Our hearts are heavy seeing communities, homes, businesses, and lives lost from the devastating wildfires across Oregon, Washington and California. Thank you to all the frontline hero’s – our firefighters, medical personnel, first responders and volunteers – for your bravery and service. We, like many of you, want to help however and wherever we can. We’ve compiled a list of local resources here to help if you or someone you know is looking for ways you can help or are in need of a place to stay, food, or other items.
CENTRAL OREGON RESOURCES
- The Super 8 Motel in Redmond is housing several fire victims. The Red Cross also has staff members there on site to help victims and get them resources they need. Due to COVID-19, they cannot take clothing our household items, but here is a few ways you can help:
- Drop off gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores to help victims obtain groceries, dining, pay for prescriptions, etc. Preferably in smaller amounts of $10-$25 so they can distribute as needed to the guests. Please be sure to put them in an envelope labeled “For Fire Victims” and give them to the front desk staff at the hotel.
- Single load laundry detergent (i.e. pods) to provide to guests
- If you wish to make a cash donation to the Red Cross, you can do so online, by selecting “Oregon Wildfires”.
- St. Vincent de Paul in Redmond is accepting donations for household items and clothing. These can be taken directly to their location at 651 SW Veterans Way, Redmond. Please make sure items are clean and well-kept. Current needs include:
- Bedding and Sleeping bags
- New socks and underwear
- New toiletries – toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.
- The Giving Plate is here to help with food. They are open Thursday and Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-2.
- Website: https://bit.ly/3kafQpq
- Oregon Wildfire Relief Fund. All proceeds will be donated to those most affected by the devastating wildfires. Fund is managed by the Bend Fire Community Assistance Program
- The Bite in Tumalo is a drop location for donations of sleeping bags, camping chairs, clothes, water bottles, packaged snacks and first aid supplies. They will be making several trips to deliver donations in the coming days with their first delivery today.
OREGON I-5 RESOURCES
- Springfield High is accepting donations at their location at: 875 7th St., Springfield, OR 97477
- United Way – is accepting donations, which can be made on their website here: https://bit.ly/3mcF0Wa
- Medford Neighborhood Church is accepting donations that are going directly to the families displaced by the wildfires.
- Their address is: 1819 W Stewart Ave., Medford, OR 97501
- Website: https://www.medfordneighborhoodchurch.org/support
INLAND NORTHWEST RESOURCES
- Spokane Area – Our friends at No-Li Brewhouse are matching donations to the Whitman County Fire Community Relief Fund dollar for dollar up to $25,000. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the families of Malden and Pine City. $25,000 x 2 = $50,000. Learn more here.
- Help with American Red Cross Disaster relief for the central and eastern Washington fires here.
- GoFundMe has launched a centralized hub identifying all verified fundraisers created to help residents who have lost their homes and have been displaced by the fires. Donate to Washington wildfire relief, to help those in need here: GoFundMe Page.
- Very sadly but of the hundreds of homes and a dozen or so commercial buildings lost in the Malden, Pine City and Colfax fires this week it is estimated that less than half of those people had no insurance to cover their dwellings or belongings. United Way of Whitman County is working closely with the Red Cross, EMS and disaster relief organizations to work on a long term strategy for helping these individuals. Here is a link to the public donor fund for more information: https://donorbox.org/whitman-county-fire-relief-fund?fbclid=IwAR0EUjO3XMrkh6oiSw7B7kPXQqCFYlieojzVlvHJCHY6-7lw2aPrpMxDveM
- What and how you can give from the Inlander – a Spokane Washington based publication, which recently posted an article that includes a list of volunteer opportunities, virtual volunteers needed in the region, events & benefits, donations needed and wish list items needed. Click to view the Inlander Give Guide Initiative.
- Cascade Region, American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/local/oregon
- Here is a helpful link to a Disaster Volunteers & Donations Portal put together by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
- Travel Oregon blog on Ways to Help during Oregon Wildfires. Includes resources and information on how/where to donate supplies to evacuees, how and where you can volunteer, and the best ways to stay informed and be prepared.
- Oregon T-shirt purchases to help support wildfire relief. $15 from every order will go to the Salvation Army to help with Oregon’s wildfire relief. The rest covers manufacturing costs. Link to purchase.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available. We hope you’ll join us in supporting our communities and those in need. Continued thoughts for everyone’s health and safety.