Thomas Fire, Southern California

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Relief Efforts for Firestorm, Hurricane, and Earthquake Victims

Below are just a few organizations that Barnes & Conti staff and friends like and support that are involved in the relief efforts.

American Red Cross


Currently, many volunteers and staff are setting shelters and providing meals for those displaced by the floods of Hurricane Harvey. They are also working to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people who have been affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Also, the Mexican Red Cross has multiple teams assisting in search and rescue operations following the earthquake in Mexico.

Direct Relief


Direct Relief has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. So far, they have made over 60 shipments of emergency medical supplies to Hurricane Harvey flood victims. The are currently involved in the medical relief effort for Hurricane Irma, and are preparing to respond to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Direct Relief is also providing medical supplies and relief in Mexico City.

Global Giving

Global Giving is an organization that vets local charities and relief organizations, distributing donations to the organizations that need them most and use them best. Global Giving also has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Southern California Firestorms: Local Organizations

In addition to the American Red Cross, a few local organizations in Ventura County are providing relief.

Ventura County Community Foundation

The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up two funds. According to their website, to support the immediate needs of those impacted by the fire, direct your contributions to the SUN Fund. To support the mid- to long-term needs of those impacted by the fire, direct your contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund.

Humane Society of Ventura County

Since the Thomas Fire broke out in early December, the Human Society of Ventura County has been operating almost at capacity from not only dogs, cats, and horses but also alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens that have been rescued from the firestorm.

Sonoma and Napa County Firestorm: Local Organizations

Sonoma and Napa County are very much in Barnes & Conti's home turf, so you'll forgive us if we move this disaster to the top of the list. Of the organizations listed above, a reliable source says that the American Red Cross is on the ground and providing relief. You can follow the link above and select "California Wildfires" from the pull down menu under "I want to support" in order to donate.

Napa Valley Community Fund

The Napa Valley Community Fund has set up a donations page to provide relief for those affected by the fire.

Local Fundraisers

Sonoma Magazine is maintaining a list of Bay Area fundraisers scheduled to help those affected by the wildfires. If you live in the Bay Area, you might consult the list and attend one or more.

Hurricane Harvey: Local Organizations

Houston Foodbank


The Houston Foodbank is currently providing food and supplies in the short term and will be continue aiding residents in southeast Texas who will be struggling to rebuild their lives for many months to come.

Houston SPCA


We all love animals, and the Houston SPCA is coordinating efforts to rescue animals abandoned and endangered by the flooding.

Hurricane Irma: Local Organizations

Feeding Florida


Feeding Florida is Florida's network of food banks. They are currently providing food and water to individuals and families affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Miami Foundation

The Miami Foundation has a web page (link above) with a comprehensive list of organizations providing relief to those hit by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Mexico Earthquake: Local Focus

Topos Mexico

Topos Mexico is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers. They post on Twitter (mostly in Spanish). Their website appears to be down due to the earthquake. They are accepting donations via Paypal: donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.or

Hurricane Maria: Local Focus



According to the New York Times: "While its main focus is on promoting innovation by connecting Puerto Ricans abroad to those on the island, this local nonprofit has also started a fund to help victims of Hurricanes Maria and Irma."

Hurricane Maria Relief for Puerto Rico: Los Ambulantes

This page was recommended by a friend of our webmaster's who lived for many years in Puerto Rico. It has much information on how you can help to rebuild Puerto Rico, which was devastated by the hurricane.


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