Where to donate money to help those affected by the Australian bushfires
The first bushfires erupted in New South Wales—the hardest-hit part of the country—and its very own fire service is a great place to send money. Along with tweeting frequent updates that map the movements of the fires, the organization acts as an emergency service backed by 74,000 volunteer members. You can also donate to the efforts of firefighters in Victoria and South Australia, where fires continue to burn as well.
WIRES receives up to 95,000 requests for rescue advice and assistance every year and helps thousands of Australia's native creatures. Donations given to this organization go toward protecting animals, training volunteers, and bettering current habitats.
"Right now we’re supporting thousands of people in evacuation centers and recovery hubs across Australia," reads the Australian Red Cross' website. More than 1,500 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society uses donations to give people money for groceries, provide basic essentials like blankets and toiletries, and help families rebuild new homes. It also provides the emotional support people require in the wake of disaster.
The bushfires are still burning, but once the last one has been put out, it will be time to rebuild with the help of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). "As the only national organization offering small, discretionary grants specifically for rural, regional and remote Australia, FRRR plays an important role in making philanthropic money accessible to communities who would otherwise not be able to access this support," reads the organization's website.
If you've been directly affected by the Australian bushfires, call 1800-333-362 for temporary transit, accommodation, and support.
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