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Valley Fire Relief Benefits & Resources for Lake County


Valley Fire Relief Benefits & Resources for Lake County 

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency: 

Residents of Lake County and Calaveras County in California: if you were affected by the wildfires, you can apply for federal assistance at, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. For TTY call 1-800-462-7585. Help is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages. 

Some of the things we may be able to help you with are repairs to your home, medical expenses, and temporary housing costs. More details at:…/federal-aid-programs-state-california…

Please share this with friends and family who were impacted by the fire.

Editor's note: this post was updated with the specific counties that are eligible for disaster assistance.


Nov 7 ~ Project Hope Valley Fire Fundraiser ~ We'll kick off this fun evening with live music from the Pat Jordan Band at 6, followed by dinner at 7. Ceremonies afterward will honor members of the community; those who fought the fire and the volunteers who brought Project Hope to life. All proceeds will go 100% to Project Hope for the fire survivors, while the bar will donate 20% of proceeds. Project Hope is designed by the LIME Foundation to provide ongoing support and resources to Valley Fire survivors for as long as needed while they rebuild their homes and their lives. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. $25 SOMO Village Event CenterSally Tomatoes , 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park. INFO: 707-696-2247  Event Page: Ticket Page:

Nov 15 ~ Putting Out The Fire Benefit Concert ~ for Valley Fire Victims and Bodega Bay Fire Protection District. Broadway star and television celebrity John O’Hurley will emcee this showcase of music and comedy. Music by national country music stars Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie, Jon Pardi, Craig Morgan, and local rising-star McKenna Faith. Much more music! The show starts at 2 p.m. and will go until after 7 p.m., with several intermissions with food and beverages of all kinds. This major fundraising extravaganza is the amalgamation of a country music fundraiser planned by Bodega Bay residents Ron and Carolyn Kirk and a music and variety show planned by Amaturo Sonoma Media Group's Lawrence Amaturo. All proceeds will benefit our neighbors in Lake County who were affected by the Valley Fire. Info here.   Purchase tickets here. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 


Here's a good Facebook Page with CURRENT information:

Valley Fire Pets Lost and Found

PHOTOS by Tenaya Fleckenstein Photography

Valley Fire Road Break - PHOTO by Tenaya Fleckenstein

Below is a list of organizations collecting funds - benefits, locations for collectings goods, etc. Please feel free to let me know of more - THANK YOU - #ValleyFire



Redwood Credit Union's Fire Relief Fund
In branch: Locate your nearest branch.
By mail: Mail check payable to Redwood Credit Union to:
RCU Lake County Fire Relief c/o Redwood Credit Union, PO Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.
Contributions to the fund may be made securely online via credit card or at any RCU location via cash deposit, direct funds transfer, or checks payable to Lake County Fire Victims Fund.
RCU has also created special loan and financial assistance programs for those who have been directly impacted by the fires. For more information on these programs, please call 1 (800) 479-7928 option 3, 6. 

Checks may be made payable to “The Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund” and mailed to:
Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530
Kelseyville, CA 95451
We are saddened by the terrible fire and losses in the Lake County community, and our thoughts go out to all who have lost so much in the Valley Fire. Please give what you can to help provide relief to victims of the Valley Fire and other 2015 fires that have devastated much of the region. Your generous donation will be used to support rebuilding efforts focused on livelihood, housing, and community needs.

Provident Credit Union’s Fire Relief Fund
100% of the proceeds will be distributed to nonprofit agencies in the Lake County community to assist in the recovery effort. Additionally, Provident will match proceeds up to $5,000More Details
In branch:
Phone: (800) 632-4600, opt. 0
By mail: mail a check payable to Lake County Fire Victims Fund c/o Provident Credit Union to this address:
ATTN: Lake County Fire Victim's Fund
Provident Credit Union
303 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood Shores, CA 94065

Middletown High School help: El Molino High School in Forestville is taking donations for their fellow high school - At least 8 - 10 of the staff at MHS have lost everything and many of the students families there have as well. Their Principal told said his kids could really use gift cards to places like Big 5, Sports Authority, and Dick's Sporting Goods to replace all of the athletic gear they lost. This would go a long way to helping them rebuild their programs as many will struggle to just get the basics, and have nothing left over for a new pair of cleats, volleyballs, soccer equipment, and so on. - Ron Wright, El Molino Booster President
Send donations to: El Molino Boosters, 7050 Covey Rd, Forestville, CA 95436. Make a note that it is for Middletown Mustangs OR Contribute online here-

Trattoria Cattaneo: “Middle Town High School football players have lost much of their equipment from the fire. Their homecoming is this weekend & the place they hold their team dinner has burned down. Trattoria Cattaneo has agreed to provide pasta dinner with salad, along with Franco American Bakery who will provide bread for the 2 teams. We will also be making a cash donation to the team, to help replace damaged equipment. If anyone would like to participate in a cash donation, you can drop it off with us. They will pick up the food and all donations (monetary only) at 3:30 pm on Friday, September 18th.” 2700 Yulupa Ave., Suite 10, 542-9050.

TOY DRIVE: In the wake of the tragedy of the #ValleyFire, and the fact that those affected include kids (like this club), Sonoma County Youth Football and Cheer program is hosting a Toy Drive during both JV and Varsity home games this Saturday, September 19th at El Molino High School from 11:30am-4pm.We are looking for donations of gently used or new toys, and children’s books and games. Gift cards are also greatly appreciated. The Wildcat Cheerleaders will distribute the donations in uniform, Sunday, September 20th to the moose Lodge evacuation center in Clearlake Oaks to children in need of a few smiles! #707Football#CheerCares

The Salvation Army has deployed multiple canteens (mobile kitchens) to two major wildfire areas in Northern California: the Butte Fire in Calaveras County and the Valley Fire in Lake County and Napa County.  Teams are on the scene to serve meals for first responders and evacuees in both disaster sites. Monetary donations are only needed at this time.  The Salvation Army uses 100% of disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. To give, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Northern California Fires.”  Donations by mail may be designated “Northern California Fires” and sent to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834 In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area.  However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

American Red Cross
Choose "Your Local Red Cross" in the drop down menu
SEND to: 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 

America Red Cross SAFE & WELL site - people checking in for loved ones and letting others know they are OK:

Valley Fire Animal Victims Support GoFundMe page
All money raised will go to animal shelters in the areas affected by the fire

Help SCBBQ Feed Valley Fire VictimsRon and Debbie own Sonoma County BBQ and they have jumped into action to directly help victims of the Valley Fire in Lake County.  They have taken their one large BBQ rig to the evacuation center at the Napa Couty Fairgrounds in Calistoga and have been cooking free, hot BBQ meals for the victims of the fire since Sunday the 13th. Ron estimates that he is serving approximately 1000-1200 meals per day to evacuees of the devastating blaze. The purpose of this fundraiser is to generate some cash donations AS FAST as we can to help cover the increasing costs of this great volunteer effort.



The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC): 

Lake County Scanner News Fire/EMS/Police: LOST OR MISSING LOVED ONES? This Post thread will be dedicated to the posting of Info on missing loved ones. Or if you are "OK" please post here to let your family know. Feel Free to Repost!

LOVE Lake County Fire Relief: This site has is a list of Donation Centers (nonprofits, businesses and individuals) who are dedicated to helping the Lake County fire relief effort. They need all our help and support, in the form of donations, volunteer work, or direct cash funding. As always, we recommend being vigilant when evaluating an organization to give to. This is a volunteer compiled list and not all opportunties have been verified. 

Lake County Fires Donation Drop Off- PETALUMA:

Help Lake County Facebook Page:

Friends of Cobb Mountain:

U-Haul Company of Northwest California has chosen to offer 30 days free use of U-Box containers to area residents affected by the outbreak of wildfires.

Redwood Empire Food Bank - Streamlining Support for Those Impacted by Valley Fire – As the devastating Valley Fire continues to burn in Lake County, individuals across our region are joining together to help provide for their neighbors. The Red Cross of California Northwest, one of the primary response groups, has designated the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) as the donation recipient of non-perishable food items. In an effort to streamline responses, the REFB will collect all food donations, serving as the clearinghouse for organizations and agencies that are on the ground serving individuals displaced by the fire. Food and financial support are the two critical items needed to help the people affected by the disaster and can be made directly at the REFB’s facility, 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA. To make a financial donations please visit Additionally, the REFB will see an increased demand for volunteers to help sort donated food and prepare food for distribution. To volunteer, you can sign up online at or by contacting Helen Myers at 707-523-7900. To learn more about the REFB’s response to the Valley Fire or to make a donation, please call Hillary Jarcik, Development Officer, at 707-523-7900 ext. 133.


Middletown Animal Hospital has rescued Pets  that need to find their owners

Lost & Found for Lake County Pets:

Valley Fire Lost & Found Animals -

PET Lost and Found for Lake County Fires:

Lake County FOUND Animals Board:

Valley Fire Animals:
The place to find and report missing animals for the Valley Fire in Lake County, CA

Lake County Fire Evacuation-Pet Housing Resources:

Escorts into evacuation areas to take care of livestock and pets Sheriff’s Deputies will start to escort residents to their homes, in order to take care of or pick up livestock and pets that were left during the initial evacuation.  Residents must be able to provide identification, in order to be allowed into the evacuation area. These escorts will begin at 10:00 am and end promptly at 5:00 pm. The Sheriff’s Office will work to get as many residents to their animals during this time frame. If residents who request an escort cannot be assisted due to the number of escorts requested, the Sheriff’s Office will work to schedule additional escorts in coming days. INFO:

Sonoma County Humane Society and other area rescues are helping lake county animal rescues and shelter. They are in dire need of supplies: Crates, food and water dishes/bowls, bedding, towels, food, water, chews like bully sticks (combat stress for dogs), collars, leashes, flea and tick products, bandages, wraps, fly wipe, fly guards for horses, etc. there are several places in Lake County who are helping animals.

Wine Country Animal Lovers

Lake County Animal Care & Control:

Petaluma Animal Services: Army of Kindness

Sonoma Pets Alive - #ValleyFirePets

Frizelle Enos Feeds, (Sonoma County) Penngrove (707-992-0144) or Sebastopol (707-823-6404) has set up a donation account for SAFER (Sonoma Action for Equine Rescue) to buy what is needed, Frizelle Enos has delivery trucks waiting to haul the feeds to Lake County and evac centers. We are about 45 minutes south of the devastated town of Middletown -- lots of livestock and horses up there. Animal evac center set up at Napa Fairgrounds, Petaluma Animal Services helping with small animals. Thanks Horse Peeps!!


Andy's Market in Sebastopol is taking donations of food and dry goods. 8am to 8pm 1691 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-8661
Valley Fire Donations through Andy's Produce Market for larger items people wish to donate -

Middletown High School help: El Molino High School in Forestville is taking donations for their fellow high school - At least 8 - 10 of the staff at MHS have lost everything and many of the students families there have as well. Their Principal told said his kids could really use gift cards to places like Big 5, Sports Authority, and Dick's Sporting Goods to replace all of the athletic gear they lost. This would go a long way to helping them rebuild their programs as many will struggle to just get the basics, and have nothing left over for a new pair of cleats, volleyballs, soccer equipment, and so on. - Ron Wright, El Molino Booster President -

Send donations to: 
El Molino Boosters
7050 Covey Rd
Forestville, CA 95436
Make a note that it is for Middletown Mustangs

St Andrews Church in Monte Rio - will be receiving donations all day today, tomorrow, and Wednesday 20329 CA-116, Monte Rio - (707) 865-0834 -

What's needed in highest demand:
Air Mattresses and cots
Phone Chargers
Dry and Canned Pet Food
(Dog, Cat, Kitten)
Animal crates and carriers small and large
Dog Bowls (Any bowls for food and water)
Can Openers
Other pet supplies 
(litter, bedding, leashes, collars)
Baby Strollers
Baby Carries
Personal Protection Equipment
(Masks, latex gloves, etc.)
Duct Tape

Other items:

Non-perishable food items (that don't need to be cooked)
Can Openers
Camp stoves
Personal hygiene products
(toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap, etc)
Diapers in all sizes
Baby Food
New Socks
New Underwear
Toilet Paper
Feminine Hygene Products
Bandaids, Antibacterial Ointment, Etc.
Duffle Bags
Children's books
Coloring Books
Coloring supplies

Help transporting donations to evacuation centers would be greatly appreciated by anyone able and willing.

Here's a VERY HELPFUL Summation of how to help in many ways by Nancy Hellesen Sandborn

I notice that officials have asked that we not bring donations except tents to the Calistoga shelter. From experience helping during two 100 year floods in Sonoma County, let me make a few observations.

Money is always the best donation - it can be used where needed by those in authority closest to the disaster who know the immediate needs.

For people who have lost their homes, they are not going back after an "all clear". They need money for rent to get into new housing. Rentals are almost impossible in Sonoma County right now and will become that way in Lake County after this fire.

Lots of people are willing to donate clothes. 
Few people are willing or have the time to sort and set up selection sites for refugees to get clothes in a manner that doesn't feel like they are digging through a pile.

(I volunteered at a collection point for donations during a major flood. We had a space the size of Home Depot. It had several "mountains" of clothing 10 feet tall. One had to climb over the piles to pull clothes out. There were few people organizing it and it was apparent they had given up trying. When I started coming across bathing suits for Jan. evacuees, that's when I realized people started using the flood donation as "house cleaning/clearing" for themselves. Summer clothing, bathing suits, and yes, DIRTY diapers all showed up.)

All this to say - make appropriate to the season and environment clothing donations.

What is needed now - 

shelter/tents, sleeping bags/bedding - think "camping" 

Food - in the shelter provided by hosts (again, monetary donations) ,but individually packaged snack foods, juices and waters

Money to get into housing, trailers, travel to family

Gas cards

Children's books, games, toys to occupy kids while parents are meeting with FEMA, Red Cross, etc.

Childcare - must be careful here, need to be screened

Personal size toiletries - while in the shelter, they cannot store large bottles. Include a box of bandages and some antibacterial cream. Some bandaids come with the antibacterial already on the pad.

Plastic lidded tubs for storing belongings under cots. Small ones filled with personal toiletries are great, also.

Clothing - must not be your worn-out or almost worn out clothes and shoes. Must be clean. Best to box or bag according to gender and size. LABEL the boxes and bags so one can see at a glance "Boys, size 3". If you're up to making bags with complete outfits including underwear that can be grabbed and used to dress a person immediately, label that well, too.

Underwear should be new or nearly new quality. (underpants, bras, socks)

One could package clothing of a specific gender and size, along with a personal toiletries bag/container in a lidded tub or rolling suitcase. These people will be moving eventually. Make it easy on them.

They have asked that we stop bringing donations, except for tents. What I have suggested can be assembled and at the ready for when they call on the community again to help.

Meanwhile - money donations to the agencies helping the disaster victims is still and will always, be collected.

Volunteering to help on food lines, sorting, etc. will depend on your connections and certifications. You may not be able to just walk up and volunteer at a shelter if you haven't had their emergency raining. But, perhaps your church, or club or neighborhood is gathering and organizing donations to be sent on. You can get involved that way.

Remember that after the initial shock and horror has passed, people will be needing help for a while. While their physical needs be met, they need empathy, sympathy and people to talk to, shoulders to cry on. Their lives have been turned upside down - in the matter of just a few hours. They are trauma survivors and will experience PTSD.


EVACUEES and HOMEOWNERS IMPORTANT INSURANCE INFO: With most preferred market insurance policies, food and living expenses should be covered since you were under a mandatory evacuation, even if your home DID NOT burn down. Call your carrier now and start the claim, especially if your home DID burn down. Preferred market carriers will advance you money for food, lodging and clothing. KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS!!
In fact use your smart phone to photograph your receipts as you get them!
Lastly, whether I am your insurance agent or not, please feel free to call or email me if I can help answer any questions.
Stay safe!
Dave Garzoli Insurance Agent
Mark Davis Insurance Agency Lakeport.

Coordinating donation distribution (Independent local volunteers collecting supplies to bring to distribution centers and staging areas) (This is the place to volunteer to deliver)

Coordinating of other services (Debris removal, air quality info, and many other things you might not consider right away)

Lake County Office of Emergency Services (Announcements regarding status and orders of emergency personnel)

Volunteer Opportunities (They say you will be notified and triaged according to your skill set and resources and they are updating the website now) (Frankly looking at their website, if you want to volunteer, show up an ANY distribution center to help sort supplies)

A Volunteer Scanner that Knows People and is reporting on events as the happen