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Community Impact

Red Cross Cascades Region - Oregon wildfire reliefHelp Oregon wildfire victims by donating to Red Cross

2020 has been a year full of unexpected events, and the wildfires burning across our beautiful state are no exception. Our members, friends, family and communities are being impacted by these fires right now. You can help Oregon wildfire victims by donating to the Red Cross Cascades Region.

The Red Cross is in the middle of the aftermath supporting people who have been displaced by wildfires. They are coordinating closely with partners and local officials to mobilize a massive relief effort and ensure people have a safe place to stay, food and comfort during this time of uncertainty. So far, they have provided Oregonians 4,199 shelter stays, 19,085 hotel stays, and 31,426 meals served.

Oregonians has matched the first $15,000 fundraised. Together we've raised $30,154 for Red Cross Cascades Region as of September 18th. You can donate online or in a branch.


If you want to volunteer and help the Red Cross in this effort locally, you can find information here.

Wildfire Relief Resources

FEMA Registration for Disaster Relief

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that Oregon survivors affected by wildfires can apply for Federal disaster assistance. State and federal officials are encouraging Oregon residents affected by the wildfires and straight-line winds, which began on Sept. 7 and are continuing, to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program for survivors has been made available in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

If you have phone or Internet access, you may register by:

  • Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Downloading the FEMA app
  • Calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech and hearing disabilities. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, seven days a week.
  • Going to DisasterAssistance.gov or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

Small Business Resources

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.188 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail) for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Additional Resources

2020 Polar Plunge Frozen Assets Oregonians Polar Plunge Team Collage

The annual Oregonians Credit Union Polar Plunge took place February 22, 2020. Each year our members and employees make donations, raise money, and even volunteer to take the plunge into the freezing Columbia River all in support of Special Olympics Oregon. This year we exceeded our goal of $8,000 raising a total of $8,430! 

Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) is a wonderful organization that changes lives everyday.  Their mission is, "to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community." Learn more about SOOR.

Thanks to all of our members, staff, family and friends who helped us make this year's fundraiser a success. We look forward to participating again in next year!