​​​​​​We established the OCCU Foundation Fire Relief Fund in Sept. 2020 to support those affected by wildfires throughout Oregon. One hundred percent of the Fire Relief Fund went to nonprofit partners dedicated to providing critical services that aid in rebuilding and recovery across the state.

Thank you for helping us meet the needs of our community with your generous contributions. OCCU Foundation matched the first $100,000 raised, and with your support we've donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to important fire recovery initiatives throughout Oregon.

Together, we met this disaster with big-heartedness, tenacity and through the generosity of people like you. 

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OCCU Foundation's Fire Relief Fund was established in Sept. 2020 and continues to help our neighbors and forests affected by the destructive wildfires.

100% of all donation were restricted to fire relief and recovery efforts happening in Oregon. 

The fund has helped Oregon residents and organizations navigate the rebuilding process, aiding displaced families, connecting survivors to recovery resources and restoring our lands from the fire’s aftermath. 

Funded organizations

  • Cascade Relief Team - To support statewide post-fire recovery assistance and property cleanup. Providing on-site debris removal and resource sharing. Additional funding contributed to support the development and needs in launching the Blue River Resource Center and laundry facility.
  • DevNW - Increasing outreach and communications to fire survivors about the resources and assistance available, as well as supporting individuals with navigating FEMA applications. DevNW supports fire survivors across the state of Oregon.
  • Echo Mountain Fire Relief - To offer direct assistance to 300+ fire survivors in Otis, Oregon through the Lincoln City Long Term Recovery Group Unmet Needs Committee.
  • Food for Lane County - To replenish food at the Oakridge Mobile Pantry and provide direct support to community members impacted by the Cedar Creek fires and power outages.
  • Four Way Community Foundation - To support the various and immediate needs of the Southern Oregon community impacted by the Rum Creek Fire.
  • Homes for Good - To purchase supplies for a family need closet for fire impacted families.
  • LOVEfirst - Supporting Oregon fire victims and evacuees with critical needs and direct emergency assistance. LoveFirst is headquartered in Lane County and is serving statewide.
  • Marion Polk Food Share Inc. - Providing meals for fire survivors of the Beachie Creek Fire and to replaced refrigerators for multiple food pantries after the fires destroyed their equipment.
  • McKenzie Community Development Corporation - To implement the Learning Network Hub, which is a full service online and equitable learning platform to offer free and accessible learning to community members. Additional funding provided to purchase supplies for the organization, and to support the 2020 McKenzie Holiday Lights event.
  • McKenzie Masters Foundation - To make the McKenzie River navigable through the identification and clearing of hazards in the river as well as the boat ramps.
  • Northwest Rebuild Project - Helping fire-devastated Oregon homeowners rebuild through free design and construction documents and rebuilding assistance.
  • O’Brien Memorial Library - Supplying furniture and office equipment for the interim library location after their library was burned down after the Holiday Farm Fires. 
  • Oregon Conservation Corps - Wildfire mitigation work through the investment in cleanup of forest and land debris near homes, businesses and critical infrastructure within Oregon's Wildland Urban Interface.
  • Oregon Parks Forever - Replanting 10,000 trees burned by this past summer's wildfires. 
  • Project Hope of Lane County - Providing essential items, tools, food and resources to Lane County’s wildfire survivors. Further funding helped to rebuild the greenhouse that was lost in fire at McKenzie School.
  • Relief Nursery - Covering the cost of food boxes, helping navigate emergency rental and utility assistance, mental health services, counseling and respite childcare for fire survivors and evacuees in Lane County.
  • Remake Talent - Funding to fill resource and food baskets for fire victims and evacuees in Southern Oregon.
  • Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund - Supporting fire victims and evacuees in the Santiam Canyon region with critical needs and case management.
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce - To provide gap funding to meet the immediate needs of businesses along the McKenzie River that were significantly impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire.
  • Vida McKenzie Community Center - To help cover rebuilding cost off their new community center.
  • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic - Providing gift vouchers to support basic supplies for families in Lane County who have lost or damaged homes due to the fires.

Last updated July 2023

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Mission Statement

Rooted in the OCCU vision, Enrich Lives, and its brand pillars of Member Service, Value and Community Involvement, the OCCU Foundation is uniquely positioned to harness resources to help strengthen the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve.