OCF and Wildfire Relief Efforts

posted on Sep 14, 2020

In the last week, we have all felt the intensity of the wildfires. Many in our family and community are struggling and suffering. Many of us have been sheltered in our homes avoiding the smoke. Some have lost their homes and more. We all are impacted in one way or another. We are all feeling the impacts.

And, as a community, we stay resilient. It has been inspiring to see our Fair Family reach out and step up to support those in need, ready to help community members both physically and emotionally. It’s heartwarming to see how our community supports each other and the greater community around us. I know many want to do even more to support those displaced or otherwise in need.

This past week I and other staff have had contact with multiple organizations including the cities of Veneta, Eugene, and Springfield, Fern Ridge Schools, the Red Cross, United Way, Lane County Commissioners, McKenzie River Trust, UO, Burners without Borders, World Central Kitchen and others, to look at ways we can collaborate and engage in support. I met with Veneta City Administrator Matt Michel. He offered other connections we are exploring. A few of us met with a collaborative team from the United Way Lane County, McKenzie River Trust, and St Vincent De Paul to discuss how we might plug in to the joint relief effort they are running. Stay tuned in the next days and weeks on how we can support that effort. While many in the greater community are stepping up with support in many ways, there will be long term needs and support will need to continue. We will continue to explore options and keep you updated with opportunities for support and engagement.

To those who have stepped up to help, thank you for your resilience and generosity. To those that have experienced loss, you are in our hearts and minds.

Wally Bomgaars
Executive Director
Oregon Country Fair