California Strong: Donating and Finding Help for Those in Need

43659197_254552585214950_7742957051922761014_nAfter devastating loss over the past week, the community has gathered to support families who lost their homes in the devastating Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire, and those who lost loved ones in the Borderline shooting.

Are you in need of support, or looking for a way to support those in need? See below for the different fundraisers, events, and resources going on in our community.


Woolsey Fire and Borderline Community Thanksgiving: Proactive Sports Performance, along with Stone Fire Grill and Justin’s Private Catering are offering a pre-Thanksgiving meal and take home donations from incredible local businesses for families who lost loved ones in the Borderline Shooting; those who lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire; and our dedicated First Responders.



Ventura County Community Foundation: The foundation has launched a Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to collect donations. Donations can be made at Victims who wish to apply for funds can do so by visiting

World Central Kitchen: They have served over 50,000 meals to victims of the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. But the need is still great — thousands of families and first responders are relying on our Chef Relief Team’s daily delivery of hot, fresh meals. Help them support the people of California by making a donation to their relief efforts. Visit their website for more information.

United Way of Ventura County: In partnership with the United Way of Los Angeles, the United Way of Ventura County has launched a Disaster Relief Fund to help those impacted by the fires. You can donate to it by texting “UWVC” or “2018fires” to 41444 or visiting

Lemonade restaurant: On Friday, Lemonade in Thousand Oaks will donate 100 percent of the day’s proceeds to victims and families of the Woolsey Fire as well as the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting. The restaurant is at 100 Promenade Way and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Moorpark High Street Arts Center: The High Street Arts Center in Moorpark will donate all proceeds from its upcoming Saturday night production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The show will begin at 8 p.m. at 45 E. High St. Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-529-8700 or by visiting

Chabad of the Conejo: has opened a distribution center for those impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires. The center, at 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills, is collecting items to be distributed to those impacted by the fires. They are hoping to collect gift cards, children’s gear like strollers and high chairs, new or in good condition clothing, phone chargers, toiletries and hotel or motel vouchers. Those wishing to donate or pick up supplies can come to the center daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Bryski at or call the office at 818-991-0991.

Meathead Movers: The Oxnard office of Meathead Movers is collecting donated essentials for victims of the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Donations will be accepted until 6 p.m. Thursday. Donations can be dropped off at 1401 Maulhardt Ave.

AmWell Physicians and Therapists: Amwell is offering free video visits with board-certified physicians and therapists through Nov. 26. They can help answer questions about asthma and other respiratory issues, and therapy for people with anxiety or depression. Download American Well’s Amwell app, or go on their website for help.

Agoura Dental Group: Dr. Aaron Choroomi is offering free dental care and services to firefighters for the month of November to show his appreciation. Go to their website to book an appointment.

Pet Food Express: Pets are getting a little love, too, at Pet Food Express. Their stores in Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Oxnard and Tarzana are offering free self-service pet washes. Visit their website for more information.

AirBnB: With nearly 300,000 people evacuated, Airbnb is helping to find temporary housing through their “Open Home” program. They’re providing free housing to impacted residents and first responders. Click here to find a list of available housing:

American Red Cross: Donate by visiting their website, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting “CAWILDFIRES” to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation. On social media, the American Red Cross Los Angeles region said, “Please avoid bringing donated items like food and clothing to Red Cross shelters at this time.” Go to their website for more information

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: The United Way of Greater Los Angeles partnered with the United Way of Ventura County to create a Disaster Relief Fund. You can donate online or text “UWVC” to 41444. You can also donate on their website

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital: The hospital is gathering donations and making deliveries to the Humane Society of Ventura County and Ventura County Animal Services. People can drop off basic medical supplies for horses (any type of dressings for lacerations/burns), blankets, sheets, towels, liquid laundry detergent, gallon-size freezer Ziplock bags, puppy pads and cat/dog food to 3580 Willow Lane, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361. You can contact them at 805.495.4871 or through their website It is open 24/7.

GoFundMe: GoFundMe has compiled lists of campaigns related to fires in sections. To donate to the Southern California fire campaigns, click here. To donate to first responders’ campaigns, click here. To donate to animals impacted by the fires, click here.


As always, thank you to the brave First Responders that have kept our community safe.

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