UPDATE: Wildfires are continuing to sweep through Southern California and our brothers and sisters are working to rebuild in regions devastated by the wildfires that swept Northern California this fall.

Below are resources for victims of wildfires and ways folks can help those affected. 

We will continue to update this page as we hear more. Please send any information you’d like to see included on this page to unionalerts@calaborfed.org     

On this page:


Southern California:

  • Support from the Tri-Counties Labor Council: If you’ve lost your home and/or been displaced, click here to let us know and apply for assistance: https://goo.gl/uYQpyr
  • Support from the Los Angeles Labor Federation – If you, or someone you know, are in need basic needs support – including housing, food, or connection to others services, please contact Margarita at Margarita@theLAFED.org
  • If you work in performing arts and entertainment and have been impacted by the California wildfires, the Actor’s Fund can provide emergency financial assistance and referrals to area resources. Visit actorsfund.org/GetHelp 
  • From SEIU Local 721: “As always, SEIU 721 is here for you. No matter what region you work or live in, members with questions about benefits and services available to them should not hesitate to call Member Connection at (877) 721-4YOU for the most accurate, up-to-date information.”
  • Farm workers worried about laboring in the smoke or needing help asserting their rights on the job can call the UFW Oxnard office at 805-486-9674. Community members seeking help with unemployment insurance or safety-net assistance and potential future disaster relief can speak with UFW Foundation staff at 805-246-3867. People can also go in person to the UFW/UFW Foundation office at 920 “A” St., Oxnard, Calif. 93030.

Other funds, including assistance for folks affected by Northern California wildfires:



Southern California:

  • From the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council: Over 790 structures have been lost, and many union households have been devastated. We haven’t yet learned the scope of the damage but the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council is working with our entire union community to make sure that we can help our brothers and sisters when they need it most.
    • Please DONATE to the Thomas Fire Worker Relief Fund. Checks payable to: Labor Community Services. Memo line: Disaster Relief Fund. Send to: 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Suite G, Camarillo, CA 93012
    • 100% of every penny collected will go directly to assist those union members who’ve lost homes to the Thomas Fire. Contributions are tax deductible.
  • From the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor: Donate to the Disaster Relief Fund – Contribute to the “Disaster Relief Fund.” Checks payable to: Labor Community Services. Memo Line: Disaster Relief Fund, Address: 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90006

Northern California:


Southern California wildfires:

In the aftermath of spontaneous disasters, many generous community members step up to help those in need around them. One of the challenges after a catastrophe strikes is mobilizing those caring citizens so they can effectively help their neighbors and neighborhoods. In order to best engage spontaneous volunteers during a disaster, United Way, the Red Cross, and the Sheriff’s Department are collaborating so that community members can volunteer easily and be directed to the City and County departments or community-based organizations where their volunteering will have the most impact.

In the aftermath of a disaster, United Way’s Ventura County Volunteer Center will serve as an online, call, and walk-in center for spontaneous volunteers. The Volunteer Center will register volunteers and coordinate with the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to place them where they can do the most good for the community. 2-1-1 Ventura County will also be available 24/7 to register volunteers, answer questions, and connect those in need with the resources to help them.


UPDATE: Southern California wildfires: If you or someone you know is out of harm’s way and in need of assistance: Please call 2-1-1 or text thomasfire to 898-211 to get connected and get answers.

Other resources:


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