Help is Available for SEIU 721 Workers in the Thomas Fire Zones

Photo credit Marcus Yam, LA Times

On the heels of the most devastating fire in California history, families are still feeling the effects of the Thomas Fire. SEIU 721 members have been busy throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, helping provide emergency response services at hospitals and strengthening our community security net through Human Services Agency programs. We know that SEIU 721 members are also personally reeling from the fire after losing homes, being evacuated, and navigating worksite issues related to the fire.

SEIU 721 is here to support members in the aftermath of this crisis.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance please call 2-1-1 or text thomasfire to 898-211 to get connected to valuable resources.

As an active participant in the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, SEIU Local 721 has helped spearhead an effort to provide union members affected by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County with financial and material assistance.

If you are a union member in immediate need of basic material goods, clothing, food, or water, and you’re unable to get these things from the county or Red Cross evacuation sites, please fill out the simple form below with names and needs.

As after effects of the Thomas Fire continue, the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council will continue to raise funds and work to pair union members in need with the material support to help them through the next several days and weeks.

If your home was lost, damaged, or you are unable to return to your home for a prolonged period of time, please fill out and submit the form below.

CLICK HERE: or send the requested information to or call 805-987-0101. If your call is not answered right away you will be called back.

The wildfires have also turned many families upside down – children being out of school, complicated work schedules – and SEIU 721 has been working with employers in our jurisdictions to ensure members will not be financially penalized due to the effects of the fires. Both the County of Ventura and Santa Barbara County have already voted to approve resolutions to help make workers whole, and we will continue to push employers to do the right thing during this natural disaster.

For those who are able to contribute to recovery efforts, the United Way has set up the Thomas Fire Fund and a text-to-give campaign. 100% of the donations will support those in our community affected by the wildfires. Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444, online at or calling 805-485-6288. 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.

Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are made up of strong communities, and we will recover from this natural disaster by working together. SEIU 721 is your union, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.