Ways to Give after the Fires

After devastating wildfires ripped through the Santiam Canyon east of Salem, Oregon, many people searched for ways to give to the Santiam Canyon communities. 

Locals gathered together to form the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund (SCWRF), a non-profit that would ensure donations are used locally for Santiam Canyon wildfire survivors. 

Building contractors and other SEDCOR members reached out with compassionate, generous hearts in an effort to provide help in rebuilding in the Santiam Canyon. If you’re wondering where you fit in and how you can help, here are some ideas:

Would you like to give financially? 

Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund 

The goal of the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund is to connect families in need, to people who can give. The Santiam Service Integration Team (SIT) at Santiam Hospital serves as a go-between. All monetary donations made directly to the Fund are tax-deductible, as the fund is established with 501©3 status and held in a local account at Columbia Bank. 

All monies contributed to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund will be distributed specifically to meet the needs of Santiam Canyon residents until fund exhaustion. Distribution of funds is overseen by a collaborative group of community members already vested in the SIT network.

People with immediate emergency needs will continue to go through SIT, a team that is ready to serve as a safety net by facilitating resources and information for individuals and families in the Santiam Canyon region.

Residents and evacuees looking for phase two recovery and rebuild assistance, should contact this Fund. Information on the available current round of grant funding is detailed on the Fund’s website along with instructions on how to apply for a grant.

For more information, visit or 

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley 

Another option to give financially is through the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. The United Way is accepting financial donations (no longer taking supplies). Donations go toward fulfilling unmet needs of wildfire impacted residents and to support the infrastructure needed to sustain long-term wildfire recovery efforts, such as web page development and staffing support for relief agencies. The group is delivering supplies directly to locations within the Canyon: Gates, Sublimity and Mill City. For more information, visit or email

Wildfire Needy Kids Fund 

From United Healthcare Press Release:

“In the days after the wildfire, several people reached out to donate to our students, which led to the creation of the Wildfire Needy Kids Fund,” said Angela Rasmussen, principal of Santiam Jr./Sr. High School. 

If you would like to contribute to the Wildfire Needy Kids Fund, mail donations to: Santiam Jr/Sr High School, P.O. Box 199, Mill City, OR 97360. Please write “Wildfire Needy Kids Fund” in the memo line. You can also click here to make an online donation or contact the school district by calling 503.897.2311.

Detroit Wildfire Relief Fund
A fund specific to the Detroit, Oregon community was established to assist in the rebuild of Detroit, Oregon’s community and infrastructure. One hundred percent of the proceeds donated here will go to the Detroit Wildfire Relief Fund.

Would you like to help rebuild the Santiam Canyon?

Santiam Rebuild Coalition

Are you a professional contractor or someone who might be able to help in the physical rebuilding of the Canyon? The Santiam Rebuild Coalition, brainchild of Nick Harville, SEDCOR’s Business Retention and Expansion Manager for Marion County, is a collection of businesses, nonprofits, and government officials whose mission is to provide resources to help cities and residents efficiently and safely rebuild. 

The Santiam Rebuild Coalition formed to come up with practical solutions that help Canyon residents in their rebuilding process. As a local, professional resource, this coalition of contractors, builders, excavators, electricians, plumbers, material supplies, and government representatives is helping the Santiam Canyon community evaluate and address its rebuilding needs. The Coalition is working on creating a database so Canyon residents can connect directly with someone they can trust. 

For more information, visit To join the Santiam Rebuild Coalition, contact Nick Harville at

Would you like to donate supplies? 

Santiam SIT

Are you interested in donating supplies for basic needs? The Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund and (SIT) are coordinating a list of items needed. Each day the inventory is assessed and the donation needs list is updated. SIT emphasizes the need for gas cards, pre-paid debit cards and gift cards. Check out the list here on Signup Genius

Marion Polk Food Share

The Marion Polk Food Share needs your help. This has been an unprecedented year with the pandemic and wildfires bringing food insecurity into the lives of individuals and families in record numbers. How can you help? 

  • Drive the 5 – Donate the top five requested food items that make the biggest impact: peanut butter, tuna, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits and boxed oats or cereal. Current information on drop sites, hours and covid protocols can be found on the Marion Polk Food Share website.
  • Financial gifts – Consider a gift as part of the Holiday Match program. Every dollar you give through December 31 will be doubled to provide six meals for families. A $10 donation means you’re helping provide meals for 60 people. This program is being offered thanks to a $100,000 matching gift from the Brenden Family Foundation.

The Food Share collects and distributes food to a network of more than 100 partner agencies throughout Marion and Polk counties. Support from the community makes it possible for the Food Share to distribute food to meal sites, food pantries, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters and senior housing sites across the Mid-Valley. For more information visit