United Ways of the Pacific Northwest (UWPNW) launched the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund in response to the wildfires devastating parts of Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and seek shelter, many with only a few minutes notice.
UWPNW will continue to work in partnership with local United Way organizations in impacted communities across the region. All donations will be used to help provide displaced families with access to food, shelter, childcare, health care and other critical services. The fund will help these families meet their emergent and long-term recovery needs.
UWPNW distributes funds to local United Ways in areas impacted by fires, based on a formula developed that includes damage, population and economic/ racial equity as components. To date, UWPNW has raised and distributed over $470,000.
Additionally, less than 36 hours after the fires began, United Way of Jackson County launched a Financial Reporting Framework (FRF) to help the fire survivors. Due to the generosity of our community and the trust United Way has earned, hundreds of donations flowed in that first week. Soon, the nation and world took notice of this fund as well, and donations would eventually come from every single state and 7 other countries. As of February 2021, that fund has received over $3.1 million.
You can also give directly to impacted communities:
United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties (HQ in Kennewick , WA)
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (HQ in Portland, OR)
Greater Douglas United Way (HQ in Roseburg, OR)
United Way of Jackson County (HQ in Medford, OR)
United Way of Lane County (HQ in Eugene/Springfield, OR)
United Way of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties (HQ in Albany, OR)
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (HQ in Salem, OR)
United Way of Southwestern Oregon (HQ in Coos Bay, OR)
United Way of Whitman County (HQ in Pullman, WA)