If you want to help/give to the communities devastated by the Northern California fires, here are the most important places to give right now (and they are legitimate). This page will update every few days.
As of 10/10/17:
Listen here (includes my stories of inspiration):
Or you can listen on YouTube (includes my stories of inspiration):[https://youtu.be/dkO1X2KCKWw]
Or keep reading below (does not include my stories of inspiration):
Food bank: The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is feeding the 1000s of evacuees that are in shelters all over Sonoma County and they need cash donations ASAP (and they are legitimate). Go here [http://refb.org]. (There are other ways to help if you live close by, listed on their site.)
Animal shelter: The Sonoma Humane Society is rescuing, sheltering, fostering, and giving medical aid to animals lost and or injured in these terrible fires. They need cash donations ASAP to help pay for the medical needs of all the injured animals (dogs, cats, livestock, horses, chickens). Go here [http://sonomahumane.org].
If you live in Northern California and you want to help, please use this Google doc [https://docs.google.com/document/d/14ZhXDNaL260p5OempaFbCrsYBe_5pvNvDqV7xcwn95s/mobilebasic], it is the go-to place for what's needed and what's offered regarding the devastating fires in Northern California; and it is updated hourly, so refresh the page each time you visit.
UPDATE 10/16/17: After reading many negative comments and complaints from prominent volunteers and residents in my community, and after further research, I do not recommend giving monetary donations to the American Red Cross, locally or nationally. I will do a podcast episode explaining how I came to this conclusion.
UPDATE 10/13/17: "The Red Cross has had over 5,000 people put in to be volunteers in the last two days as of yesterday 10/12/17. So right now, they aren’t in need of more help. But! They want people to check back in within a few days because this is going to take a long time to rebuild our communities."
The Red Cross: The Red Cross is/was in desperate need of volunteers who can take their one-day training course in Rohnert Park, and then sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer.
"HOW TO VOLUNTEER Trained Red Cross volunteers are currently staffing shelters and supporting residents. As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation. Those interested in volunteering to support Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino wildfire relief efforts, can sign up at http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017 ."
Lastly, please share any or all of the above information on social media (notice I included links)!