Southern California Fire Funds

Southern California has been impacted with several major fires. 

Learn how you can join our United Way neighbors in helping the communities affected:


Hundreds of thousands of acres have been destroyed and people displaced throughout Southern California as a result of the wildfires currently ravaging areas from Santa Barbara County to San Diego late last year. Some of those same areas are now recovering from flooding and mudslides that took more lives and destroyed hundreds more homes. 

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Southern California Wildfire and Flood Fund is dedicated to supporting long-term recovery and re-building efforts for low-income families affected by these natural disasters.

Funds will be allocated based on need to vetted organizations throughout Southern California that will focus on rebuilding and recovery efforts for victims affected by the fires and floods, including United Way of Ventura County and United Way of San Diego.

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In response to the destructive flooding and loss of life following the Thomas Fire, United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County have reestablished their support effort as the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund.

The local United Way offices initially established the fund in December 2017, shortly after the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in state history, ignited. One-hundred percent of the donations will support those in communities affected by the wildfires and flooding. To date, close to 2.7 million has been raised.

“It’s heartbreaking that just weeks after the Thomas Fire devastated the Central Coast, our community is again facing terrible destruction and the tragic loss of family and friends,” said Steve Ortiz, United Way of Santa Barbara County President & CEO, and Eric Harrison, President & CEO, United Way of Ventura County, in a joint statement. “Our hearts go out to everyone who lost loved ones and their homes during these disasters. We are offering our full support.”

Click here for full press release.

To give to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund:
  • Online at
  • By texting UWVC to 41444
  • By phone or mail in Ventura: call (805) 485-6288 or checks may be sent to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003. Please write “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo
  • Or by phone or email in Santa Barbara: call 805.965.8591 or checks may be sent to United Way of Santa Barbara County, 320 E. Gutierrez St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please write “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo.