Disaster Resilience

Ventura County

  • Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to support the immediate and mid- to long-term needs of those impacted by the fire.
  • The SUN Fund (Sudden and Urgent Needs Fund), through the Ventura County Community Foundation, provides relief funds for organizations responding.
  • United Way of Ventura County has set up the Thomas Fire Fund and has formed a strategic partnership with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.
  • Ready Ventura County has relevant funder information. 
  • The Salvation Army Ventura Corps is asking for donations of food and water.
  • The child-focused organization, Baby2Babyhas started a registry so that people can send diapers, formula, blankets and other supplies to those displaced by the wildfires.
  • The local VOAD’s (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) are on the front line of response organizations. VOADs help local responding and support organization connect and collaborate on efforts.
  • Ventura County has set up the Ventura County Recovers website. The website is intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss.


Los Angeles County


Santa Barbara County



  • The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has statewide wildfire recovery efforts and resources information.
    The California Fire Foundation's Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to victims of fire or other natural disaster throughout California.
  • The California Fire Foundation also supplies emergency support to departments and families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and provides educational assistance to the children of fallen firefighters through the California Firefighters Endowment and Daniel A. Terry Scholarship program
  • Donate to the American Red Cross in support of the “California wildfires.”
  • The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is providing direct support to burn victims, survivors, and first responders.
  • Change a Life Foundation has awarded  $50,000 grant for case management needs. 
  • The Actors Fund is providing direct financial assistance to people all across the state affected by fires. The eligibility requirements focus on people who have earned money in their craft(s) for at least five years in any of the main disciplines: radio, TV, film, music, opera, dance or theater.  All for performing arts and entertainment.
  • The Entertainment Industry Foundation created a relief fund to aid firefighters and displaced residents.
  • No Kid Hungry California has resources to help kids affected by the California wildfires
  • The California Bar Foundation also has set up a fund to support legal aid (and related) community organizations serving clients affected by the California fires. 


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