Global Help and Disaster Relief
When catastrophic disaster strikes, the City of Irvine believes we can all make a difference, one person at a time. Your generosity, multiplied by millions, will go a long way in helping these long-term and ongoing recovery efforts.
The current bushfire season in Australia is one of the worst in recorded history. Since the fire season began in September, more than 14 million acres have been scorched – that’s an area roughly the size of West Virginia. At least 26 people have died, 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and it is estimated that 1 billion animals have been killed.
There are many organizations that are accepting donations to help people and animals that have been displaced including:
- The Australian Red Cross
- The St Vincent De Paul Society in Australia
- The Salvation Army in Australia
- The World Wildlife Fund, and
The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres (766,439 ha), the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), as of December 21, 2018. The recovery efforts are ongoing for many communities, many of which still need support. The organizations listed below provide donation opportunities to directly support those in need.
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- Direct Relief
- Ventura County Community Foundation – Woolsey Fire
- North Valley Community Foundation – Camp Fire
For all giving opportunities, visit Irvine Gives.