Where in Sonoma to get help or make donations to Kincade fire survivors
After days of PG&E-forced power outages and a still-burning Kincade Fire, there are people in need of food and other support. The following is a list of places people can go to get a meal or to restock their refrigerator, today and going forward.
Before heading out to trick-or-treat community members who were affected by the power outage or fire were invited to La Luz, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma, where Ramekins Culinary School and Inn provided a free warm meal – a “Spooky Supper” – for an expected crowd of around 300 people on Halloween.
Basic food items will be available to people who need to restock their refrigerators and pantries following the power outage. From noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, food will be available at El Verano and Flowery schools. El Verano is located at 18606 Riverside Drive in Sonoma, and Flower Elementary is located at 17600 Sonoma Highway, in the Springs. Donations are being accepted at both schools until noon on Friday. Food items needed are: Tuna, bread, crackers, almond butter, peanut butter, jelly, juice, milk, cereal, avocado, tomato, canned soup, tortillas and cheese.
CellarPass, the online reservation booking platform, will donate $1 for every reservation booked through the CellarPass.com and $10 for every 2019 Passport to Sonoma County purchase now through the rest of the year. Donations will go to Sonoma-based Pets Lifeline that is supporting pets and their families affected by the Kincade fire.
The Red Cross
Evacuation shelters and fire relief centers operated by the Red Cross are located throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer. The Red Cross will make contact later and assign volunteers to a site.
Donations are accepted through a variety of options: Redcross.org; call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation; or by mailing a check to American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Make the check to “American Red Cross” with “Kincade fire” in the memo line.
Sonoma Family Meal
Sonoma Media dining editor Heather Irwin founded the nonprofit Sonoma Family Meal, which has served more than 200,000 meals to fire survivors since the 2017 fires. It is now serving Kincade fire victims and evacuees. Trained chefs are needed for cooking and kitchen help are needed for volunteer services such as picking up supplies and cleaning. Go to sonomafamilymeal.org to volunteer or make a donation.
World Central Kitchen
Founded by chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) responds to disasters across the world providing meals to people in need and disaster workers. WCK served 6,000 meals at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Sunday, Oct. 27 through chef Tyler Florence’s Kincade fire team. Volunteers can send a direct message to Florence through Twitter, @TylerFlorence. To volunteer or donate to WCK, visit wck.org.
Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building
The City of Sonoma is on standby to open the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building (126 First St. W., Sonoma) as an overnight evacuation center providing shelter services. No donations are needed at this time, according to City Manager Cathy Capriola.
Community Foundation of Sonoma County
The Community Foundation of Sonoma County has an ongoing Resilience Fund to assist with short- and long-term recovery needs. To donate, go to sonomacf.org.
Latino Community Foundation
In response to the Kincade fire, the Latino Community Foundation reactivated its NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund, which supports nonprofits such as Corazon Healdsburg and Nuestra Comunidad. Those groups provide shelter and support services to Latino immigrants and farmworkers affected by the fire. To donate, go to latinocf.org.
Rebuild NorthBay Foundation
Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) focuses on long-term rebuilding following the 2017 fires and now the Kincade fire. To donate go to rebuildnorthbay.org.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service teams serve meals to fire evacuation centers and first responders. To make a donation toward the Kincade fire go to deloro.salvationarmy.org.
United Way of the Wine Country
United Way of the Wine Country has a Kincade Fire Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund set up for disaster relief. To donate go to unitedwaywinecountry.org.
Following the 2017 fires UndocuFund distributed almost $6 million to undocumented families in Sonoma County that were affected by the fires. The nonprofit is raising money to assist those now affected by the Kincade fire. To donate go to undocufund.org.