The devastating Australian bushfires have been burning for months and there’s no end in sight. They’ve taken the lives of citizens and firefighters, and they’ve destroyed hundreds of homes. They’ve forced entire towns to evacuate and live in shelters in one of the worst fire seasons in Australia’s history. Volunteer firefighters are working relentlessly to combat the flames, leaving their own families behind.
Here’s what you can do to help
In Davidson County, students at Oak Grove High School designed and are selling T-shirts with proceeds going to support the World Wildlife Fund of Australia. “Oak Grove Supports Australia” T-shirts are $12, stickers are $5. You can order them by calling the front office of Oak Grove High School.
You can donate to the Australian Red Cross, which has volunteers at evacuation and recovery centers.
You can give to the Salvation Army Australia, which launched a disaster appeal. They’re providing shelter and meals to evacuees and front-line responders.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia is requesting money to help evacuated families cover bills and rebuild.
Australian comedian Celeste Barber created a Facebook fundraiser for the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donation Fund. The fund jointly supports the New South Wales fire brigade as well as the Victoria Country Fire Authority and South Australia’s Country Service. Facebook also activated Safety Check so residents can update friends and family about their safety status.
Save the Children is accepting donations to support their child-friendly evacuation centers in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and in Bairnsdale in Victoria. The spaces are providing support and relief to children and families as they focus on recovery and rebuilding.
The North Carolina Zoo says their sister zoo, Zoos Victoria, has set up an emergency wildlife fund. The fund raises money for critical care and long-term recovery of Australian wildlife.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, of which the North Carolina Zoo and Zoos Victoria are both a part, says they are supporting the efforts of their Australian members, including the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia’s ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund.
The fires have killed and injured thousands of koalas and millions of other native species.
You can help the devastated animal population by giving to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue nonprofit.
Animals Australia Federation is providing resources to help surviving wildlife in some of the hardest-hit areas. Those resources include expert veterinarian care and food.
Volunteers for the Animal Rescue Collective are sewing pouches for Australia’s orphaned or injured kangaroos, koalas and bats. The group is asking for donations for supplies to make pouches as well as support for care of animals rescued in the fires.
Impact Your World will keep looking for other ways to provide aid as the fires continue.