Today is not a normal day in Sonoma County. This will not be a normal post. Starting late Sunday evening, wildfires began to decimate Sonoma and Napa Counties. The majority of our clients’ homes are in Sonoma County and currently in harm’s way. For further reading, here are Press Democrat and NY Times articles. For a current map of the fires, click here.
In an effort to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicles, we have postponed garden maintenance in affected areas. We can’t go on with business as usual knowing that members of our community need help. Our headquarters in the SOFA District of Santa Rosa has food, power, and wi-fi, and is open to anyone who needs a safe place to be. Feel free to contact our co-founders Jeremy (415-300-0524) and Amanda (415-964-0301) for more details.
If you are able and would like to help, please register with the Red Cross. They might not contact you immediately, but they will eventually tell you where you are needed most. In the meantime, just show up. Our entire team went to the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Santa Rosa just offering our help and ended up staying for hours doing whatever was immediately necessary. As of yesterday, Amy’s Kitchen was asking for volunteers to help serve food. Find the closest shelter to you (from the list here) and just be there and be flexible.
For those that are not near a shelter or are out of the area, please stay off of the roads coming in. Instead you can help by donating to Redwood Empire Food Bank, Redwood Credit Union, or by purchasing something off of wish lists on Amazon for those in affected areas. Animal shelters, food pantries, and emergency shelters all have wish lists with essentials like medical gloves, hand soap, and socks that you can purchase from anywhere, and they will be delivered on your behalf.
To those in the affected areas, know that you are in our thoughts. Please be safe. We are, and forever will be #sonomastrong.