ABOUT US

805Help (formerly ThomasFireHelp) connects help with need on a grassroots level. We are an online platform where disaster survivors can quickly find what they need, From initial food and shelter to longer term needs like housing, goods, and services. We've built a central hub for resources, so survivors can connect with the help they need in one location.

We are the clearinghouse for recovery efforts that fall outside the boundaries of the larger institutions in the public and nonprofit sector that provide help.  Our organization works at the grassroots level matching help with need, solving problems on a one-on-one scale and picks up those who fall through the cracks. Those we serve are the most vulnerable, as they do not belong to any group with a collective voice in which to lobby for funds or help. We work with everyone and anyone including the under-insured, the under-paid, the not obvious and those who are unable to maneuver in a system. 

805Help was born out of the immediate and desperate needs of people in the Ventura and Santa Barbara communities facing disasters of unprecedented scale and destruction during the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide. No one knew where to go or what to do, and EVERYONE wanted to help. That was our simple beginning - we became the 'Craigslist' of recovery, building a “scrappy” web-based platform connecting those in need with those who had resources to give. 

MEDIA 

Volunteers fly those affected by mudslides to lifesaving treatment

NBC National with Lester Holt 

 

Volunteer Pilots Providing Lifeline to Cancer Patients

NBC Local with the helicopter and CHLA 

Volunteers pilots transport patients and medical staff stranded by Montecito mudslides

ABC Local with Joanne 

 

With Highway 101 Blocked by Tons of Mud, Volunteer Pilot Flies Canter Patient to Treatment

NBC Local with Joanne 

Website Provides Life-Changing Connections to Fire and Mudslide Victims

NBC Local Heroes of the Week 

EmilyBarany-ThomasFireHelp.org-Co-Founder

805Connect Podcast 

Women’s Economic Ventures honors women who showed resiliency during disasters

KEYT Interview 

 

Thomas Fire recovery organization expanding to help Holiday Fire victims

KEYT Interview

Oxnard Salsa Festival: Dancing with Our Community Stars

Emily's Dancer Profile

STORIES

“I lost my home 3 days ago and I don’t have any shoes – can you help me?”

“I have a mental disability, is there anyone who can help me understand what’s happening?”

“We lost everything last night, including our immigration paperwork. What do we do?”

"My 8 year old daughter has an emergency appointment with her cardiologist. I don’t think she can make the 6 hour drive to LA. Can anyone help?”

“We need a replacement bicycle for our teenager. He's 6'9" and needs a large frame. With re-building it’s tough to pay retail. Any leads or discounts?”

"We have 300 bales of hay to donate to displaced horses - can you find a way to transport it?"

 

“People have moved on with their lives. But those of us who lost everything are still lost.”

“We feel unfairly denied by FEMA. We didn’t have renters' insurance due to our low income. We're currently staying in an RV with our five year old. We had less than 10 minutes to evacuate and lost everything.”

"Just because our house didn't burn to the ground doesn't mean we haven’t had significant trouble keeping our lives together.”

“I feel very lost.”

“I have family members who did receive help, but it was short term and they are struggling with the magnitude of all that was destroyed.”

“It seems overall the community will recover. I just happen to be somebody who is slipping through the cracks.”

THE TEAM
THE TEAM

Emily Barany, Co-Founder

Emily is an expert at creating efficient systems to empower people. In 2011 Emily launched VISIONALITY, a consulting firm that specializes in designing solutions and models for organizations, helping them to strategize, evolve, grow and problem-solve.

Chris Collier, Co-Founder

Chris is a veteran of public relations and crisis communications. In 2008, he founded Rincon Strategies, a communications agency focused on crafting strategy and navigating complex public policy issues across California.

OFFICIAL RECOVERY RESOURCES

County of Ventura

www.venturacountyrecovers.org it the information site for recovery efforts related to the Thomas Fire. This is the official page for the County of Ventura and the cities and unincorporated areas affected by the fire. Ventura County Recovers is intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss. Information listed here includes articles about recovery programs and information published by various agencies.

 

2-1-1 Ventura County

2-1-1 Ventura County, a program of Interface Children & Family Services, is Ventura County’s resource for community, health and human services information. 2-1-1VC provides information on disaster relief programs, insurance, counseling, legal and other programs. 2-1-1vc information is available on the 211ventura.org site, by dialing 2-1-1 to speak to an operator or via text when you text the keywords ThomasFire or FuegoThomas to 898211.  Phone and two-way text support is available in English and Spanish.

VOLUNTEERS

Lana Gulotta, Ventura Digital Arts 

Jake Dilley - Graphic Design

Matt Bromund, Bromund Law Group

Marcus Bernales

Alyson Warner

Anthony Saucedo

Devon Cichoski

Seairah Johnson

Katrina Maksimuk

Carmela Carreno

Cecily Hendricks

Logistical Support & Staffing

VISIONALITY

Cecily Hendricks

Jenny Cardenas

Julie Harvey

Krista Eulberg

Llewellyn Somers

Bryan Palmaro

Morgan Stiles

Greg Sefain

David Wu

Mike Stephens

Jeremy Yip

Matter Labs - Web Hosting, Office Space & Food

MONTECITO AIRLIFT

LEGAL

We're community-based solution.  Our data is put into the site by community members, and we don't have the resources to validate it.  That means that you should use common sense, just like you would like Craigslist or other community-sourced tools.

Now the legal part:

805Help does not warrant or guarantee any of the accuracy of the information contained herein. All information provided here originated elsewhere through voluntary submissions that have not been screened for accuracy. The authors of this website are simply acting as aggregators of reported information and do not have the resources to independently verify the data contained herein. For the most accurate, validated information from the County of Ventura, go to www.readyventuracounty.org.

805Help does not warrant or guarantee any of the accuracy of the information contained herein. All information provided here originated elsewhere through voluntary submissions that have not been screened for accuracy. The authors of this website are simply acting as aggregators of reported information and do not have the resources to independently verify the data contained herein. For the most accurate, validated information from the County of Ventura, go to www.readyventuracounty.org.

805Help (formerly ThomasFireHelp) is a project of Community Partners (501c3 number 95-4302067).