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Volunteer Opportunities for Oregon Wildfire Relief

Oregon wildfires in 2020 have created an unprecedented need for volunteering — families, communities and organizations need your help right now. 

Volunteering is both rewarding and essential for the well being of our communities. Although the current pandemic has made it more difficult to actively get involved, there are still many ways to help.

Needs for volunteering can shift on a daily basis as sites enter new phases of recovery. Be sure to check in with sites and organizations the day before or the day of for the latest information on what is needed.

Health and Safety First: Tips on Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Volunteer Situations:

Important Oregon Specific Fire Information from Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:  


Volunteer Opportunities

Medic Bloc PDX 

A community resource group created to aid in rallies, protestors, and community events. During the wildfire efforts, they are helping to organize donation sites. Follow their instagram to stay in the know with high priority needs.


PCUN is Oregon’s Farmworker Union fighting for low-wage workers and Latinx families in one of the most vibrant agricultural areas in the state. Reach out to find out how you can help. 

Rogue Climate

Rogue Climate empowers Southern Oregon communities most impacted by climate change, including low-income, rural, youth, seniors, and communities of color, to win climate justice by organizing for clean energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment.

Volunteer Sign Up

United Oregon

United Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice, focusing on living wages, racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, and affordable housing.

Volunteer and take action on the issues that matter to you.

Red Cross

The Red Cross is operating shelters in Multnomah County and other Oregon communities for people who have been evacuated from the fire zones in neighboring counties. A one time training is required.

Urgent Volunteer Needs at Red Cross:

  • Licensed health professional
  • Blood donor support
  • Shelter support
  • Virtual positions
  • Volunteer at Red Cross
  • or call: 1-800-Red Cross

USDA Forest Service

Volunteer opportunities include programs and activities such as fire prevention, conservation education and trail/site maintenance. Their mission is to help sustain our nation’s ecosystems to meet the needs of present and future generations. Click here to learn more.

Rural Organizing Project

Rural Organizing Project is a rural-centered, grassroots organization that works to build and support a shared standard of human dignity, the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice and the right to self-determination.

Contribute your talents here.

Salvation Army

Help the Salvation Army provide meals and resources for evacuees across Oregon. Check their website for the most up to date information on essential needs.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The state needs additional wildland fire equipment and resources. Go here to find out how you can help fight fires.

Evacuation Sites: Volunteer Opportunities

Check in with each individual site prior to arrival to find out what opportunities are currently available. 

Springfield High School

Marion County Fairground Evac Center

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

The Salvation Army

Evacuation site activities include unloading donations, traffic control, staging support and sanitation.

Livestock, Pets and Equipment

Experienced volunteers for emergency situations are needed! Stay tuned through the following links.

Cowboy 911

Cowgirl 911

Linn County Livestock

Holiday Farm (McKenzie) Fire Animal Rescue (Lane Co)

Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Emergency Resource Map



Evacuation Insurance Rebuilding

Top 3 Questions: Insurance Claims after Wildfire Damage

Insurance claims can be frustrating and confusing, especially when you’re in the midst of rebuilding your life after fire damage.

We met with Corey Kaster, President of Insurance Masters NW to help answer some frequently asked questions about working with insurance companies following a natural disaster.

Pro Tip: “Insurance claims are on a case by case basis and the insurance agent involved in the claim will be your best resource.”

Question: How do I prepare for a possible future insurance claim if I am in a level 1 or level 2 evacuation zone?

Answer: If you have time to prepare prior to evacuating your home, create a video walkthrough of your house and video-document all of your possessions, talking through each item in detail.

When wildfires strike, the safety of you and your family always comes first, so documenting belongings isn’t always possible when lives are on the line.

Question: Will homeowners insurance cover my house if the fire was man made?

Answer: Yes, insurance still covers your home if damage or loss results from a man made fire.

Question: If I am evacuated, what will my homeowner’s insurance cover if my family is evacuated? 

Answer: Most insurance companies will cover 2 weeks of stay if you are in a level 3 evacuation. This coverage applies even if your home has not been damaged.

Quick resource:

claims phone numbers for every insurance company


Donate to Oregon Wildfire Relief

You’ve come here because you want to help rebuild Oregon. Thank you for your generosity. Oregon is home to some of the best people and most beautiful places in the United States. As wildfires have swept through over a million acres of land, Oregon residents have been displaced, lives have been lost, and homes have been reduced to ashes. We can rebuild Oregon, together. 

Here is a list of organizations and donation links for supporting Oregon’s wildfire efforts:

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon focuses on serving vulnerable and at-risk populations affected by disaster. While the initial damage and trauma of natural disasters will impact any population regardless of socio-economic factors, the financial burden of recovery and rebuilding has dramatic and long-lasting repercussions on many rural and urban populations lacking proper insurance and public and private resources.

All Team Rubicon services are provided free of charge.

Donate to Team Rubicon here.

SOVSC-Phoenix Fund

Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center is at the epicenter of the Southern Oregon fires. Your donations support displaced and injured pets, resources for local pet rescues and financially challenged wildfire survivors. 

Donate to Phoenix Fund here.


Causa is a non profit that is helping immigrant families who have been devastated by the wildfires in Oregon. 

Donate to Causa here.

Rogue Climate

Help get money into the hands of community members of the Rogue Valley that have been impacted by the fires.

Donate here.


Breitenbush has had devastating losses due to the wildfires and our community needs your help to rebuild.Donate to rebuild one of the most magical places in Oregon.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross is coordinating closely with partners and local officials to mobilize a massive relief effort across three states to ensure that people have a safe place to stay, food and comfort during this time of uncertainty.

Donate to Red Cross here.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is providing meals and resources across nine counties in Oregon. Since Monday, September 6, The Salvation Army has provided 10,648 meals for evacuees across Oregon. 

Donate Salvation Army here.

Rogue Credit Union

Rogue Credit Union is pledging an additional $50,000 in matching donations for wildfire relief efforts.

Donate to Rogue here.

United Way Funds

The United Way funds are expected to aid services for food relief, shelter assistance, child care and health care in three regions of Oregon.

Give to Jackson County United Way

United Way Mid-Willamette Donations.

Wildfire Response and Recovery Fund Donations.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation

Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assists injured firefighters and their families.

Contribute to firefighter’s families here.

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank helps local families, farmers, ranchers and first responders who have been affected by wildfires throughout the region – connecting communities with water, food and other critical supplies. 

Oregon Food Bank donations here.

Oregon Humane Society

Oregon Humane Society is working across the state with the Department of Agriculture and dozens of shelter partners to help animals affected by the wildfires. 

Donate to help animals in need.

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation supports first responders and those impacted by the Clackamas Wildfires.

Donate to Clackamas County here.

Keep Oregon Green

Keep Oregon Green provides education and awareness to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Oregon.

Donate here.

Go Fund ME

More than 60 verified fundraisers have been started for Oregon residents across the state who have been affected by the fires, according to GoFundMe. All of them have been added to GoFundMe’s centralized hub: Go Fund Me Oregon Fires

Donate Goods/Essentials

If possible, check ahead with donation sites to see what supplies are most needed. Always bring clean or unused items.

Portland Region Donation Sites:

Willamette Valley
  • Salem Chamber of Commerce (1110 Commercial St. NE, Salem)
  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (455 Bliler Ave. NE, Salem)
  • Marion County Fairgrounds (2330 17th St NE, Salem)
  • Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem)
  • Silke Field at Springfield High School (908 10th St., Springfield)

Southern Oregon
  • Chiloquin Fire and Rescue (156 S 2nd Ave., Chiloquin)
  • Klamath Food Bank (3231 Maywood Dr., Klamath Falls)
  • Klamath Falls Gospel Mission (1931 Mission Ave., Klamath Falls)
  • Josephine County Fairgrounds (1451 Fairgrounds Rd., Grants Pass)
  • Living Waters Church in Medford (306 E. Jackson St)
  • Del Rio Vineyards (52 N River Rd, Gold Hill)
  • The Expo (1 Peninger Rd, Central Point)
  • Grange Co-op (225 S. Front St., Central Point)
  • Ella Lane Boutique (739 Medford Center, Medford)
  • Rogue Valley YMCA (522 W. 6th St., Medford)
  • Family Nurturing Center (212 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford)
  • Northwest Seasonal Workers Association (203 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford)
  • Rogue Valley Mall (1600 N Riverside Ave, Medford)
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Carpenter Hall (44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland)
  • Ashland Elks Lodge #944 (255 E. Main St., Ashland)
  • The Siskiyou School (631 Clay St., Ashland)
  • Ashland High School (201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland)

More information on volunteering and donating items: Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Air Quality Health & Safety

Oregon Air Quality Map

Portland Oregon Air Quality Wildfire Smoke

Air quality in Oregon is monitored, mapped and displayed by the U.S. federal government and tracked live at Check here for the most up-to-date information on current air quality and air quality forecasting. Smoke forecasting is also available here

That website also serves as a resource for how to best protect yourself and your family in response to wildfire smoke, and addresses the following issues: 

How to reduce exposure to wildfire smoke

How to know if smoke will be in your area

How to protect your health when you do not have air conditioning/HVAC

When to wear a mask

Health effects of wildfire smoke

Health effects of ash

What’s in wildfire smoke

When local officials issue warnings or cancel local activities

 Where can I go for information about wildfire smoke and Coronavirus (COVID-19)?


Steps to Rebuilding After Fire

In this excellent post by attorney Fred Hertz, there are several key concepts for homeowners and business owners to grasp in thinking about how to rebuild after a wildfire disaster. 

Understanding Where to Begin

For most home owners (and business owners), there will be a few key steps: 

  1. Finding temporary housing and household items;
  2. Submit and resolve an insurance claim; 
  3. Cleaning up the property to build or sell;
  4. Rebuilding of the structure or selling the parcel.

The intention of Rebuild Oregon is to assist wildfire survivors by acting as a resource to rebuilding their homes and businesses or selling their property. 

Read the article here.

Evacuation Health & Safety

Evacuation Shelters in Oregon

Shelters are available to evacuees who are affected by wildfires and can often provide food, clothing and supplies. See below to find a list of evacuation shelters in Oregon, by county:

Benton County

Find the most updated information for Benton County evacuation here:  Benton County Wildfire Response.

Information on Sheltering at the Benton County Fairgrounds: (541) 224-1603

Information on Sheltering Livestock at Benton Oaks RV Park: (541) 243-2491

Donations, volunteering and other requests:

Benton County Fairgrounds
110 SW 53rd St
Corvallis, OR 97333

Clackamas County

Find the most updated information for Clackamas County evacuation here:  Clackamas County Wildfire Page.

Clackamas Town Center
Northeast area of the parking lot available for RVs only. Contact the Security Department at 503-653-6962 for check-in.
12000 SE 82nd Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Oregon Convention Center
Pets allowed. No livestock.
Please enter on 1st Ave. Watch for Red Cross signs.
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

Clackamas County Fairgrounds
Livestock only
694 NE 4th Ave.
Canby, OR 97013

Champoeg State Park
Vehicles only. Corrals available.
8239 Champoeg Rd NE
St Paul, OR 97137

Oregon Conference Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists
RVs only
19800 Oatfield Road
Gladstone, OR 97027

Deschutes County

Find the most updated information for Deschutes County evacuation here:  Deschutes Emergency Information.

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
3800 SW Airport Way
Redmond, OR 97756

Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Note: The Salvation Army will provide daily boxed meals at this location

Douglas County

Find the most updated information for Douglas County evacuation here:  Douglas County Fire Information.

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear St.
Roseburg, OR 97471

For more information about RV space and livestock availability at the Fairgrounds please contact Ciera Keith at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Office at (541) 440-4394.

Jackson County

Find the most updated information for Douglas County evacuation here:  Jackson County Shelter Information.

Jackson County Expo
1 Peninger Rd
Central Point, OR 97502
Note: The Salvation Army will provide daily boxed meals at this location

Harvest Time Fellowship
345 2nd St
Gold Hill, OR
Call Jerry Frasier at 707-845-6310 to confirm room

Edgewater Christian Fellowship
101 Assembly Circle
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Call 541-474-7172 to confirm room

East Evans Creek Community Center
8205 E Evans Creek Road
Rogue River, OR 97530
Call 541-582-6006 to confirm room

Lane County

Find the most updated information for Douglas County evacuation here: Lane County McKenzie Holiday Farm Fire Information.

The temporary evacuation sites have been transitioned to being offered by telephone.  The Red Cross is available to offer resources to those who have been impacted by the Holiday Farm Fires.  For Red Cross resources, please call 1-888-680-1455 or 1-503-284-1234.

The Cottage Grove Masonic Hall (33322 Row River Road) is also open for those who have been evacuated. They have space for additional recreational vehicles. There are restrooms, showers and a laundry facility. Please call Eston Wicks (541-968-3829) before arriving to confirm space availability.

Silke Field
908 N 10th Ave
Springfield, OR 97477

Cottage Grove Masonic Hall
33322 Row River Road
Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Springfield High School
875 7th Street
Springfield, OR 97477

Lincoln County

Those impacted by the Echo Mountain and Kimberling Mountain Road fires are asked to go to the Newport Rec Center. The Red Cross moved locations for logistical reasons. Lincoln County Fairgrounds will take all animals that are not dogs or cats. The Lincoln County Commons is taking livestock animals. Supplies for companion animals are available at the Lincoln County Animals Shelter’s entrance.

Newport Rec Center
225 SE Avery Street
Newport, OR 97365
Note: The Salvation Army will provide daily boxed meals at this location

Agate Beach State Park Campground
Parking lot with restrooms and the South Jetty are available for overflow camping by
folks evacuating from Lincoln City

Lincoln County Commons (for livestock)
633 NE 3rd Street
Newport, OR 97365

Linn County

Linn-Benton County Fairgrounds
3700 Knox Butte Rd E
Albany, OR 97322
Note: The Salvation Army will provide daily boxed meals at this location

Marion County

Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires

Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Note: The Salvation Army will provide daily boxed meals at this location

Multnomah County

The Oregon Convention Center in Portland is being opened as an evacuee shelter for those displaced by the fires, according to Metro officials.

Multnomah County emergency shelter information

Tillamook County

Tillamook County Fairgrounds
4603 3rd St
Tillamook, OR 97141

Washington/Yamhill counties

Chehalem Mountain/Bald Peak Fire

Mountainside High School
12500 SW 175th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97007

Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo grounds
2070 NE Lafayette Ave
McMinnville, OR 97128

Washington County Fair Complex (Westside Commons) ** Animals accepted at this site
801 NE 34th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97124