Our wine community is fighting multiple challenges yet again, affected by the Glass Fire shortly after LNU fires were contained in an already difficult year. However, there are some ways you could make a difference while connecting with the community.
How? Here is a short list of resources for you to check out.
Offer a helping hand: Volunteer!
You can volunteer both in-person or even from home by preparing and delivering food, helping at animal rescue shelters, promote social media, translate, etc. For area-specific volunteer opportunities, visit:
Napa area: Napa Disaster Relief Volunteering
Sonoma area:Sonoma Disaster Relief Volunteering
Volunteer from Home: help translate, promote social media, or even bake for foster kids all from your home!
**Remember to keep checking for more, as these lists are continually updated.
Wildfire-specific volunteering: Visit California Volunteers’ special wildfire page
The American Red Cross needs volunteers and accepts donations for wildfire relief not just in California but other states.
Help prepare and deliver fresh, healthy food in Sonoma for those living in poverty, alone without support or chronic disease patients through The Ceres Project
You could donate to different relief funds set up for specific causes.
California Wildfire Relief
Providing emergency supplies including medicine, food, water for firefighters, low income families and animals affected by current fires.
The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund
Offering gifts in forms of temporary shelter, meals, counselling services, other assistance, and even gift cards to evacuees and emergency relief services to those affected by the fire.
Wine Country Fire Relief Fundraiser
A Gofundme campaign to cover a variety of items, including food, supplies, shelter, COVID testing at shelters to ensure safety for evacuees, and gift cards so families or individuals can tailor to their specific needs.
Check out the Latino Community Foundation, an umbrella organization that works with Latino-founded / Latino-led organizations, with over 500 members and 22 Giving Circles. They recently set up a special NorCal relief fund for Latino-led organizations supporting families displaced by the current wildfires across all the state of California.
Help plant a tree with just a dollar at One Tree Planted, or even become an Ambassador to help global reforestation.
And of course, drink Napa and Sonoma wines!
These are just some ideas to get started. While this is sadly very unlikely the last time our community needs your help, every single effort can make a difference. Let’s join hands and help where we can.