SOEquity has transitioned from providing direct fire relief services to supporting long-term recovery efforts. We encourage anyone in need of direct support to check out the resources at Rogue Climate. If you are interested in supporting fire relief efforts, please visit the Rogue Valley Relief Fund.
Less than 24 hours after the Almeda fire started, SOEquity General Members and Leadership sprung into action. We organized a donation collection site at the Medford YMCA that we were able to move to a longer-term location at Living Waters Church. In the initial weeks after the multiple fires, SOEquity was granted funds to cover short-term hotel stays for individuals who were displaced across Josephine and Jackson Counties. Later, we received a donation of $75,000 worth of gift cards from the Oregon Food Bank to distribute directly to fire-affected families and individuals.
While so much has changed in the six short months since the initial fires, SOEquity is dedicated to ensuring the recovery process is community-focused and prioritizes the people who were most affected, namely members of Latino/a/e/x, low-income and senior communities. We do this by serving on the steering committee of the Rogue Valley Relief Fund and on the Equity Subcommittee of the Jackson County Community Long Term Recovery Group (JCC LTRG). We also continue to run projects that provide direct relief to fire-affected families, such as our Fresh Start Furniture Kit program, as well as support programs that provide long-term essential support to fire-affected families and our larger Southern Oregon community, like the Hawthorne Mutual Aid program.
We proudly support our partner organizations in fire relief efforts.
...and many others!