Disaster Donations

July 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Response

Learn how you can help donate and volunteer your time for the Ridgecrest Earthquake.


Role of California Volunteers During a Disaster

California Volunteers is charged with ensuring the coordination of volunteer activities related to disaster response and recovery, including necessary training, equipment, and transportation provisions. Additionally, California Volunteers was charged with coordinating donations in times of disaster.

In partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other state and local emergency management organizations, California Volunteers works to strengthen the state’s readiness for and ability to respond to large-scale disasters.

Donating During a Disaster

To assist in disaster relief and recovery efforts immediately following a disaster, California Volunteers will set up a monetary donations web page. You will have the opportunity to donate to various grant making and 501(C)(3) organizations that actively accept donations during and following a disaster.

During a disaster, all donation information posted about grant making and 501(C)(3) organizations is provided for information purposes only. It does not constitute a request by the State of California, or the Governor for donations to any particular organization.

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.

Volunteering During a Disaster

When a major disaster occurs in California, information will be posted on how you can help.

Be sure to find out where and when you will be needed, how to dress appropriately and what supplies you will need to bring. This may include food, water and personal protective equipment. Keep in mind that during a disaster first responders and disaster relief organizations may be working at capacity and an unexpected arrival of hundreds of volunteers may negatively impact their relief and recovery efforts. During a disaster, do not self-deploy to a disaster site unless specifically requested to do so by a qualified emergency response organization.