The wildfires in San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties displaced hundreds of thousands of people this week. Thousands of homes have been lost. Many have asked us: what can we do to help?
The California Democratic Party, the San Diego Democratic Party and Democrats Work are working together to help Californians devastated by the fires, and we ask you to join us. Here are some ways you can make a difference today and in the hard weeks and months to come. Please share this with your family and friends:
Give Food and Household Goods
The San Diego Democratic Party is collecting food and household goods for families in San Diego. They need regular-size items in demand, including canned meat, fruits, vegetables, and juices as well as cleaning supplies, diapers, detergent, and personal hygiene products. You can also send a gift card for a local food chain (Ralphs, Vons or Albertsons).
Items can be delivered or mailed to:
San Diego Democrats
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 108
San Diego, California 92111
To make arrangements after-hours or in other locations around the county, email [email protected] or call (858) 277-3367.
Give through the “Virtual Food Bank” – Donate Other Goods or Money to the San Diego Food Bank
The San Diego Democratic Party has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank, which works with a network of more than 260 agencies throughout the San Diego area, to get food to those who need it. The Food Bank has a virtual market where you can shop for goods needed in the area or make a make a direct money contribution. Click here to make a contribution of food or money.
Roll Up Your Sleeves and Help to Rebuild
While there are many things we can do right now to help, there will also be a need in the coming weeks and months for assistance with the rebuilding efforts in the affected communities. Sign-up now to be a volunteer on the ground. We will keep you posted on opportunities to help the rebuilding efforts. We must help these communities not only while the fires are burning, but, more importantly, with the rebuilding that will go on for many months and even years.
Stay Informed and Share Stories
The blog Calitics is doing an excellent job of updating news and posting stories from people on the frontlines. Feel connected to some of the people affected by this disaster and find out how they are coping and what else you can do to help.
A disaster of this magnitude always brings out the best in people – the strength of families who have lost their homes, the bravery of firefighters and emergency responders who risk their lives, and the generosity of those who want to help our neighbors. Let’s be there for the people of San Diego and Southern California when the fires stop burning and the television cameras are gone, helping them to rebuild and move forward.
For Democrats, community has always come first. Thank you for your willingness to help.
Thomas Bates is the Executive Director and a co-Founder of Democrats Work. He has been active in a number of political organizations and campaigns, beginning in 1992 when he volunteered after high school basketball practice at the Clinton-Gore National Campaign Headquarters in Arkansas. The mission of Democrats Work is to mobilize grassroots Democrats to perform community service projects. In the long term, DW aims to transform our nation’s politics: instead of money, we offer work; instead of message, we offer action. In the end, DW envisions a new type of politics: a politics of service.