Chamber Members Give Back to Northern California Fire Evacuees

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As the Bay Area continues to reel from the effects of fires spreading across Northern California, we have been humbled by many of our members who have reached out in an effort to help.

Below, you will find various resources on how you and your organizations can support those affected by the fires, provided by active members of the SF Chamber. We also encourage you to follow CAL FIRE‘s website and Twitter feed for the latest official news on the fires.

Our business community will continue to rally together and support the tens of thousands of people who have lost homes, jobs and businesses. Please spread the word about the various ways to support our neighbors as they embark on a long road to recovery.

  • The Hotel Council of San Francisco has partnered with the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau to offer discounted hotels to families and those affected by the fire. You can learn more here.
  • Wells Fargo has donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The bank’s ATMs will allow customers to make donations through Oct. 23.
  • Bank of America will be providing “personalized financial assistance” based on a customer’s specific need.
  • Bank of the West is one of many banks that have been impacted by closures. They will be holding an in-kind food and toiletries drive this week in San Francisco and San Ramon.
  • United Airlines has launched a website, which raised close to $100,000 in one day on a dollars-for-miles program. They also donated 8,000 amenity kits to North Bay shelters.
  • GLIDE Memorial Church is collecting in-kind donations for evacuees to be sent up the afternoon of Oct. 13.
  • The Safeway Foundation is hosting an in-store fundraiser to help people and communities affected by the California Wildfires.  Safeway stores in Northern California and Northern Nevada are raising money to help the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these devastating fires. The Safeway Foundation will match customer donations up to $500,000. 
  • The SF-Marin Lawyer Referral Service is offering free 30-minute legal consultations with insurance claims, landlord-tenant matters, property loss, construction matters and more.  Call at 415-989-1616.
    They have also set up a special hotline staffed by trained multilingual legal professionals with free legal advice and evaluation of circumstances with referrals to appropriate legal resources. The hotline is open Monday thru Thursday, 8:30am-8:00pm, and can be reached at 415-575-3120.
  • Comcast is opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots to aid residents and emergency personnel affected by the California wildfires.
  • Petcamp is offering a 25% discount on all services for those impacted by the fire and has committed to be an evacuation center, should it be necessary, for pet care facilities in the North Bay impacted by the fire.
  • The Building Owners & Managers Association of San Francisco is collaborating with SFMTA to secure temporary parking permits for residents affected by wildfires. Applications must be submitted in person at the SFMTA Customer Service Center.
  • All proceeds 555 California Street‘s annual holiday tree lighting will be benefitting families affected by the fires through the All Stars Helping Kids Fire Zone Relief Project.

If you are an active SF Chamber member and would like to list your resource here, please contact Kyra Geithman at kgeithman@sfchamber.com