Fostering Community Engagement: What You Can Do for Californians Affected by Wildfires

November 5, 2019

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Fostering Community Engagement: What You Can Do for Californians Affected by Wildfires

The news has provided continuous coverage about the wildfires in California and how they have caused life-altering devastation across the state. As of the end of October, the Kincaide fire has been the most significant fire so far this year. These wildfires have forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes, and more than a million are lost power or are without power. In a time of crisis, support is desperately needed.

Being headquartered in Northern California, the team at Postmates wants to share what we have done, what you can do, and what we plan to continue doing for disaster relief.

What we have done: Postmates utilized its volunteer program to get employees out in the community supporting those in need. Employees donated their time to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen over the weekend to help with meal prep and feed firefighters, as well as those who have been displaced from their homes. On the ground, direct relief is vital to help communities begin to rebuild after unexpected devastation.

We also volunteered last week with CVNL, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, to help food insecure individuals through food donation and distribution.

We also kept an open line of communication with our members of Fleet located in the impacted areas. We value our Postmates and want to ensure first and foremost that everyone is safe and has access to the resources they need.

What you can do: CVNL and World Central Kitchen keep their volunteer needs as well as their donation portals up to date 24/7, 365 days a year.

What we plan to do: We are starting the first steps of a cause-driven coalition for Disaster Relief to bring together technology companies doing great work in the disaster relief space to make the job more efficient and scalable. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at civiclabs@postmates.com and we’ll be in touch.

As most of the California wildfires reach over 70% containment, we look toward the future to think bigger about what we and other companies can do to help the people and animals impacted before, during, and after disaster strikes.

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