The series of natural disasters hitting our hemisphere over the last couple of months have been emotionally devastating, even for those of us not directly affected. The Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County hit closer to home as it's the very area where I did my residency in September, and I know people affected both by the flames and the smoke. While I feel too far away and small to make a difference, I am donating 10% of my October sales to disaster relief, specifically to Redwood Empire Food Bank (Tubbs Fire) and Vieques Love (Hurricane Maria).
In case you haven't had time or are too overwhelmed to do research, I've compiled a list of places you can donate to. The immediate danger may have passed, but these communities are still very much in need. Most of these places are requesting MONEY DONATIONS rather than supplies, as this gives them flexibility to figure out need and logistics. For volunteer opportunities, be sure to contact the agency prior to showing up, to make sure they have a need you can fulfill.
TUBBS FIRE - SONOMA COUNTY, CA
- SF Gate has a good list here: http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-napa-santa-rosa-12264095.php
HURRICANE MARIA - PUERTO RICO & SURROUNDING ISLANDS
- PBS has good list on here (scroll down): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico
- GoFundMe hub: https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/hurricanemaria
HURRICANE HARVEY - HOUSTON, TX
- Undies for Everyone: https://www.undiesforeveryone.org/