Ways to Support the Recovery Effort in the Rogue Valley

By David Schmitz posted 09-16-2020 17:11


These ways to support were originally shared as an email from Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent on September 12, 2020.


The impact and losses from the ongoing Southern Oregon wildfires have been devastating. Many in the area, including OSF staff, have lost their homes and all belongings. Many more are displaced and will not be able to return home, possibly for weeks.

OSF staff and resources are now focused on supporting all individuals, families, and businesses affected. Here are some ways you can help! Please consider donating, and share this information with those in need. 

OSF volunteers have set up a donation center at Carpenter Hall, 44 S. Pioneer Street, Ashland, which is open daily 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–8 p.m. Thank you to all who have donated—we’re humbled by the outpouring of support. If you are local, please check this OSF Donations Central page to find out needs before donating.

Our local United Way chapter has started a Jackson County Fires Fund. Donate at: unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/give    

The community of immigrant farm workers in Rogue Valley were severely impacted by the fires. Unete, the center for farm worker and immigrant advocacy, has identified more than 60 families and is collecting donations to be used towards rent, utilities, and food.

If you’d like to donate directly to the fundraising pages for OSF staff who have lost their homes, please check out this list. Thank you to OSF acting company member Meme García for creating this resource and keeping it updated.    

Check out this community-created Almeda Fire Mutual Aid document listing resources for Rogue Valley housing, food, transportation, and many more urgent needs.   

In this moment of staggering devastation, we are heartened by the way our communities are coming together to take care of those in need.

We will rebuild together.