Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a disaster. We in wine country have been battling (or, in my case, fleeing) fires all week. I am safe and well, but my neighbors, friends, and colleagues need your help.
The following organizations assisting fire victims are either personally recommended by me or by friends/colleagues here in wine country. This list is by no means comprehensive. These organizations are primarily asking for money, not goods.
By and large, the list focuses on Sonoma County, as that’s where my resources lie. Feel free to add your own preferred charities (in any affected county) and I will update accordingly. Correct me where needed… It takes a village.
Sonoma Resilience Fund
Sonoma County Recovery
Napa and Sonoma County Fire Relief
Napa Valley Community Foundation
First launched by Napa Valley Vintners after the 2014 earthquake.
Disaster Relief Mendocino
Choose from any GoFundMe here. https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/CAfirerelief
Redwood Empire Food Bank
FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping), food bank
Search for the food pantry of your choice: https://www.foodpantries.org
Here is a centralized Google Doc that so many of us here in wine country have used to help one another this week. Before you collect or ship goods, please check this document and make sure you are addressing a specific, current need.
Latino Community Foundation
Providing health care for immigrant community
Graton Day Labor Center
This organization is setting up a fund to help victims of the fire who are undocumented. Send a check to their offices and mark it “UNDOCU-FUND”
Sonoma Vintners & Growers have set up a program for vintners to help other vintners by offering resources such as tanks, storage space, skilled labor, housing etc. Winery folks, use this form to list your offerings, and they will be shared appropriately and privately:
Buying any Northern California wine will help.
Buying from Cellar Angels will help extra. Proceeds go to support California Wildfire Relief: https://www.cellarangels.com/cha…/california-wildfire-relief