2-1-1 Ventura County, a program of Interface Children & Family Services, is supplying emergency information for those affected by the Thomas Fire. Ventura County residents can call 2-1-1 or text keyword ThomasFire to 898211 to receive up to date information on road closures and shelter and evacuation information. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day in 150 languages. For more information, visit 211ventura.org.
Autism Society of Ventura County
The Autism Society of Ventura County, a leading autism organization for individuals impacted by autism in Ventura County, is offering assistance to people with Autism Spectrum and related disorders forced to flee for safety from recent wildfires and to agencies providing shelter for these individuals.
ASVC is available to replenish supplies for left behind for displaced residents requiring assistance including weighted blankets, communication aide devices, sensory friendly resources, and autism-related items to ease the transition during this difficult time. Residents requiring assistance should contact the ASVC Resource Hotline at (805) 437-9856 or the Office at (805) 496-1632.
Fit Zone Ventura
Fit Zone is collecting the following items for families: blankets, pillows, sheets, food, water, baby products (diapers, wipes, lotion, bottles, etc.) clothing all sizes, personal hygiene products, first aid kits. All of the above are also ready for pick up and if anybody needs items delivered, arrangements can be made. For more information, call 394-5103 or go to 4756-3 Telephone Road in Ventura from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call first) or follow Fit Zone Ventura on Facebook.
Limon Y Sal
Dec. 6: Open and offering free food, water, clothes masks and more at 598 E. Main St. in Downtown Ventura. Call 628-3868 for more information.
Meathead Movers, the student-athlete moving company in Oxnard, is offering one month of free storage to Ventura County residents who have been displaced from their homes due to the fires. With no long-term commitment necessary, Meathead Movers will open its units to families who have no where to store belongings that were saved from homes before mandatory evacuations. Evacuees are encouraged to contact Meathead Movers to confirm a unit with a valid driver’s license identifying a current address in the mandatory evacuation zones.
1401 Maulhardt Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
Ready Ventura County
For updates on the fire and mandatory evacuation notices, visit www.readyventuracounty.org.
United Way of Ventura County
Donate to United Way of Ventura County by Texting UWVC to 41444and 100 percent of the donations will go directly to those affected by the fires.
Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Community Foundation identified $477,000 of VCCF assets that are available for key organizations serving in a first responder role, including the local American Red Cross.
The foundation’s website has been updated to encourage donations to support fire victims through the Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund at www.vccf.org. The will address the mid- to long-term needs of Ventura County to recover and rebuild.
Ventura Family YMCA
The Ventura Family YMCA will allow anyone displaced by fires to use the facility free of charge until Sunday. Displaced individuals and families are welcome to come, take a shower, charge phones, get some food, chat and relax during this trying and devastating time. Anyone seeking to use the facility should bring ID for facility staff to check them in.
Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. the Ventura Family YMCA will offer free child care at Elmhurst Elementary to any family who has lost their home due to the fire. All other child care sites will remain closed. For all others impacted in the community, the Y will offer child care for $30 per day.
If interested in this care, families should contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org in order to guarantee a spot, to receive all of the registration paperwork needed, and to RSVP so the Y can secure staff as needed.
For any updated information and open hours please https://www.facebook.com/VenturaFamilyYMCA/ or contact Amy Bailey, Executive Director for the Ventura Family YMCA, at 805.642.2131 ext. 24 or Amy.Bailey@ciymca.org.
Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is open and accepting animals displaced by the Thomas Fire. The HSVC shelter in Ojai is at 402 Bryant St. It will be manned around the clock for probably the next two weeks, with 30 to 50 people caring for the 110 animals taken so far.
People displaced by the fire who take their animals to the shelter for safekeeping are asked to also take their identification, medication and food.
For anyone who can go to the shelter, donations are needed: alfalfa hay for the horses, timothy hay for the goats, and cat food (they have enough dog food for now, Williams said, thanks to a generous donation).
Also, donations of food for the dozens of volunteers caring for the animals.
To make monetary donations, go to hsvc.org. For more information call 805-646-6505, though power and phone service has been unsteady.
Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center
SPARC is seeking the community’s help with donations of large and small dog crates, cat crates, pet food and cash donations to help cover expenses. Anyone wishing to donate funds may do so at www.santapaulaarc.org or call 525-8609 for more information. SPARC is also seeking adopters to come forward as soon as possible to help adopt animals and reduce overcrowding.