Help Us Help Them
Please join us in helping wildfire victims
during the holidays.
Non-profit organizations across Jackson County have responded to the devastation of the September wildfires, providing shelter, food, clothing, work tools and more to fire victims. They are continuing this work in the holiday season and ask that you join in ensuring that the thousands of individuals, families and businesses affected by the tragedy are not forgotten. Please join us during the holidays in helping them by donating to one or more of the humanitarian efforts listed below.
To donate to an organization’s fire relief effort, please click on the related link.
List compiled by the United Rotary Clubs of Southern Oregon.
United Rotary Clubs of Southern Oregon
All 10 Rotary Clubs in Jackson County have banded together to raise funds for fire victims, with a focus on enabling people to return to work. Through this effort, Rotarians currently are distributing $167,000 in tools and equipment to independent contractors, laborers and small businesses.
United Rotary has set a long-term goal of raising $1 million for fire relief – with 100 percent directed to those in need -- and a near-term goal of enabling more workers to return to their jobs by providing them with desperately needed tools and equipment.
United Way of Jackson County
United Way of Jackson County launched United Together on Sept. 8 to those directly impacted by both the Almeda and South Obenchain fires. To date, we’ve raised $2.5 million and will be distributing $1 million before Dec. 15, assisting more than 750 families directly. There’s a place for all of us in the relief efforts for our community!
As Barbara shared, after losing her home, “In the past three months, I’ve lost a son and a son-in-law to cancer and I’ve lost my home. Any help is appreciated. I do hope to rebuild, God willing.”
United Together will help people recover, rebuild and renew their lives with your help.
Phoenix-Talent School Fund
The Almeda Fire destroyed more than 2,600 homes, the vast majority of them inside the boundaries of the Phoenix-Talent School District, where approximately 30 percent of the students (710 children) lost their homes.
The district has been coordinating with area non-profits, businesses and individuals to assist the affected families of their students and has established the Phoenix-Talent School District Fire Relief Fund to help offset some of the losses suffered by those students and families.
Rogue Valley Farm to School
This past summer, Rogue Valley Farm to School partnered with local schools and Fry Family Farm to provide 2,000 boxes of organic produce to families every week. Now we are working to raise money to provide produce boxes every week for Phoenix-Talent School District families who survived the Almeda fire and healing garden education programs for school children. $40 feeds a family for a week; $1,000 feeds 25 families.
The goal is to feed 250 families for 24 weeks -- from Jan. 1 until the end of the school year. Become a weekly or monthly sustainer. Adopt a week or a month. Volunteer are also needed to help distribute boxes.
Rogue Food Unites
RFU coordinates with food businesses to meet the food needs of Oregon communities recovering from emergencies. Providing emergency relief food through funded meal production assists not only the families but also the local restaurant industry, helping it stay afloat during a time when COVID poses graves risks.
While meeting the fundamental need for food for those impacted by wildfires, we strengthen local economies, preserve jobs for impacted residents, and foster collaboration, resilience and food sovereignty in our valley. Since its inception in September, RFU has served more than 120,000 meals and directed more than $1.25 million into the local economy. Created in the Almeda and South Obenchain fire aftermath, we are now the state-contracted agency feeding evacuees in five Oregon counties.
Teresa McCormick Center
The Teresa McCormick Center (TMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people move toward greater self-sufficiency. We focus on three areas: educate, assist and connect, to help people reach their next best level. Money raised goes directly to help people with immediate needs as they work toward stabilizing and moving forward.
In response to the wildfires, TMC has been actively working with families impacted. Money raised is dedicated to those who lost everything.
Rogue Climate has partnered with the Rogue Action Center to run a Fire Relief Center located at Shoppes at Exit 24 in Phoenix, which provides food, kitchen and cleaning supplies, body care, winter and camping gear, luggage, small appliances and school supplies to fire survivors at no cost. Keep the food and household donations coming for fire survivors!
We serve 120-150 families a day, and are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. We serve lunch and dinners seven days a week at noon and 5 p.m., provided by Rogue Food Unites and local restaurants.