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California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, addresses state and community challenges by investing in high impact service solutions, while leveraging public, private, and nonprofit resources. Through AmeriCorps, disaster volunteering and preparedness, and community partnerships, California Volunteers transforms small investments into major impacts. Led by the state’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker, California Volunteers is supported by a bipartisan 25-member Commission and a team of experts driven by a mission to empower and mobilize all Californians to volunteerserve and prepare.

July 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Response

Donations & Volunteering

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California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, ensures the coordination of volunteer activities related to disaster response and recovery. Additionally, we are charged with coordinating donations in times of disaster. We are the state resource for the public and organizations to seek coordination support and awareness for how best to be helpful, in terms of people power or monetary donations.

In response to the two major earthquakes near the town of Ridgecrest, California, from July 4 and July 5, California Volunteers continues to coordinate with state and local partners to determine the need for donations and volunteers.

How to Support

  • The Kern County Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund has been established by the Kern Community Foundation. To support the community’s earthquake response and relief efforts, donations can be made by accessing this website.  
  • The Golden State Division of The Salvation Army has “set-up a kitchen at a Red Cross shelter at the Kerr McGee Community Center in Ridgecrest.” Meals are being served by staff from neighboring Salvation Army locations to those impacted. To support continued relief to those affected by the earthquakes, donations are being collected through this website.
  • In response to the Ridgecrest earthquake the American Red Cross is providing direct services to Kern County. They are currently accepting monetary donations to support the effort, contributions can be directed here.
  • In order to support community needs the United Way of Kern County has established the Ridgecrest Earthquake Relief Fund . Donations can be made through the following link.

California Volunteers strongly encourages donors to carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to ensure that their donated funds will have the desired result. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts website.

There are no formal volunteer needs being reported at this time.

This update was posted on July 6, 2019 @ 5:00PM.

Stay Informed

California Volunteers: Updates on donation needs and volunteer activities will be posted here on our website, as well as, across all of our social media platforms.

Cal OES: Follow immediate updates and developments with the situation on the ground and response efforts by state officials.

Featured News and Updates

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Apply to Join Our New Campaign

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Join the California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign – led by Governor Newsom – to ensure our most vulnerable communities are prepared for disasters. There are many grant opportunities now available to help usher in a new era of disaster preparedness in the Golden State.