How You Can Help Relief Efforts in the North Bay

How You Can Help Relief Efforts in the North Bay

We have received many inquiries from Mill Valley residents to find out how they can help those impacted by the fires that have destroyed so many neighborhoods in the North Bay. We have assembled the following list of resources for community members to donate, volunteer, and assist in any way they can.


Once you are registered, these organizations will contact you when there is a need. This provides various organizations with the most flexibility and resources to quickly staff critical response operations.

Red Cross: Register to be a volunteer with the Red Cross.

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership: Sign up and register as a disaster worker. [Volunteer Sign Ups are Currently suspended due to overwhelming response. Thank you!]

Sonoma County Recovery: Sign up to volunteer.


Support Fire Mill Valley Chief Welch's Family 

We have learned that Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch, a resident of Santa Rosa, has lost his family home due to the wildfires in the region. Click here to donate.

Please Help Firefighters Who Lost Homes in Santa Rosa and Napa

As firefighters risk their lives working to protect civilians in the Napa/Sonoma fires, many have learned that their homes were consumed as well. Most of these brave heroes are still on the firelines, and have not been able to even assess the damage or comfort their families. We now know that some of these firefighters lost family members, loved ones, and cherished pets in addition to losing all of their belongings. Click here to donate.

Support the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is using donor dollars right now to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support for individuals and families affected by the fires. They also use financial donations to help people recover and get back on their feet in the challenging weeks and months ahead. Click here to donate.

Drive Up and Donate - Wednesday, October 18

The Press Democrat, and Redwood Credit Union (RCU) have partnered to establish the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. RCU is paying all administrative costs, so 100% of all donations will benefit the relief efforts and the victims of the devastating fires. Wednesday afternoon, October 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a “Drive Up and Donate” event at The Village at Corte Madera (1618 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera, CA 94925 – near The Gap in the Nordstrom’s shopping center). Checks or cash may be dropped off – again, 100% of donations will go directly to benefit the fire victims. Contributions may also be made online at:


Please note that many organizations seeking contributions have shifting needs. They may post a call for resources in the morning and those needs may be fully met by mid-day. We recommend calling ahead, checking their website or social media to make sure they are accepting the donations you are set to provide.

Please do not drop off donations if the organization has communicated that they are not accepting donations. This creates a logistical problem for already-taxed staff and volunteers.

The following websites provide further information:


  • Airbnb has launched its Open Homes program for those seeking shelter free-of-charge at a residence outside of but near the affected area. The company is also looking for those willing to volunteer space at their local home for evacuees.
  • SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced homeowners or renters in Sonoma County. Those willing to host a person or family for anywhere from days to months should contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at

This page will be updated as new information is available.