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United Way Expands Thomas Fire Relief Fund To Help Flood Victims

Victims of the deadly mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County last week will be getting much needed help.

The United Way of Santa Barbara County and the United Way of Ventura County created the Thomas Fire Fund, which they have now re-established as the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. The money will pay for basic essentials and beyond.

“Toiletries – just general toiletries. Food that they may need for their family. Clothing. As we do further assessments, whether it’s long-term recovery with first month’s rents to purchasing tools they might have lost, those assessments will come in the weeks and months to follow,” said Steve Ortiz with the United Way of Santa Barbara County. 

So far, the fund has raised more than $2.7 million. One-hundred-percent of the donations support those impacted by the wildfires and flooding.

You can donate to the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood in a number of ways:

  • Online at
  • By texting UWVC to 41444
  • By phone or mail in Ventura: call (805) 485-6288 or checks may be sent to the United Way Office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.
  • Or by phone or email in Santa Barbara: call (805) 965-8591 or checks may be sent to United Way of Santa Barbara County, 320  E. Guiterrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please write "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo.