Project connects those impacted by wildfires with grants
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Volunteers of America have teamed up to support those impacted by the Clackamas County wildfires.
Earlier this month, applications opened for the Jordan Schnitzer Emergency Relief Fund, which was supported by a $250,000 donation from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.
"All of us in Oregon and across the country are feeling such anguish for the hundreds of Oregonians who have lost so much in the wildfires we have recently experienced in our beloved state," said Jordan Schnitzer, president of The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Harsch Investment Properties. "One can only imagine what it is like to run out of your house with what you are able to carry in your arms, knowing that all of your family pictures, mementos and decades of objects that carry meaning can be lost. While we can't replace those items, all of us at Harsch Investment Properties and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation want to reach out, both financially and in spirit, to help them rebuild their lives."
Funds are available for residents of Estacada and Molalla who have been impacted by the fires. They will be distributed by appointment through Volunteers of America's Whispering Pines facility in Estacada, 525 N.W. 6th Ave.
"The opportunity to provide critical relief to families that have experienced such devastation over the last few weeks is so rewarding," said Kay Toran, CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon. "We continue to feel deep gratitude for the generosity of those who have the capacity to help and do! We are deeply indebted to Jordan Schnitzer as president of The Harold & Arlene CARE Foundation and the employees from Harsch Investment Properties for stepping up to provide some relief during a very difficult time."
Grants for each qualifying individual or family will range between $150 to $1,500 based on need. For additional information and an application, visit voaor.org/wildfire.
"There are thousands of Oregonians whose hearts are aching for their fellow citizens. These are our neighbors and friends," Schnitzer said. "We wanted to step up and come through for people. That's what community is all about."
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