Fire relief fund

OCCU Foundation Fire Relief Fund

We established the OCCU Foundation Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by wildfires throughout Oregon. One hundred percent of the Fire Relief Fund will go to nonprofit partners dedicated to providing critical services that aid in the rebuilding and recovery process across the state.

You can help our neighbors and community members in need by giving generously to the OCCU Foundation Fire Relief Fund. OCCUF committed to match the first $100,000 donated to our relief fund

Thanks to our compassionate members, vendors and friends, we have met our donation match. OCCUF will continue to accept donations to the fire relief fund to meet response needs.

Together, we will meet this disaster with big-hearts, tenacity and through the generosity of people like you. All donations are tax-deductible.  

 

Prefer to mail a check?

Make the check payable to: 
    OCCU Foundation
    PO Box 77002
    Springfield, OR 97475
    Write “Fire Relief Fund” in the Memo.
    Tax ID #83-0566255

Apply for funding

Are you a nonprofit in need? OCCU Foundation (OCCUF) is now accepting grant applications from nonprofits, faith-based organizations and public entities for disaster relief and recovery services through our Fire Relief Fund. 

Please note: OCCUF is not distributing funds directly to individuals. Connect with your local Red Cross, United Way or other local organizations to request individual assistance. Information on fire relief loans and other financial assistance options for OCCU members can be found at MyOCCU.org/fire-support.

APPLICATION LINK


The Fire Relief Fund is focused on providing grants to nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and public entities working in the following areas:

  1. Relief: Grants for shelter, emergency financial assistance, food security and basic needs, emergency child care, transportation, medical care, mental health services and animal care.
  2. Recovery: Physical rebuilding of homes and structures, economic rebuilding, workforce development, long-term case management, ecological support, projects that promote resource sharing and disaster preparedness.

For more information about OCCUF and our Fire Relief Fund please contact us at: Foundation@MyOCCU.org
 

Funded organizations

  • Cascade Relief Team - to support statewide post-fire recovery assistance and property cleanup. Providing on-site debris removal and resource sharing. Additional funding contributed to support the development and needs in launching the Blue River Resource Center and laundry facility.
  • DevNW - increasing outreach and communications to fire survivors about the resources and assistance available, as well as supporting individuals with navigating FEMA applications. This is supporting fire survivors across the state of Oregon.
     
  • Homes for Good - to purchase supplies for a family need closet for fire impacted families.
     
  • LOVEfirst - supporting Oregon fire victims and evacuees with critical needs and direct emergency assistance. LoveFirst is headquartered in Lane County and is serving statewide.
     
  • Marion Polk Food Share Inc. - providing meals for fire survivors of the Beachie Creek Fire and to replaced refrigerators for multiple food pantries after the fires destroyed their equipment.
     
  • McKenzie Community Development Corporation - to purchase supplies for the organization, and to support the 2020 McKenzie Holiday Lights event.
     
  • McKenzie Masters Foundation - to make the McKenzie River navigable through the identification and clearing of hazards in the river as well as the boat ramps.
     
  • Northwest Rebuild Project - helping fire-devastated Oregon homeowners rebuild through free design and construction documents and rebuilding assistance.
     
  • O’Brien Memorial Library - supplying furniture and office equipment for the interim library location after their library was burned down after the Holiday Farm Fires. 
     
  • Oregon Parks Forever - replanting 10,000 trees burned by this past summer's wildfires. 
     
  • Project Hope of Lane County - providing essential items, tools, food and resources to Lane County’s wildfire survivors.
     
  • Relief Nursery - covering the cost of food boxes, helping navigate emergency rental and utility assistance, mental health services, counseling and respite childcare for fire survivors and evacuees in Lane County.
     
  • Remake Talent - funding to fill resource and food baskets for fire victims and evacuees in Southern Oregon.
     
  • Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund - supporting fire victims and evacuees in the Santiam Canyon region with critical needs and case management.
     
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 
     
  • Vida McKenzie Community Center - to help cover rebuilding cost off their new community center. 
     
  • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic - providing gift vouchers to support basic supplies for families in Lane County who have lost or damaged homes due to the fires.

Last updated September 2021

About OCCU Foundation

Mission statement

Rooted in the OCCU vision, Enrich Lives, and its brand pillars of Member Service, Value and Community Involvement, the OCCU Foundation is uniquely positioned to harness resources to help strengthen the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve.