Thank you to all who participated in the Gift Card Drive, your generosity raised $3,332.02 to help fire victims.
Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent wildfires in Northern California. Staff from the Belmont Fire Fighters Association, and the Belmont Police Officers Association have been actively involved in supporting the region.
People that have been impacted by the Northern California fires are still in need, and recovery can last months.
The City of Belmont, the Belmont Fire Fighters Association, and the Belmont Police Officers Association conducted a Gift Card Drive to help the victims of the recent North Bay fires. Over $3,300.00 in gift cards were collected at City Hall which were dropped off by residents on the peninsula as well as outside San Mateo County including Campbell, Gilroy, Pleasanton, Los Altos and San Jose. Cards collected during the donation drive ranged from gasoline, retail, pets, grocery, bank cards, hardware supply, and even restaurants (for that oh-so-needed reprieve).
On Friday, November 10th, City of Belmont staff delivered the cards to two United Way locations. The United Way- Wine Country located in Santa Rosa, covers the Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, and the United Way-Bay Area located in San Francisco covers Napa County.
How you can help the Victims of the North Bay Fires
Here are just some other resources for volunteering and donations:
People interested in volunteering or donating as-needed can sign up with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has a sign-in sheet here for Sonoma County, you may also call them at 707-573-3399
The Sonoma County Office of Emergency Services
Interested volunteers may also contact the County Office of Emergency Services at 707-565-3856.
The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
To volunteer, you can register on their website at https://cvnl.org.
Redwood Credit Union-Northbay Fire Relief
The Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune have partnered with Redwood Credit Union, Sen. Mike McGuire and business leaders to raise funds to directly help fire victims. Every dollar will go directly to victims. Donate at www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief.
GoFundMe NorCal Fire Relief
GoFundMe has created a California Fire Relief Page. A variety of campaigns are listed.
United Ways' Northern California Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund
United Way of Wine Country and United Way Bay Area are providing immediate and long-term assistance to affected North Bay residents. 100% of your gift will go directly to relief and recovery efforts. United Way Bay Area is absorbing all administrative costs for handling and processing donations. https://uwba.org/wildfires-relief
You can donate to food pantries, please check their website for an updated list of needs.
Food pantries of Napa County
The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership is keeping an updated list of needs for fire victims.