After California experienced two of the most destructive wildfires in its history last November, AARP Foundation and AARP California raised more than $1.3 million to help victims who lost their homes and belongings.
The Camp Fire, which burned through more than 150,000 acres in Butte County, was the most destructive wildfire in state history. It obliterated most of the resort and retirement community of Paradise and left 86 dead, including many older residents.
The Woolsey Fire swept across nearly 97,000 acres in Ventura County and Malibu, killing three people and destroying more than 1,600 homes and other types of structures.
AARP Foundation quickly launched fundraising efforts and announced earlier this year that it would distribute resources to 10 local organizations assisting impacted individuals.
Among the groups receiving donations is the North Valley Community Foundation, which provides cash, gift cards and other services to fire victims.
In Southern California, funds went to the Ventura County Community Foundation, which is helping fire victims rebuild, and to the California Community Foundation, which is identifying other groups to provide services.
To learn more, visit states.aarp.org/california-wildfire-resources.