Help Ghost Ship – Oakland Fire Relief Effort

If you need help…

…directly as a result of the fire — you are injured, displaced or experiencing trauma or financial hardship

Contacting us and what we can help you with

Helpghostship.com is volunteer run, by people who have lost friends and loved ones in the fire. None of us work for the City of Oakland, the Red Cross, or the Oakland Sheriff’s Department.

Our volunteers can help you sort through and assess your needs and possible solutions, help you make contact with organizations that can help you, and may be able to connect you with legal counsel. We are also in touch with private donors who may be able to help you with financial needs right away.

Everything we do is confidential and neither your identity nor information will be shared without your consent. You can email us at: helpghostship@gmail.com

Contacting a fund that is set up to help you

The individual and earmarked funds that may be able to help you today

Trans Assistance Project
https://www.transassistance.org/oakland-donations/
Behalf of: Feral Pines, Cash Askew, and Em Bohlka
Contact person: contact@transassistance.org

As You Like It Family Memorial 
https://www.youcaring.com/johnnyigazamandaallenkershawandchelseafaithdolan-709965
Behalf of: Amanda Allen Kershaw, Chelsea Faith Dolan, and Johnny Igaz
Contact person: Jeremy Bispo

Fund for the Twin Daughters of Alex Ghassan
https://www.youcaring.com/alexfrantzghassan-709493
Behalf of: Alex Frantz Ghassan
Contact person: Philippe Pierre-Paul

Fund for Alex Vega’s family
https://www.gofundme.com/oakland-ca-warehouse-fire-victim
Behalf of: Alex Vega
Contact person: Daniel Vega

Amanda (Allen) Kershaw family help
https://www.gofundme.com/ks-amanda-allen-kershaw-family-help
Behalf of: Amanda Allen Kershaw
Contact person: Andy Kershaw

Fund for family of Ara Jo
https://www.gofundme.com/ara-jo-memorial-fund
Behalf of: Ara Jo
Contact person: Tina Marie

Support for Leisa, Sunny, and Chris
https://www.youcaring.com/leisabairdaskewandsunnyhaire-707509
Behalf of: Cash Askew
Contact person: Margaret Hitchcock

Chase “Nex Iuguolo” Memorial
https://www.gofundme.com/chase-nex-iuguolo-memorial
Behalf of: Chase/Nex Iuguolo
Contact person: Christina Ruiz

David Last Support Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/davidlast-709221
Behalf of: Chelsea Faith Dolan
Contact person: Kara Fleisher, Eric Bateman, and Alex Head

Support Fund for Chelsea Dolan’s Family
https://www.youcaring.com/colleendolan-710275
Behalf of: Chelsea Faith Dolan
Contact person: Joe Fox & Josey Rose Duncan

David Cline – Burial/Family Support
https://www.gofundme.com/davidcline
Behalf of: David Cline
Contact person: Samohi Vball

Memorial Fund For Donna Kellogg
https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-donna-kellogg
Behalf of: Donna Kellogg
Contact person: Amber Parks

The Madden Family Support Page
https://www.gofundme.com/supportthemaddens
Behalf of: Griffin Madden
Contact person: MJ Bernier

Nick Gomez-Hall album sales profit share
proceeds from purchases of Drainer or Glider Heaven on Nightmom’s Bandcamp will go to family members of Nick Gomez-Hall
Behalf of: Nick Gomez-Hall:
Contact person: Travis Lloyd

Nicole Siegrist’s Family Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/denalda-nicole-renaes-family-fund
Behalf of: Nicole Siegrist
Contact person: Chelsea Wittwer

Sara Hoda funeral arrangements
https://www.gofundme.com/sara-huda
Behalf of: Sara Hoda
Contact person: Michael Low

Louisa LeMauviel Support Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/louisalemauviel-709203
Behalf of: Travis Hough
Contact person: Alex Head, Eric Bateman and Kara Fleisher

Travis Hough Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/travis-hough-serviceexpenses-fund
Behalf of: Travis Hough
Contact person: Yannis Valencia Houser

Valentyn Edgewood Relief Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/valentynedgewood-710948
Behalf of: Barrett Clark
Contact person: Ethan Port and Katabatik

Vanessa Plotkin Memorial
https://www.gofundme.com/vanessa-plotkin-memorial
Behalf of: Vanessa Plotkin
Contact person: Adam Alperin

Getting your story to the Red Cross asap

The Red Cross is distributing money from more than one fund, and they have said they are willing to assist families of the deceased, people injured in the fire, and Ghost Ship residents who are now displaced. The number to call is 510-595-4441.

Getting your story to Gray Area asap

Gray Area plans to distribute money to the people the Red Cross is working with, filling in gaps where medical and emergency expenses have not been met by the Red Cross allocation. Gray Area also has said they will help the wider chosen families and loved ones of the victims of the fire that the Red Cross is not assisting. If you haven’t yet, contact Gray Area using this form.

 

Fill out Gray Area’s relief fund intake form at this link

Please be aware: Gray Area will not distribute funds until Red Cross has fulfilled their distribution.

If you need immediate funds for urgent needs, some of the folks working on this website may be able to put you confidentially in touch with private sources today. Please contact us at helpghostship@gmail.com with the best way to reach out to you. No one involved in this website is in any way working under the supervision of the Sherriff’s Office, the Office of the Mayor, or the Red Cross and we will strictly safeguard your privacy.

…because you are facing immediate or possible eviction

We are coordinating with the DIY Safety Working Group (a self-organized group of volunteers, contractors and artists that is hosted at OMNI Commons in Oakland) to help connect tenants with help. Here’s their list of contact emails.

 

If you would like to help by…

…donating money to a fund

The major funds and what we know about them

Gray Area Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghostship Oakland Fire

  • Organizer: Gray Area Foundation www.grayarea.org
  • Contact person: Josette Melchor, Director
  • https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684
  • Their plan for the money:Updated 12/8 From rep Alona Esposito “We are working with and meeting the Red Cross to discuss strategy and to ensure there is no overlap in our efforts – they are managing the fund that was set up by the Oakland A’s, and Gray Area is managing the donations that come through [our YouCaring.com link]. We are trying to make sure that the distributions that come from each fund support each other and minimize red tape for the victims” and from YouCaring page “We are receiving contact information, through the Mayor’s Office, the Coroner’s office and the Red Cross. However, since we are deeply connected to so many who are directly affected by this tragedy, we are also beginning to collect our own information about those affected for committee review.”
  • If you need money from this fund: Start by filling out Gray Area’s intake form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsezx64IGc3as-FTVOoeLZ6YWmKlCBxfSde3fHr5yJ87Lfhg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders joint fundraising effort

  • Organizer: Oakland A’s
  • Contact person: American Red Cross 510-595-4441  and 510-382-3000
  • http://youcaring.com/oaklandfirerelief
  • Their plan for the money:We’ll update this as we clarify info.From Cynthia Shaw, Chief Communications & Marketing OfficeAmerican Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region: “The Oakland Athletics Community Fund is working in conjunction with the mayor’s office and the Red Cross to ensure that funds are distributed to the families of those who lost their lives, d individuals who experienced serious medical trauma escaping the fire, and those who were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is not managing that fund. The A’s have asked the Red Cross to simply distribute the money to those impacted as our caseworkers meet with each client/family. 100% of the funds are going to those impacted. The Red Cross is not taking any portion.The Red Cross has also provided initial financial support to those impacted from our Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for initial lodging, incidentals, other expenses and continues to provide mental health, spiritual care and health support. Our caseworkers will continue to check-in with them over the weeks and months to come to ensure they have the resources and support they need.Finally, the Red Cross is referring those impacted to the County’s Victim and Witness program and the Tzu Chi Buddhism Foundation who are also providing financial support to those impacted as well as the Gray Area Foundation to apply for those funds.”
  • If you need money from this fund: Start by calling the American Red Cross 510-595-4441

Funds for individuals and small groups

Trans Assistance Project
https://www.transassistance.org/oakland-donations/
Behalf of: Feral Pines, Cash Askew, and Em Bohlka
Contact person: contact@transassistance.org

As You Like It Family Memorial 
https://www.youcaring.com/johnnyigazamandaallenkershawandchelseafaithdolan-709965
Behalf of: Amanda Allen Kershaw, Chelsea Faith Dolan, and Johnny Igaz
Contact person: Jeremy Bispo

Fund for the Twin Daughters of Alex Ghassan
https://www.youcaring.com/alexfrantzghassan-709493
Behalf of: Alex Frantz Ghassan
Contact person: Philippe Pierre-Paul

Fund for Alex Vega’s family
https://www.gofundme.com/oakland-ca-warehouse-fire-victim
Behalf of: Alex Vega
Contact person: Daniel Vega

Amanda (Allen) Kershaw family help
https://www.gofundme.com/ks-amanda-allen-kershaw-family-help
Behalf of: Amanda Allen Kershaw
Contact person: Andy Kershaw

Fund for family of Ara Jo
https://www.gofundme.com/ara-jo-memorial-fund
Behalf of: Ara Jo
Contact person: Tina Marie

Support for Leisa, Sunny, and Chris
https://www.youcaring.com/leisabairdaskewandsunnyhaire-707509
Behalf of: Cash Askew
Contact person: Margaret Hitchcock

Chase “Nex Iuguolo” Memorial
https://www.gofundme.com/chase-nex-iuguolo-memorial
Behalf of: Chase/Nex Iuguolo
Contact person: Christina Ruiz

David Last Support Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/davidlast-709221
Behalf of: Chelsea Faith Dolan
Contact person: Kara Fleisher, Eric Bateman, and Alex Head

Support Fund for Chelsea Dolan’s Family
https://www.youcaring.com/colleendolan-710275
Behalf of: Chelsea Faith Dolan
Contact person: Joe Fox & Josey Rose Duncan

David Cline – Burial/Family Support
https://www.gofundme.com/davidcline
Behalf of: David Cline
Contact person: Samohi Vball

Memorial Fund For Donna Kellogg
https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-fund-for-donna-kellogg
Behalf of: Donna Kellogg
Contact person: Amber Parks

The Madden Family Support Page
https://www.gofundme.com/supportthemaddens
Behalf of: Griffin Madden
Contact person: MJ Bernier

Nick Gomez-Hall album sales profit share
proceeds from purchases of Drainer or Glider Heaven on Nightmom’s Bandcamp will go to family members of Nick Gomez-Hall
Behalf of: Nick Gomez-Hall:
Contact person: Travis Lloyd

Nicole Siegrist’s Family Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/denalda-nicole-renaes-family-fund
Behalf of: Nicole Siegrist
Contact person: Chelsea Wittwer

Sara Hoda funeral arrangements
https://www.gofundme.com/sara-huda
Behalf of: Sara Hoda
Contact person: Michael Low

Louisa LeMauviel Support Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/louisalemauviel-709203
Behalf of: Travis Hough
Contact person: Alex Head, Eric Bateman and Kara Fleisher

Travis Hough Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/travis-hough-serviceexpenses-fund
Behalf of: Travis Hough
Contact person: Yannis Valencia Houser

Valentyn Edgewood Relief Fund
https://www.youcaring.com/valentynedgewood-710948
Behalf of: Barrett Clark
Contact person: Ethan Port and Katabatik

Vanessa Plotkin Memorial
https://www.gofundme.com/vanessa-plotkin-memorial
Behalf of: Vanessa Plotkin
Contact person: Adam Alperin

…offering pro bono or low cost services

For Professionals Offering Medical, Building, Legal, or Pro-Bono Aid

https://goo.gl/forms/4dDJWd0RByqeNV9S2

This form is for organizations interested in offering pro bono services to those living in dangerous conditions in order to sustain their life and artistic practice, as well as medical aid or mental health assistance. Gray Area is currently using its resources to organize direct relief for victims and families, however we feel deeply that the events surrounding Ghost Ship highlight issues around affordable housing and support for artist spaces. We are eager to organize around these issues, and are moved by the many individuals and firms already offering their services to artists who struggle to practice their work in safe conditions. Our immediate focus are those affected by the tragic fire, but we are eager to work with you to provide important services and support.

…offering material goods, food or shelter

https://goo.gl/forms/rhahqGdAO8AvgcNl1

This form is for individuals interested in in provided general assistance to volunteer their time or resources. This ranges from donations of goods, general volunteer work, assistance at related events, promotions, or offering other skill sets to help organize around these related issues. 

…volunteering

Gray Area coordination effort re: volunteers

https://goo.gl/forms/rhahqGdAO8AvgcNl1

This form is for individuals interested in in provided general assistance to volunteer their time or resources. This ranges from donations of goods, general volunteer work, assistance at related events, promotions, or offering other skill sets to help organize around these related issues. Our immediate focus are those affected by the tragic fire, but we are eager to work with you to provide important services and support.

Helpghostship.com

We are working to collect, verify and share information for victims, survivors, and the DIY community. We need people, to help us collect and verify information. If you can copy/paste, you have what we need! ????

helpghostship@gmail.com (and our contact form coming shortly)

DIY Safety Working Group, hosted by OMNI Commons in Oakland

“to develop longer-lasting infrastructure in supporting our spaces… for people who need help interfacing with the city departments, legal aid, trade work”

  • https://omnicommons.org/wiki/DIY_Safety_Working_Group
  • diysafety@omnicommons.org

We the Artists in the Bay Area

“Our goal is to find sensible, workable solutions to support the underground artist community that serve everybody’s needs and interests, and to speak with one unified voice to advocate for their implementation.”

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/wetheartistofthebayarea/

…organizing a fundraiser

Links to lists and sites of information

Fundraising events and collection efforts

A running list is available at this link

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18KoN7I6pNv8dcrhm3Burq2gOc06UUsTawzbuz3OVG2U/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true

We’re working to keep this spreadsheet current with information about events and fundraisers — but there is a backlog of info that needs to be added. More info coming.

If you’d like to add or correct information, please submit it using this Google form.

Info lists

(Source: consolidated with Master List of Ghost Ship Support Google doc organized by Hanâ Zait)

Support Listings (offered + requested)

Listings of specific types of support

Item donations

  • Needed Donations for Oakland Fire Displaced Residents – List of items requested by displaced residents (includes Ghost Ship residents and low-income households that lived in close proximity to the warehouse) from the fire (organized by Trackers Earth in Berkeley)
  • Donation drop-off schedule and locations – for people to drop off items to donate for those affected by the fire
  • Many places that have been accepting donations are getting full, so here are some other amazing places in the Bay where you can donate to:
  • POOR Magazine (FB) – poor people led/indigenous people led grassroots non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education, and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty across the globe
  • Qilombo – provides direct support for houseless and displaced Black and Indigenous folks in Oakland
  • West Oakland Punks with Lunch (donate) – feeding lunch and providing other necessities to people experiencing homelessness in West Oakland
  • General support

  • Resources to support Ghost Ship – Spreadsheet for people to offer or request any resources (e.g. lodging, food, healing work, transportation, etc.)
  • Grief support form – request or offer any support (e.g. getting food deliveries/groceries runs/house cleaners/rides/narcan/herb care/plane tix to where they all need to go)
    • Include relevant info like if you’re chemical sensitive, if you have a car, if you would need a ride to get somewhere, if you are QTPOC and prefer to clean QTPOC houses, etc.
  • saferspac.es – collective local and national efforts to support underground DIY spaces (includes building services, project assistance, and legal assistance, some of which are free or low cost) (not Ghost Ship specific)
  • American Red Cross in downtown Oakland (3901 Broadway) – offering emergency support to family and those affected: caseworkers who can help with financial and housing needs, and health service/mental health service workers available on site // all resources are free
  • List Of Oakland Fire Fundraisers/Benefits/Clothing Drives/Events – a doc similar to this one!
  • FB groups and events posting about support
  • Ghostship Support, and Love (1,000+ members)
  • Ghost Ship Fire Relief (219 members)
  • Safer DIY Spaces Oakland
    • Coordinating effort to improve emergency preparedness infrastructure throughout Oakland’s underground art, culture, and community spaces
    • $$$/Financial Support

      Benefits

    • List of Ghost Ship benefit events via Sierra Wendt on FB
    • List of Ghost Ship Benefit Shows via Do the Bay
    • List Of Oakland Fire Fundraisers/Benefits/Clothing Drives/Events – a doc similar to this one!

      General

      • Queens – house where a lot of people affected by the fire are located // fund started by a local comrade
      • Get grieving needs met: Send $ via PayPal to reachingfortheroots@gmail.com or claireurbanski@gmail.com (PayPal.me link) – These funds are being administered by a group of friends in the community with close ties to many of those lost and who have been reaching out to many others most affected. Unlike the Gray Area fund, donations collected by this group will be available to be distributed immediately as urgent needs arise. These folks are supporting ~100 people, many of whom are queer and trans.
        • Examples of costs include: plane tickets for those close to the deceased, food/groceries/toiletries, upcoming memorials to feed grievers, house cleaning supplies, vet bills for the deceased’s pets, etc.
      • Immediate Oakland Fire Relief – fund to provide immediate relief for those most affected by the Oakland Fire who are not eligible for any other source of immediate relief // fund started by a local comrades
        • This was formerly Love will never die (a fund started by a local comrade to cover the unpaid rent of lost friends)
      • Ghost Ship Fire: Residents Support – this fund is for the 20 residents who have lost their home and all their belongings
      • Ghost Ship Fire Skate For A Cause Benefit – The Little Ice Rink in Alameda is donating $5 from sale on Wed Dec 14th & 21st
      • Legal Support

        • If in Berkeley,  call the Rent Board ASAP at 510-981-RENT or contact Jesse Townley. PLEASE pass this on to ANY Berkeley dwellers!
        • East Bay Community Law Centerfocuses on defending eviction lawsuits brought against low-income tenants
        • California Lawyers for the Arts is offering free and low cost legal and mediation services for artists affected by the fire
        • (From the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee solidarity statement) If your warehouse/DIY community spaces is experiencing repression, such as law enforcement harassment, random landlord or fire inspection etc, there are lawyers within the National Lawyers Guild who have stepped up to offer assistance. We’ve also heard that some people have been approached by law enforcement or the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms Tobacco and Explosives with questions about the fire at Ghostship. Please keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent! It’s best practice to give no comment, ask the official for a business card, and inform them that your attorney will contact them.
        • (From BG Anaraki) If you are a family members of our lost, ppl that were in the building (especially the injured), tenants of buildings fearing eviction or anyone who thinks they may face legal action against them (besides the douchebag ghost ship master tenant) — email revolutionoakland@protonmail.com to connect with the lawyer John Burris (of the Rodney king and Oscar grant cases!). He is putting his firm’s full force behind us! And they’re very enthusiastic about it!

      Misc. Resources

      Information/toolkits/guides

      • saferspac.es – collective local and national efforts to support underground DIY spaces (includes building services, project assistance, and legal assistance, some of which are free or low cost) (not Ghost Ship specific)
      • Fire Safety in the DIY Community – Eli’s (Mile High Club) is collecting names of tradespeople who can sign-up for work on DIY venues
      • How To Survive A Surprise Inspection Of Your Living/Working Space
      • Studio Protector – information toolkit to help artists be disaster ready and disaster resilient
      • “HARM REDUCTION FOR DIY VENUES: DO IT YOURSELF // DO IT NOW” – suggestions for free and low-cost harm reduction strategies that venues can implement immediately
      • Oakland self-inspection for commercial properities PDF
      • Local and national orgs that support DIY spaces and artists

        (e.g. by offering grants, fiscal sponsors, spaces, advice, etc.)

      • The Awesome Foundation (national) – no-strings-attached microgrants ($1000)
      • CERF+ (national) – help artists prepare for and recover from emergencies (including offering grants + no-interest loans)
      • Community Arts Stabilization Trust (SF) – create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations
      • Fractured Atlas (national) – eliminate practical barriers to artistic expression
      • Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund – annual fund to support DIY music and art spaces, with additional consulting resources available for legal, building code, and organizational structure improvements
      • Nation of Makers (national) – dedicated to helping makers by supporting maker organizations; through advocacy, the sharing of resources and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond (their Risk Management team is trying to help other spaces across the US with the impact of the tragedy to their local areas)
      • NYC Loft Tenants (NYC) – organized by loft tenants for loft tenants to educate newcomers, advocate for tenants’ rights and improve the 2010 NYC Loft Law
      • One Plus (national) – facilitates a matching system to connect nonprofits with architecture and design firms that have made a pledge to pro bono service on active design project needs
      • East Bay Community Foundation (East Bay) – Community Resilience Fund – will provide grants to community-based organizations working to mitigate the medium- and long-term impacts from this tragedy, including addressing the underlying issues of safety and affordability of spaces for the artist community in Oakland. EBCF is committed to ensuring that funds are available for long-term recovery after the initial crisis passes.
        • If you would like to direct a contribution to support victims and their families, please contact Ken Harootunian at kharootunian@eastbaycf.org or (510) 208-0844 for assistance.

      Cybersecurity

      Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment.

      Other

      • Sparxo Inc – Event ticketing to contribute 100% of service fees to artist fund: Know an organizer that throws events in Oakland? Use Sparxo to sell tickets and we will donate 100% of all service fees collected to an artist aggregation fund that can be given immediately and directly to any artist for (almost) anything they need for the next 6 months. If need be, we can extend this program to last through the year or two, or three. → Sign up link
      • Work with David at Omni Commons to setup an easy way for artist to collect the money/validate how the resources are allocated
      • City of Oakland Meeting Schedule
      • Save Burnt Ramen – assist Burnt Ramen in any repairs they may need to help bring the place up-to-date
      • San Francisco-wide syringe access schedule
      • East Bay Syringe Exchange Sites

      If you can help us provide better or more accurate information on this page, please contact us at helpghostship@gmail.com