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Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
With more than 1 million acres burned, Oregonians are worrying and grieving over the loss of life, homes and landscape. And, many are asking: How can I help? Where can I go?
Oregon Wildfire Resources has a number of resources to connect you to help and service organizations.
Call 2-1-1 for assistance – 211info connects people with health and service organizations. They have bilingual staff who speak Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Samoan, French Creole, Ukranian, Somali, and Mandarin, and access to a 24/7 language interpreter service offering over 240 languages.
To Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance:
Go to DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for assistance.
To Give – Cash Donation: It is recommended that people contribute cash donations to reputable disaster agencies, allowing staff to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Consider donating to the active work of these organizations that are currently deployed to the wildfire areas and actively assisting the community:
- American Red Cross
- Team Rubicon
- Salvation Army
- Northwest Baptist Disaster Relief
- Wildland Firefighters Fund
- Oregon Food Bank
- Oregon Humane Society
- Oregon Community Foundation
To Give – Donate to Wildfire Relief Funds: Relief funds allow for aid to be quickly distributed and adaptable to needs, plus your contribution is tax deductible.
Rogue Credit Union created the Southern Oregon Fire Relief fund and will match up to $50,000 in relief donations for impacted by the Almeda/Glendower and Obenchain fires. Donations will go to local nonprofits that are assisting impacted families and communities.
Also in Southern Oregon, the United Way of Jackson County Fire Fund aims to support long-term recovery for families, covering direct expenses related to their losses. You can donate via PayPal, mailing a check (60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504) or making a deposit at any First Interstate Bank. Access Building Community is hosting a virtual food drive for Jackson County evacuees. Unete is collecting donations to support basic needs of displaced farm workers and immigrant families in Jackson County.
In the Willamette Valley, United Way of Lane County Wildfire Response Fund provides immediate assistance to local nonprofits that are assisting families and individuals who are impacted by the fires in Lane County. The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is also collecting monetary donations for its Mid-Valley Wildfire Relief Fund, and the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette launched its Wildfire Response and Recovery Fund. The United Way funds are expected to aid services for food relief, shelter assistance, child care and health care. Many businesses in Lane County are also donating proceeds from sales to local relief efforts.
In the Portland Region, the United Way of Columbia County established a wildfire relief fund to support those affected in Columbia County. Donations can be made at InRoads Credit Union.
The Oregon Community Foundation is accepting donations to its 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, as well as listing other statewide relief efforts. Donations to the Oregon Food Bank Network goes to emergency supplies and support to local families, farmers and first responders.
To support those on the frontlines of the wildfires, donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which raising money to help injured firefighters and families of those killed in the line of duty. The Clackamas Emergency Service Foundation created a wildfire relief fund to support first responders and those impacted by wildfires in Clackamas County.
Donations to Keep Oregon Green will go to educating the public about wildfire prevention, with 100% of the money directed towards its outreach efforts and not operating costs.
To Help: Anyone interested in volunteering can do so through the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is operating shelters in several Oregon communities for people who have been evacuated from the fire zones in neighboring counties. To sign up and for just-in-time training: visit the Red Cross or call 1-800-Red Cross.
To Volunteer: The current situation is rapidly evolving across our state. At this time needs are still being identified. Right now, consider signing up to be a volunteer. Organizations will be in contact if there is a match between an offer and a need. Go to Oregon Recovers to register as a volunteer resource.
Information sources on COVID-19
- The State of Oregon's COVID-19 page
- The Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 page
- Information from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
- The World Health Organization's COVID-19 page
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 page
- Call, text, or email 211 for questions about COVID-19 or referrals to programs for food, shelter, health care and more.
- Topic Collection: COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources
- Information concerning workplace rights and requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
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Through the Oregon Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, association members maximize disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts for greater impact in communities in Oregon.
CORE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
COOPERATION We will work together to overcome challenge.
COORDINATION We effectively utilize resources to help communities prepare and recover .
COMMUNICATION We develop and maintain effective channels
for sharing information . .
COLLABORATION We identify common goals and create shared solutions.