The City of West Hollywood has activated its West Hollywood Responds program to help facilitate contributions from local residents, businesses, and others to relief efforts for disaster victims.
The City Council of the City of West Hollywood first established West Hollywood Responds in 2005 as a local disaster relief program developed to provide assistance to the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina.
The City encourages community members to take part in donating to organizations that are helping communities respond to devastating fires throughout the State of California, including Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, and the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County.
Here are ways to support relief efforts:
- Red Cross
Support Red Cross relief efforts by donating on its website or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. The Red Cross accepts applications for volunteers on its website, as well. Volunteer work ranges from phone calls, data entry and client registration, to shelter support and supply replenishment.
Donate online at www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/ways-to-donate.html
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles's wildfire relief efforts focus specifically on helping homeless and low-income individuals recover after fires and other natural disasters in the area.
Donate online at www.unitedwayla.org/en/give/disaster-relief-fund
- Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control has opened multiple shelter sites to take in animals displaced by the fires. Donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s Noah’s Legacy Fund to support disaster relief efforts. Donations will be used to fund food, shelter and medical care for dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals sheltered during a disaster.
Donate online at www.lacountyanimals.org/way-to-give/disaster-relief
- Ventura County Community Foundation
The Ventura County Community Foundation has established the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to support the immediate needs of community nonprofit organizations serving those affected by the wildfires.
Community members may also visit Charity Navigator, which objectively reviews charities and has provided a list of organizations responding to the disasters.
For more information, please visit www.charitynavigator.org.