United Way, Local Groups to Provide $300,000 to Wildfire Evacuees

Sep 16, 2020


A building destroyed by the Holiday Farm Fire in the Blue River area.
Credit Andy Nelson / Register-Guard/pool

Starting Wednesday, the Catholic Community Services of Lane County will give a share of $100,000 in emergency relief money to Lane County evacuees. The group received the money from the United Way Wildfire Community Response Funds.

Each individual or head of household is eligible to receive some funding upon showing ID or proof of residence in an evacuated zone. 

Funds will be available on weekdays from 8a.m. to 3p.m. You can call 541-345-3628, extension 326 for inquiries.

As of Monday, United Way has also provided $200,000 to the following organizations in the McKenzie River Valley area:

  • McKenzie Community Development Corporation ($50,000) to provide support to multiple community building efforts in the McKenzie River Valley.

  • McKenzie Education Foundation ($20,000) to provide support for local school district efforts

  • Blue River Health Clinic/Orchid Health Clinic ($20,000) to provide support for health care services for clinic patients.

  • McKenzie River Food Pantry ($10,000) to provide food and other services to pantry clients.

The United Way is currently reviewing applications from other organizations seeking funds to address immediate needs of those impacted by the wildfires, with the next round of funds being disbursed later this week. Applications from organizations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The organization asks people to be patient and refresh their web browser if their website loads slowly due to high website traffic.

People and organizations interested in giving to United Way’s Wildfire Response Fund can donate online, by mailing checks with “Wildfires” in memo line to United Way of Lane County at 3171 Gateway Loop, Springfield, OR 97477, or call 541-741-6000.