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Give Back to Communities Affected by Wildfire

Published: April 02, 2021

 

We are so grateful for the fearless work of fire crews, the dedication of volunteers, the support of communities helping neighbors, and the kindness of small businesses who continue to donate their time and resources to help support those affected by the Holiday Farm Fire in McKenzie River.

While many historic and beloved landmarks were saved, there were also many devastating loses. McKenzie River is open again, and the resilient mountain communities are busy repairing and rebuilding. During this time, your patronage and support is appreciated, along with your respect for resident's privacy and grief. Please do not trespass on private property.

Want to help? Here is a list of ways to participate in ongoing recovery efforts that can be rewarding and even tasty! Whether you have the ability to donate money, your time or purchase from businesses who are donating proceeds, here are ways you can be a part of our community's support. We'll keep adding to this list as we learn of more opportunities.

Volunteer to Help Restore Trails and Natural Areas

Make a difference while having fun! Small groups following COVID-10 protocols can dedicate a weekend to rebuilding trails or other projects in the McKenzie River region. Volunteers will have the privilege of interactive sessions with local organizations, an up close examination of the local ecosystem, comfortable accommodations and access to special activities and adventures. Voluntourism packages are coordinated by Global Family Travels, an organization dedicated to using tourism to solve community challenges and connect people with immersive experiences.

Join a small group of eight volunteers maintaining hiking trails in the McKenzie River Ranger District. Help the McKenzie River area recover… More Info
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Join a small group of eight volunteers restoring campsites, installing signs and decommissiong trails as needed in the Mt. Washington… More Info

Visit McKenzie River Businesses

While driving through the region; and being courteous of posted signage, private property and COVID-19 protocols; make the decision to visit the re-opened businesses along the way. Local businesses have faced months of closure due to both COVID-19 and the wildfires, many people have lost homes, storefronts, staffing and inventory. But now they are open, serving delicious meals, offering comfortable and clean lodging, selling artisan gifts and providing local expertise on guided fishing, rafting and mountain biking adventures.

Here some great stops along the way that would appreciate your good will and support:

  • The historic Vida Cafe is a local favorite serving up burgers and homemade desserts. They are currently open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Everyone's Market in Vida and the Blue Sky Market in Rainbow are great spots to refuel at the gas station plus pick up needed camping supplies and provisions.
  • You can get a great cup of coffee in the mountains! Just before Finn Rock, at the site of Iron Forest, is Serendipity Coffee Cart, open 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday through Sunday. Look forward to Pretty Petal Flowers opening a flower stand there this summer!
  • Obsidian Grill in McKenzie Bridge has outdoor dining and across the highway is McKenzie Station Restaurant for indoor dining with a full bar and a big screen.
  • Plus explore more suggested stops on along this suggested Cascade Mountain Road Trip.
Follow the McKenzie River from the Willamette Valley into the Cascade Mountains and discover a… More Info

More Volunteer Opportunities

Katie Juth volunteering at Fire Relief Center
Local realtor Katie Juth volunteering at Fire Relief Center

 

During the fire there was an amazing outpouring of support that included emergency shelters; pet care; and donations and distribution of water, food, clothing and household basics for displaced residents. Meals, medical support and funds were provided to fire crews, volunteers and residents. Even celebrity Drew Barrymore got involved. But just because the smoke has cleared, the work is not finished. Restoration efforts will continue for many more months to come.

  • McKenzie River Trust has ongoing work parties and regional tours. Or you can donate directly to their preservation and restoration funds.
  • United Way of Lane County is also accepting donations for wildfire response.
  • The City of Eugene maintains a list of ways residents can help during disasters. 

Local Businesses Making a Difference

Fire relief supplies at Silke Field by Julia Voigt

So many businesses across Lane County came together to donate supplies, time and funds. Here is a list of some of the wonderful local businesses our community members are thanking for generously donating resources or services to volunteers, firefighters or evacuees. 

Thank you, Lane County!

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Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Content Manager for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.