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OregoniansGive: McKenzie Community Giving

OregoniansGive: McKenzie Community Giving

Whether you were born in Oregon or chose the McKenzie River Valley as your home, you make Oregon and the McKenzie River Valley communities what they are today. We as individuals are the major force in giving to our communities. In 2015 of the $373.25 billion contributed to nonprofit organizations in the USA, individuals gave 71% of the total.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about the commercial aspects of the holidays. On November 29, 2016 there is a national day of giving, Giving Tuesday, and we as citizens have an opportunity to celebrate our generosity by giving to the nonprofits organizations that make a difference in our community. In Oregon, Giving Tuesday is known as #OregoniansGive and is a 24 hour period where citizens give back to the nonprofits that work year round for the community. Would you give to our McKenzie River Valley nonprofits that do so much to make our McKenzie River Valley a great place to live?

In 2015, #OregoniansGive raised more than $1.8 million for more than 700 nonprofit organizations. For the 2016 giving campaign, #OregoniansGive plans to raise $3.9 million in donations and engage more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations. This is the first year for the McKenzie River Valley nonprofits to band together and participate in #OregoniansGive so will you look over the list of nonprofits in this article and give back to our rural communities? Your help can make the first year a success! 100% of donations go to the nonprofits participating in #OregoniansGive.

The current list of local nonprofit organizations that are participating in #OregoniansGive 2016 are:

If you have questions about any of the nonprofits above, please use the contact information to get in touch with a representative. On November 29, you can go to to donate to these McKenzie nonprofits!

Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in Volunteering?

At the recent Chili Cook-Off, a volunteer interest survey was distributed. The survey allows folks a chance to articulate their interests and in turn, match them with volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, feel free to fill out this survey and we can support you in finding the right opportunity for your interests! If your organization or group is seeking additional volunteers, contact us at to let us know of the opportunity!

Chili Cook-Off

Join us at a Chili Cook-Off! Following our three community outreach meetings, the McKenzie Action Team invites you to hear ideas shared at recent meetings while we discussing next steps. Enjoy great food, discussion and music!

Chili Cook-Off Flyer

Fire Burn Ban

Waste disposal may be restricted entirely via a disposal ban. The most common and widespread such standard is a prohibition on littering. Where a jurisdiction has authorized a specific place or system for trash collection, deposition or abandonment of trash elsewhere may be subject to civil or criminal penalties

Fire Crews Shorthanded

Fire Crews Shorthanded


LEABURG, Ore. — A fatal wreck on the McKenzie Highway was one of four major calls in McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s District in a five hour time period Thursday.

Crews were pushed to their max figuring out how to cover all the calls as many crews are out fighting wildfires.

Right now there’s only one paid staff member manning the station for McKenzie Fire & Rescue in Leaburg.

It’s the reality for many stations in Western Oregon as many firefighters have been sent to fight wildfires across the state.

But what does it mean for emergencies in town?

It means relying primarily on volunteers to cover the calls.

Crews are ready for anything but on Thusday they got hammered.

“I got a little more tense than I usually get,” said Lt. Jim Ellis, McKenzie Fire & Rescue.

“Yeah I don’t know if crazy is a big enough word but it was definitely a crazy day,” said Firefighter Aaron Shaw, McKenzie Fire & Rescue.

It started around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

A truck drove off the road, hit a tree and caught the tree on fire.

“We saw smoke and there was a bystander that ran across the road and he was in the process of getting the gentleman out of the vehicle,” said Shaw.

Shortly after — a second crash.

And then a third.

“It was hectic, it was chaotic.What was going through my mind was I sure hope things slow down so I can catch a break,” said Firefighter-EMT Matt Brooks, McKenzie Fire & Rescue.

And just when they thought they had a moment to rest — a fourth call — a fire threatening a station in a neighboring district.

They did this all with one paid staff member and several volunteers to handle the influx of calls.

“With staff available, you can pretty much guarantee a response of trained people. With no staff available, you are organizing and getting a hold of volunteers to see if they’re in district,” said Brooks.

There are four paid staff members at McKenzie Fire & Rescue.

Three of them are currently helping with efforts at the Canyon Creek Complex in John Day.

The hope is they return soon to their families, and to relieve some of the stress for crews in district.

We’re told some of the crews will return from John Day Friday night.

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