The Australian bushfires are still raging—here’s how you can help


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Bushfires of historic proportions have burned nearly 15 million acres throughout Australia. The ongoing environmental crisis has so far claimed at least 25 human lives and killed an estimated 480 million animals, including 30 percent of the koala population in New South Wales. With Australia’s summer season in full swing, the bushfires show no signs of stopping. If you have the resources to help, it’s never been more important to contribute to organizations with their feet on the ground, helping to rebuild homes, habitats, and more.

Where to donate money to help those affected by the Australian bushfires

1. The new south wales RURAL FIRE SERVICE

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.

2. WIRES WILDLIFE RESCUE

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.

3. THE AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

“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.

4. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL society

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.

5. FOUNDATION FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL RENEWAL

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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