520 donations
$146,229 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser
GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network

When a disaster happens, we can quickly send funds to the local organizations that are best-suited to drive relief and recovery.

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.