Many of you have asked, "How can we help?" At this time, Saratoga Federated Church is not organizing any independent relief effort for those whose lives have been tragically affected by fires in Northern or Southern California. What we have done, rather than take a middle-man approach, is compiled a list of organizations we believe will use your donations directly, effectively and with integrity. If you would like to donate money through us, which will then be sent to one of the credible relief agencies, you may do so by using the ONLINE GIVING button on this page - and from the menu of donation target options choose: "Disaster Relief."
Northern California Relief Efforts:
The first two organizations below were each recommended to us independently by both Keith Potter (former pastor at SFC and formerly a pastor in the town of Paradise) and by John Scott (a disaster relief expert at Cityteam ministries in San Jose, with experience in numerous disaster relief efforts).
1) A local humanitarian aid organization: the Salvation Army. They have a local professional and volunteer base leveraging global resources:
2) A church that is very practically involved, Neighborhood Church in Chico- www.ncchico.org
They are providing primary shelter, and they are the host church/sister church for Paradise Alliance Church where Keith Potter pastored before coming to Saratoga Federated Church.
3) Another helping church nearby is Neighborhood Church of Redding, where former SFC youth pastor, Danny Basham, now serves as their Associate Pastor of Youth and Evangelism. They are collecting donations and signing up people to provide volunteer help. To access their fire-relief page go to: https://www.neighborhood.cc/fire-assistance/
Southern California Relief Efforts
Ventura County Community Foundation: The foundation has launched a Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to collect donations. Donations can be made at https://vccf.org/donate.
We have not yet connected with a local church in the Thousand Oaks/Woolsey Fire area. When we do, we will post a link here.
List last updated: November 15, 2018