Due to the fires that are still ongoing in Santa Rosa and neighboring areas, we are going to cancel or move the location for next week's . Our thoughts are with our local community, with those who have lost their homes and/or loved ones in these devastating California fires.

 

If anyone is willing to host the next meeting on Wednesday, October 18, please let me know by the end of day on Wednesday, October 11. Otherwise, we will reschedule for a future date.

 

As a community of community leaders, we would like to encourage everyone in the Bay Area User Group and beyond to help provide support for the victims who lost everything. Our previously scheduled host from American AGCredit, Krista Sherer, just shared with me that many of their employees have lost their home and have been displaced. Anything this community can do to help will be appreciated. Again Krista said, "People will need Uber rides to work, clothing vouchers and when we get a list of wineries or other farms that were affected, buy their wine and their wares to continue the support."

 

This article below from the Sacramento Bee provides many different ways to help those in need in our community.

 

How to help evacuees of Northern California fires

 

  • The Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist fire evacuees. Log in here to get connected and see where help is needed: http://sacb.ee/bdDE. They can also use donations; you can give online, www.redcross.org/donate/donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Visit http://volunteer.cvnl.org to register as a disaster service worker.
  • Airbnb hosts are opening their homes for free to evacuees through Oct. 30.
  • Stay clear of evacuation routes as much as possible if you are not under evacuation orders.
  • Visit the Tubbs Fire (Lake/Sonoma/Mendo)Facebook group to get involved in community discussion and offer services, along with the Tubbs Fire Safety Check-in Facebook page, which has a support link. You can post services you have to offer. Search for other community groups on Facebook to open the conversation and get up-to-date needs.
  • Many shelters are in need of bedding. See a list of shelters here.

 

Sonoma

  • Volunteers are needed to serve food and set up, along with helping with evacuated animals. The city of Sonoma says to go to the Sonoma Community Center to register, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
  • Drop off blankets and pillows at Sonoma Valley High School, 20000 Broadway, Sonoma.
  • Drop off adult diapers and wipes at Adele Harrison Middle School, 1150 Broadway in Sonoma, which is an evacuation center for residents of the Developmental Center.

 

Yuba County

  • The Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Evacuation Center, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City, needs items, which can be taken to the main gate. For people: Toiletries, diapers (kids and adults), and cases of water. For animals: Bedding, disposable baking pans for litter, small dishes, sheets to cover cages, folding cages.

 

Other help

Animal shelters and rescues need help with fostering animals displaced by the fires and are seeking donations. They are also offering resources to pet owners: