In the past week, Oregon wildfires have wiped several towns off the map, displaced thousands of people, and left thousands more inhaling hazardous smoky air—all while firefighters are working round-the-clock to keep the flames from damaging more communities. For those lucky enough to be protected indoors, the overwhelming need for shelter, supplies, food, medical care, and other support in these impacted communities is hard to navigate. Here's a list of vetted organizations and fundraisers that will send your resources straight to folks who need it the most.
We'll add to this list as we learn of more resources. (Have suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Jackson County's hosting a virtual food drive, where you can shop for specific items (ex: "40 pounds of bananas" or "3 gallons of milk") to donate to residents in need.
- Rogue Credit Union is collecting donations to be disbursed to local non-profits "designed specifically for assisting impacted families and rebuilding our communities," and has pledged to match donations dollar for dollar.
- United Way of Jackson County's set up a wildfire recovery fund that will go toward "assisting fire victims with long-term recovery and rebuilding."
- Southern Oregon Veterinarian Specialty Center has set up a fundraiser to cover costs of care for the influx of displaced and injured pets coming into their clinic—and for people impacted by the fires who can't afford veterinarian care.
- Rogue Valley Relief Fund, organized by the MRG Foundation, will be used to "directly meet the needs of those who have been displaced by fires." In the long term, the fund intends to "support people who have lost their homes in these fires as they rebuild their lives, prioritizing those who have the least access to aid." The fund is overseen by a committee made up of local nonprofits.
- Unete Oregon's relief fund supports farm workers near Medford whose livelihood has been impacted by fires and/or COVID-19.
South/Central Willamette Valley:
- Lane County United Way is collecting donations that "provides immediate assistance to local nonprofits meeting the needs of families and individuals who have lost their homes, their businesses, or have been otherwise impacted by the 2020 fires in Lane County."
- United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is collecting donations and seeking volunteers to support local nonprofits responding to communities impacted by the wildfires east of Salem.
- Lane County's Greenhill Humane Society is providing emergency boarding for pets in nearby evacuation zones, helping reunite lost pets with owners, and collecting and distributing pet food and supplies. Donate to their efforts here.
- Pet Evacuation Team is collecting donations and supplies to help care for pets displaced by the Marion County fires.
- Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, the only animal shelter in Douglas County, is also collecting financial donations to support their work housing and caring for pets displaced by the fires. Saving Grace also has a donation wish list on Amazon.
Portland Metro Region:
- Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to work at its Clackamas Town Center evacuation site. Volunteers will be tasked with distributing food, drinks, masks, and providing general support to evacuees.
- Sound Equine Options has been working hard to rescue, care for, and shelter horses during the fires. The organization is seeking cash donations, but also interested in barn space to temporarily house a horse or two!
- The group Symbiosis PDX is seeking supplies and volunteers to help distribute supplies to native communities impacted by wildfires. Symbiosis is also looking for volunteers who can provide temporary, safe housing for people displaced by fires.
- Oregon Sierra Club is collecting supplies at its Southeast Portland headquarters—and delivering them to organizations in communities impacted by wildfires, like PCUN, Rural Organizing Project, and Rouge Climate. Here's what they're looking for:
The need is still enormously large in communities impacted by #wildfires in #Oregon. People have lost homes, evacuees are sleeping outside w/o camping gear, basic needs are not being met. Partners tell us that the supply drive is the most important way for #Portlanders to help. pic.twitter.com/FNxBY0sLc3
— Oregon Sierra Club (@ORSierraClub) September 14, 2020
- Portland EWOKS (a group of crisis response and medic volunteers) have set up a mutual aid donation center for people impacted by the wildfires in Lloyd Center's Holladay Park. Check their Twitter feed for daily needs. They're also seeking volunteers to help run the drop-off site.
- United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is collecting funds that will be shared with local nonprofits "to prioritize families of color and low income families affected by the fires, and provide them with immediate relief assistance."
- Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation is collecting donations to support first responders and others impacted in Clackamas County by wildfires.
- Street Roots is collecting donations to support its vendors who were unable to sell newspapers due to hazardous air quality in Portland.
- The Joint Office of Homeless Services is accepting donations items to support Portland's houseless community impacted by the hazardous air. Here's what they're looking for.
- The Oregon Humane Society is accepting donations to support their work taking care of pets displaced by the wildfires.
- Wilsonville Community Sharing runs Wilsonville's food bank, and is collecting food, funds, and other supplies to distribute to people in need.
- Estacada Community Center, which houses the local food bank, is accepting donations. Check out their current list of needs here.
- Oregon Food Bank is feeding residents impacted by fires, first responders, and volunteers supporting fire relief. Donate here.
- Oregon's Worker Relief Fund will support immigrant agricultural workers who've been impacted by the fires.
- The Salvation Army is providing meals and resources across nine counties in Oregon impacted by wildfires. Donate here.
- KGW has teamed up with the Red Cross to collect donations that will support relief assistance for people living in Oregon and Washington impacted by the wildfires.
- Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to support firefighters who are injured or the families of deceased firefighters.
- GoFundMe's Oregon Fires page features dozens of individual fundraisers for Oregonians impacted by the wildfires across the state.
- The state is seeking volunteers who can provide medical care to people impacted by fires (along with COVID-19). Specifically, the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) program is in need of "licensed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), behavioral health providers, [and] respiratory therapists."