In recent weeks, fires have upended the lives of countless numbers of people up and down the West Coast rendering them homeless and, in some instances, having to deal with the loss of loved ones from the fires as well.
For the past 16 years, our non-profit organization, Help Now! Advocacy Center, has been based in Medford, Oregon, one of the epicenters of the Oregon fires. Since opening our doors, we have helped over 8400 individuals and families through all types of crises—all free of charge. We now stand ready to apply our 16 years of expertise in crisis assistance to help the victims of these devastating fires. Over 1500 homes have been destroyed as well as apartment complexes, mobile homes, and businesses. Tens of thousands are homeless. And this is just one county in Oregon!
The immediate needs of food and shelter are currently being addressed by other organizations such as the American Red Cross. But once the fires are fully controlled and people turn to rebuilding their lives, they will be in dire need of the type of services our organization uniquely offers. Those that have been traumatized by the fires, particularly the disabled and uneducated among them, will need a trained advocate to speak up for them with insurance companies to assure fair compensation, deal with property appraisers, cut through the “red tape” of FEMA and other agencies providing disaster benefits, etc.
Because we do not charge a fee to clients needing our services since to do so would only compound their woes, we rely on donations to sustain our work. And we are uniquely positioned to help the fire victims because our crisis assistance work has been recognized throughout Oregon.
You can help!
There are 2 ways:
1) DONATE - You can donate funds to our organization to sustain our work as we assist individuals and families thrust into crisis because of the devastating fires.
2) VOLUNTEER - You can volunteer and be trained to advocate on behalf of the victims of these fires. To volunteer go to: https://helpnowadvocacy.org/get-involved/#advocate