Northern California Fire Relief Efforts

CCOF is deeply concerned about the impact the fires are having on many of our members in Northern California. In response to this devastating tragedy that has taken too many lives, homes, acres, and decades’ worth of work and devotion, CCOF is taking measures to help affected members. 
 
CCOF is extending all organic compliance deadlines for operations in the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties North Coast, recognizing that power outages and fire damage will affect immediate business operations for some days, weeks, or longer. We will reschedule inspections as needed. If you are affected, please contact North Coast Service Specialist Drake Bialecki or Inspection Supervisor Stephanie Tessitore with any concerns, and we will help in any way we can in the coming months of recovery. We will remain flexible and will extend deadlines whenever possible to any businesses affected by these fires. 
 
We encourage people offering their services for fire relief, connections or assistance to post a classified ad on our website. This is viewable by the public and offers additional opportunities to be of help. Select the “Member” option when completing your classified to post with no fee. 
 
If you have been affected please apply for a hardship assistance grant from our Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund
 
If you are not directly affected, there are many ways you can help those affected by the fires:
  • Donate to the Red Cross, which helps distribute disaster relief aid. In addition to online donations, you can also call 1-800 RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Donate to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Donate to food pantries. Search for food pantries in Napa County and food pantries in Sonoma County
  • Donate to local animal shelters, or the Humane Society of Napa County which are helping people keep their pets safe.
  • Contribute to a GoFundMe campaign started by Jake Kloberdanz, a local winery owner, to raise money for fire and rescue organizations.
  • Donate directly to the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund through the CCOF Foundation, which provides hardship assistance grants to organic producers. All donations received online will go directly into the hands of organic producers.
  • Contribute to the Farmers Guild & Community Alliance with Family Farmers, who have joined a coalition of organizations to establish a Fire Recovery Fund
  • The Sonoma Resource Conservation District is offering to help evacuees from the fires get access to their crops to harvest or livestock to feed. For crops, call 707-565-2371. For livestock, call the University of California Cooperative Extension at 707-565-2305.
 
The Wine Institute has also released a very helpful links with additional avenues to contribute or find resources.
 
For all those in the fire regions, stay safe. For those offering help and resources, the organic community is grateful. 

 

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