Many people have died and thousands of structures have been destroyed by the Camp Fire that tore through Butte County.
Images of the devastation from the Camp Fire have been seen by millions worldwide, prompting many to ask what they can do to help. You can donate money to organizations whose resources are already being put to use, donate items, or volunteer.
Donate cash to these organizations
- The American Red Cross: Visit the Red Cross’ special donation page or call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army: A special page, SalArmyCampFire.org, has been created to accept donations. People can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and specify “Camp Fire” for designated funds.
- United Way of Northern California: A fund to provide emergency help to fire victims has been set up. Visit the fundraising web page or text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 to donate.
- Firefighters Charitable Foundation: The foundation accepts donations to help fire and disaster victims, support volunteer fire stations and help children in need.
- Northern California Fire Relief Fund: 100% of all donations to this fund go to the organizations and agencies on the ground who are helping those affected by the fires.
- Air BNB: Air BNB is helping connect victims and people willing to open their homes to victims for free. Hosts can take in victims through the Open Homes Program to provide free housing.
- Caring Choices Chico: 100% of your donation will be used to directly offer aid to those in need. Donors can indicate if they are making a contribution or a donation to a specific person, area or need.
- Northern Valley Community Foundation: This fund will provide financial resources to organizations and agencies responding to those affected by the fires in Northern California.
- Donated items should be dropped off at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium, 1200 Myers St. Needed items include warm clothes, shoes, paper products (toilet paper, forks, spoons, paper plates, paper towels), and women’s undergarments.
- People affected by the Camp fire can pick up supplies at The Hope Center, 1950 Kitrick Ave. A, Oroville.
- Rocklin Police Officers’ Association is collecting new items for fire victims at 4080 Rocklin Road. Monetary donations can be made to their PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Law enforcement and firefighters are currently in need of water and portable snacks.
- NorCal Boy Scout Shop in Chico: They’re accepting water, non-perishable food items, pet food, new, unopened toys, and clean, unused blankets. Address: 3881 Benatar Way Ste. D, Chico.
- The UC Davis Fire Department is collecting new and lightly used items that can help to meet the most critical needs of people and animals, some of whom have lost everything. A list of supplies needed can be found on their website. The agency is accepting donations until 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Donations can be dropped off at the fire station.
- The Davis Police Officers Association, in cooperation with the Davis Joint Unified School District and Butte County Office of Education, are starting a drive to collect items that fire victims currently can’t get access to. Items can be dropped off at the Davis Police Station.
- Supplies needed include:
- New children’s clothes, girls and boys ages 1-7; New towels
- New socks; New clothing for senior citizens
- Basic toiletries; Gift cards for Target, Walmart or CVS
Donate your time and talents
The State of California has set up a volunteer website for the wildfires.
An Emergency Volunteer Center is open at Caring Choices. People interested in volunteering can go to their website to sign up.
You can also volunteer with the American Red Cross by signing up at their website.
Organizations urge you to sign up now as there will be volunteer opportunities for the next few months as the area recovers from the fire.
Related: You can find out how to help victims of the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California, here.