Firefighters are battling three major California wildfires. One is in Northern California in Butte County; another is the Woolsey fire in between LA and Ventura County; and the third is the Hill Fire in Ventura County. Even the town of Paradise in Butte County was virtually burned to the ground.
The New York Times quotes Thom Porter, a Cal Fire Chief, as saying, “There are potentially over 100 people that were killed in Butte.” It is the most destructive wildfire in California history with more than 8,800 structures destroyed, most of them homes, according to the New York Times article.
However, a number of organizations in California are rising to the occasion to provide money and support to aid the thousands of people who have lost their homes or have been displaced. Rambus is among a number of corporations making contributions to bring comfort, assistance, and hope to all deeply affected by these wildfires. Corporate and employee donations from Salesforce, Wells Fargo, Airbnb, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers and The Golf Relief and Assistance Fund have donated to assist these communities.
At Rambus, we are dedicated to strengthening and improving the quality of life in our communities through partnerships, engagement and employee giving. Our corporate social responsibility is vital to help these communities heal. Rambus is making a corporate donation of $25,000 towards the United Way of Northern California to help support the victims. Moreover, the company is encouraging its employees to donate with Rambus matching every donation of $200 or more.
The company is also making available to its employees other avenues to make donations. Rambus suggests such organizations as the American Red Cross, Caring Choices, Enloe Medical Center, Humane Society of Ventura County, North Valley Community Foundation, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Two of these organizations, Caring Choices, and North Valley Community Foundation, are non-profits located in Chico, CA, near the Paradise/Camp Fire site. Caring Choices organizes volunteers to help Camp Fire victims. Volunteers also care for displaced animals, while volunteer certified doctors and nurses offer medical care. North Valley Community Foundation raises money to support organization sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire.
As of this writing, fifty known fatalities have been confirmed with several firefighters injured.
Progress has been made to contain these fires. Yet thousands of residents have lost their homes and belongings. These tragedies are leaving a traumatic and devastating effect on these communities.
If you or your company would like to donate, below is a list of organizations for you to consider:
- American Red Cross: provides information, resources for displaced individuals and has updated information on response and needs for both northern and southern CA wildfires.
- Caring Choices: This nonprofit, which is in Chico, Calif., has turned into a hub for organizing volunteers to help those affected by the Camp Fire. Volunteers are assigned a variety of duties, including caring for displaced animals and, for those who are certified doctors or nurses, offering medical care. Caring Choices is seeking monetary donations for its operations.
- Enloe Medical Center: This 298-bed hospital is in Chico, the site of multiple evacuation centers for the Camp Fire. It is accepting donations for patients and families who have been displaced.
- Humane Society of Ventura County: This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.
- North Valley Community Foundation: This nonprofit in Chico is raising money to support organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire. These could include churches, fairgrounds and community centers, said Logan Todd, a foundation spokesman.
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles: This local branch of the national organization is raising money for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill Fires, specifically to help low-income residents.
- United Way of Northern California: This local chapter of the national nonprofit has established a disaster relief fund to offer emergency cash and help to people who have lost their homes, according to a news release.
To learn more about Rambus’ corporate social responsibility within our communities, visit rambus.com/corporate-social-responsibility/.