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How to Help Those Affected by Northern California Fire

UPDATED. As the fire finally begins to subside, the community rushes in to help.

On Sunday night, October 8th, the wind picked up and started spreading fire. It grew to become one of the worst fires in recorded California history, burning through forests, cities, and everything in between. More than 3,500 structures and 170,000 acres are gone.

Large portions of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake County were under mandatory evacuation and firefighters are only now getting control of the fire. This feels not unlike an apocalypse movie.

The surrounding communities immediately rushed in to help. Firefighters from across the West Coast came to aid, people are opened their homes to evacuees, phone companies offered free data in these counties, and shelters are practically overflowing with donated goods.

 

Watch Berkeley firefighters in action. They rock and this fire does not.

 

Give Northern California your love

New Sincerity is a movement of people from all backgrounds, identities, and socioeconomic statuses, who join together to create lasting, systemic change. We all call the shots.

If you’re not a local, you can always donate. A Bay Area credit union, in collaboration with Senator Mike McGuire, set up the North Bay Fire Relief Fund – every penny goes to help those affected by the fire. You know exactly where every dollar given to this fund is going – donate.

Give to the Undocufund, where 100% of the money raised will go towards ensuring that undocumented families displaced by the fire have access to the resources and support they need to rebuild their life. These folks are some of the most vulnerable in our community and we need to make sure they feel safe.

 

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If you’re local, volunteer. This document gives details on who needs help and supplies.

Offer up your spare room.  Chanslor Ranch in Bodega Bay offered shelter to over 200 people. These folks are a few of many Bay Area residents offering their homes to evacuees displaced by the tragedy.

This is the moment where we all step in and help until it becomes a habit. Our future depends on daily action and staying engaged with our communities, especially when they are in dire need. New Sincerity is built on the belief that we are capable of this.

 

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Meet the Doctor Bringing Health Care to the Streets

After Dr. Jim Withers pioneered 'street medicine' the world took notice.

What began as a small endeavor 1992 has blossomed into a worldwide movement that is reshaping how some folks access medical care. With a formerly homeless friend, Dr. Jim Withers packed his backpack full of medical supplies and took to the streets.

Now, through Operation Safety Net—the non-profit he founded—Withers and small groups of medical students travel through the city five nights a week to give medical assistance to homeless folks. ‘Street medicine’ is a term Dr. Withers coined himself with the philosophy that homeless folks are unlikely to seek out medical treatment when they’re sick, so we should bring treatment to them. Some treatments are minor fixes, others have led to hospitalization.

“Besides just the good that it does and the money that it saves, having street medicine in every community transforms us. We begin to see that we’re all in this together.”

Since starting out in the early 1990s, Withers estimates his organization has treated more than 1200 folks. That’s not counting the 85 organizations around the world who’ve started initiatives mirroring Operation Safety Net.

 

 

Withers believes this is not only a benefit for the individuals in need of medical care, but creates a more healthy, empathetic community as a whole.

“Everybody matters. We need to look out for the people who are the most ostracized in our communities. That will make us better people,” Withers told Nationswell.

His teams are small—no bigger than four people—so as not to invade the space of those they treat.

Speaking on the experience of his medical students, Withers told CNN, “The street classroom really ignites, or reignites, what their passion is. They feel like, ‘Yes, this is what it’s about.’ And they carry that forward. I think the lessons the homeless can teach us about finding humanity and listening to people are transcendent in all of healthcare.”

Feature photo:  CNN

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