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United Way Bay Area

The goal of the United Ways' Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund is to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to North Bay residents affected by the wildfires that have spread throughout the region.

Working together, United Way of the Wine Country and United Way Bay Area will assist the residents and community agencies in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino counties.

100% of your gift will go directly to relief and recovery efforts. United Way Bay Area will absorb all administrative costs for handling and processing donations.

Relief efforts include providing basic needs services to individuals and assisting the non-profit agencies that serve the most vulnerable residents in our communities. Long-term recovery support may include food and rent assistance to help people who have lost employment, case management services, and mental health counseling.

Please help us support our neighbors affected by the devastating wildfires. Direct your additional gift to the relief efforts to the United Ways’ Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund by entering “wildfires” in the comments section.

United Ways are trusted organizations with a long track record of raising funds and making grants to support our communities. Our long-standing relationships with non-profit community organizations, business leaders, foundations, and elected officials allow us to provide timely resources where they are most needed in this disaster relief and long-term recovery effort.

Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What counties will be covered by United Ways’ Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund?
United Way of the Wine Country - Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino counties; United Way Bay Area - Solano and Napa counties.

How will the funds be distributed?
The two United Ways will share resources based on our mutual assessment of local needs and the opportunity to fill gaps in services and leverage other philanthropic resources. We will make decisions on fund distribution with significant insights from our community members and partners.

Can I direct my gift to one county?
Funds raised will be shared between the United Ways based upon mutual assessment of local needs. If you wish to direct your gift to a specific county, please go to our donate page, and add a comment using the following parameters: wildfires-[county name]. (Example: wildfires-napa).

What will funding be used for?
The collected funds will be applied to immediate and long-term recovery assistance for residents and community agencies in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino counties. Relief efforts may include providing basic needs services to individuals and assisting non-profit agencies serving vulnerable populations with new or expanded roles in disaster relief. Long-term recovery support may include food and rent assistance to help people who have lost employment, case management services, and mental health counseling.

Who will decide how funding will be spent?
United Way staff and volunteers will work in collaboration with other funders to coordinate and leverage our donations. We have strong working relationships with philanthropic organizations and government entities that are also responding to the wildfires. We will work with well-respected non-profit agencies that are responding to the immediate needs of residents and are positioned to provide services for long-term recovery such as mental health counseling and case management.

Will there be an administrative charge?
No. 100% of your gift will go directly to relief and recovery efforts. United Way Bay Area will absorb all administrative costs for handling and processing donations.