On September 8, 2020 everything changed. The Almeda and South Obenchain Fires ripped through our Valley, destroying 2,560 residences, 198 commercial buildings and six public buildings. And, the result was devastating.
It was heartening to see so many reach out to lend a helping hand. Individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Your United Way was one of the first.
We immediately set up a relief and recovery fund, that very day. And, thanks to your generosity, we have raised more than $3.4 million. Our goal was $3 million and thanks to you, we did it!
United Way launched an application for assistance and awarded grants to 837 individuals, families, and small businesses for a total of $1.4 million. United Way also became fiscal agent for Rogue Food Unites, an amazing program providing prepared meals and provision boxes to displaced people from the fires. They have already served more than 550,000 meals and provision boxes to displaced folks from the fires. We have assisted with close to $800,000 for RFU. The balance of our funds will be used in partnership with the Jackson County Community Long Term Recovery Group to help people permanently resettle their lives. In addition, United Way partnered with the Teresa McCormick Center to share product donations from Skechers, Columbia Sportswear, Talbots, and more.
”I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the grant from your organization after we lost so much in the Almeda Fire. It is such a devastating experience to be suddenly homeless and to need everything! Thank you for helping us put the pieces back together when our world fell apart.Gratefully, Kevin & Sheryl
”Thank you for the wild fire relief grant. I am finding that kindness and caring from people is what is getting me through. I lost my entire community, my entire support system. We are all in shock. Your kindness means so much more than the money. It’s the human caring, the human love. I am so grateful.Shawna
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From the United Way of Jackson County