Northern California wildfires: How to help


Kathy Fang

Smoke from the ongoing fires in the North Bay color the Friday morning skies above the upper school burnt orange. Students, parents and faculty are invited to bring all donations Friday afternoon to either the lower, middle, or upper school campuses for Harker’s “Stuff the Bus” drive.

Various organizations nationwide have begun recovery efforts for the fires that started in Northern California last Monday.

Harker will be hosting a “Stuff the Bus” drive for canned goods, nonperishable food, clothing and gift cards, all of which will be delivered to the Finley Community Center and Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa to help relief efforts. Students, parents and faculty are invited to bring all donations Friday afternoon to either the lower, middle, or upper school campuses. Drop-offs for donations will be held at the lower school from 6 to 8 p.m and at the middle school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For the upper school, drop-offs will be held on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. near the Singh Aquatics Center and on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m near Manzanita.

In addition to the Stuff the Bus drive, here are some other ways to contribute:


Sports Basement stores are collecting donations for shelters in need. People can bring in donations and buy donation items.

Petaluma officials posted inquires on social media for locals to donate baby food, pet food, water, blankets and toilet paper to evacuation centers. The city of Santa Rosa encouraged people to donate to the United Way of Wine County’s Relief Fund.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea announced that customers can make cash or digital donations for its North Bay Fire Relief Campaign through Sunday at any of its stores around the country.

San Francisco clothing shop Love on Haight posted on Facebook that it was accepting clothing donations. The store has also stationed a donation table outside for people to drop off clothing donations.

GoFundMe, in partnership with Direct Impact Fund, has created a central California fire relief page with various individual campaigns.

People can donate to food pantries in the affected Napa, Yuba and Sonoma Counties.


California residents have created a public Google Doc listing volunteers willing to provide housing options for fire victims.

Airbnb has started an open homes program allowing people to host victims of the fire free of charge. SHARE Sonoma County is also arranging people who are in need of a home.


The American Red Cross released a statement on Monday afternoon saying that it no longer needs extra volunteers but encouraged people to sign up online in case volunteers will be needed in the future.

A website from the government of California has listed ways to help, ranging from financial contributions to volunteer positions.