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Fire Relief Funds

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Supporting our NCW Families and Friends in Need

We live in North Central Washington because of its amazing beauty, access to recreation, connection to wilderness, and incredible sense of community.

Each year, our beautiful dry lands are vulnerable to wildfires and unfortunately we too often come face to face with them.

The Community Foundation of NCW cares about its citizens across the region and works with local agencies to ensure those who are affected by wildfires receive the help and support they need.

Many areas have been affected by wildfire, so we’ve set up specific funds to ensure your gift helps supports the places you care about. We collaborate with the social service agencies that are directly helping people in need who hear their story, determine their needs, and provide available resources. When there are needs beyond what they can offer, the service agencies come to us with requests to meet those needs, and we use your gifts through the fire relief fund to fulfill them.

Recovery and rebuilding can take a long time. The Community Foundation’s fire relief funds will continue to support fire victims’ long term recovery needs as long as it takes.

100% of your donation goes directly to aid fire victims, we do not charge any administration fee. A detailed tax exempt will be sent to you shortly after your gift.

View a List of Fire Relief Resources


Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group Fund

The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) was formed to assist homeowners affected by wildfires in rebuilding and recovery. The OCLTRG connects fire survivors with Disaster Case Management personnel to find the resources needed to rebuild, including materials and volunteer coordination. Donations to this fund will support rebuilding homes for survivors.

Give to the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group


Give by Mail or in Person

We can accept donations in person at by mail. Make checks payable to “Community Foundation of NCW” and include the fund name in the memo line. Mail/deliver checks to:

Community Foundation of NCW
9 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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    Esther

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    Please send me an address that I can mail my check to. I don’t contribute on line for security reasons. Thanks.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Ester,
      You can certainly mail us your gift. Make your check payable to “Community Foundation of NCW” and write the name of the fund in the memo line. Mail your gift to:
      Community Foundation of NCW
      9 S Wenatchee Ave
      Wenatchee, WA 98801

      Thank you!

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    Ashley Wilkins

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    I’m thinking about doing a drive at my school for the fires. Would I create my own fund or how would I do that?

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Ashley,
      Thanks for thinking of ways to support the fire victims! With the money your raise from the drive, you would simply mail or deliver a check of the total amount to us that we would apply to the fire fund of your choice. It’s that easy! Opening a fund is for people who want an effective way to give back to the causes they love over time with maximum tax benefits. I believe you just want the entire amount to support fire relief, so collecting donations and sending a check is the best way. Let me know if you have other questions!

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    Linda Twitchell

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    May I suggest — get the chambers of commerce of these towns to run a prominent announcement about your foundation and how to contact you.

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    Amanda

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    Good morning – I work for a local apparel company in Western Washibgton. Is there a location to donate new clothing ? Thank you Amanda

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Amanda,
      The only place we know that is accepting donated items is the Colville Indian Casino in Okanogan (formerly the Bingo Hall). You can call them at (509) 422-7478 for more information. Thanks for offering to helping those in need!

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      Daniel

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      Hi Amanda
      My Name is Daniel L Pratt I run the Okanogan Highlands Fire Watch Group on Facebook. Your comment caught my attention there is and will be a need for new clothing in Okanogan County, I am in the North County just outside of Tonasket. Can You Please contact me. 509 429 9473 my cell does not always work, you can pm on Facebook also. Thank You Daniel L. Pratt

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    Julie Brown

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    Does 100% of the donation go to the victims?

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Julie,
      Yes, 100% goes to fire relief efforts. We do not charge an administration fee on our relief funds. Thank you for your consideration of support! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Ellen Ziegler

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    Here in Seattle, I raised almost $2000 in a garage sale! Is it possible to give to a general fund, or should I pick a Complex fire fund? It’s really for whoever needs it…!

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Ellen,
      That is fantastic! We do not have a general Fire Relief Fund, so you will need to choose a fund that is closest to your heart. The Okanogan Complex fire devastated a wider range and they may have the most need, but any of the funds would benefit from your generous gift.
      Hope that helps – thank you so much for your compassion for those in need!
      Jennifer

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    Diane

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    We are holding a concert and auction on Bainbridge Island to raise money for fire relief, and will be featuring local firefighters who participated in the firefighting efforts. We would like to have a display of some sort about the fire; where can we get details on the damages that the fire relief funds are helping to alleviate? Photos or brochures would also be helpful.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Diane,
      We don’t have any materials of these kind, I’m so sorry. You might want to contact a local news outlet to see if they would share some photos with you? As for the damages, I believe the numbers are still being calculated and fire victims are in the early stages of recovery, meeting with case managers to determine their needs. This is a long process, but we will update our website with information as best we can. Chelan Valley Hope (509) 888-2114 and Okanogan County Community Action Council (509) 422-4041 are also good resources to contact for that information.
      Best of luck with the concert, we appreciate your support from Bainbridge!
      Jennifer

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    Nancy

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    A group of quilting friends and I have made new quilts to donate to the families. Where can we send them?

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Nancy,
      How sweet of you! The Riverwalk Church Closet has clothing available. They are located at 208 E Okanogan Ave in Chelan and are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12pm. They are not accepting clothing donations at this time, but they will accept sheets, blankets, and pillows. Also the Colville Indian Casino/Old Okanogan Bingo Center (509) 422-7478 is accepting items of donations and disbursing to firefighters and fire victims.
      Hope this helps! Thank you so much for your kindness.
      Jennifer

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    Diane

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    Thanks for the suggestions, Jennifer!

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    CORY MARTIN

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    I have a pillow top mattress that I would like to donate to a fire family. I live in Soap Lake, WA.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Cory,
      Our foundation only accepts monetary gifts. The only place we know of accepting items is the Colville Indian Casino in Okanogan. You can take them there, or contact them at (509) 422-7478.
      Jennifer

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    Darlisa Black

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    Thank you for creating a foundation that funnels the money where it is needed by families who lost their homes to fires. We are having a fundraiser this weekend, an online Auction… mostly photography, some art. Here is a passalong card on Facebook for those who would like to share and or participate. Links are on the card in this post. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206592719390612&set=gm.458653800973377&type=1&theater

    I live close to Cougar Creek Fire, and ran a facebook fire page for the locals and firefighters. Many people have expressed a desire to help those of you up north who suffered more from the fires than we did.

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    Carolyn Simon

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    I won an auction item, Kissing Lilies, for $40. I messaged the artist but have not heard from him. I do not recall receiving a receipt. If I had, what would be the email address of the sender?
    Thank you for your help.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Carolyn,
      Our office will connect with you directly via email. Thanks you for your support!

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    Sally Lange

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    Hi there, We held a garage sale this weekend and raised $600! I am sending a check for $540 via bill pay and mailing two separate checks payable directly to your foundation. Thank you so much for helping families in need impacted by the wildfires this summer.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Thank you, Sally – that is amazing!! We appreciate your generosity and support!!

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