Northern California is home to some of the finest cannabis we all have ever come to know and the last few days have been very devastating to those who live and cultivate in those regions. We’ve heard stories from several cultivators on their losses and the damaging effect this will leave. This is a time that we must band together as a community and do what we can to strengthen our culture and industry and continue to progress and highlight, showcase and document the wonders of cannabis.
In this time of need, here’s how you can help.
California Airbnb hosts can sign up here to offer free housing to evacuees and relief workers.
If you live in or near Sonoma and are willing to volunteer, you can register to do so at the Sonoma Community Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those in or near Napa willing to volunteer are being asked to sign up and create a profile with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.
You could also foster an animal. Hundreds of pets have been evacuated from animal shelters in the affected region, leading to crowded facilities in the safe areas they’ve been evacuated to. Check with your local animal rescue facility ― NBC Bay Area has a great list here ― to see how you can help.
If you’re in the region of the Tubbs Fire (including Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino counties), join the Tubbs Fire Facebook Group, where people are coordinating requests and offers for help.
Donate to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund. The fund is overseen by the Community Foundation of Sonoma County and pledges to “focus on the mid- to long-term tasks of recovery and rebuilding, which will include basic needs as well as longer term economic, health and social supports.”
Donations can also be made to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
Donations for both Lake County and Mendocino County are being coordinated by the Savings Bank of Mendocino County.
Donate to the American Red Cross. You can request via a drop-down menu that your donation go only to California wildfire victims, or donate to the organization’s broader disaster relief efforts.
GoFundMe also has a page set up for fundraising efforts in the region. Donations can be made to specific families, for shelter supplies, fire relief and more.