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Neighborhood Businesses Step Up to Support Wildfire Victims
Oregon’s historic wildfires continue to test communities already spread thin by a year of hardships. Across Portland, neighborhood businesses made the decision to protect their employees by remaining closed during periods of unhealthy air quality. But rather than shelter at home, many businesses felt the need to do what they could to support the Oregonians most affected by the blazes. Over the past week, neighborhood businesses and their customers have collected countless donations for the victims of this terrible tragedy. You can help wildfire victims by supporting these generous businesses:
Feed the Mass is serving thousands of meals each day to fire evacuees. They are currently accepting donations of produce, PPE and to-go containers.
Travel Portland created a list of hotels offering discounted accommodation for those displaced by the wildfires.
- 42nd Avenue: Metalwood Salvage is accepting donations to be distributed to displaced members of Native Communities and Immigrant seasonal workers.
- Belmont Area: Across all six restaurants, Straight From New York Pizza is donating 25% of online sales to the Northwest Relief Fund.
- Central Eastside: Olympia Provisions donated 1,000 pepperettes to the Clackamas Fire Department.
- Foster Area: Favela Brazilian Café collected food and supplies for wildfire victims; 5 and Dime is a drop-off point for many mutual aid group donations, including Symbiosis and Snack Bloc.
- Kenton: Parkside is collecting donations for Mid-Valley Wildfire Relief noon to 7pm every day.
- Kerns: Sammich is providing meals and supplies for victims of the wildfires. They are currently accepting donations online and via Venmo.
- Montavilla: Hungry Heart donated 15% of sales to Red Cross Cascades and is putting together supply packages with Heart Breaker and Red Sauce Pizza for the houseless community and others impacted by the fire.
- Multnomah Village: Sarah J Handmade collected 3 trucks worth of donations for families of the Ashland and Phoenix School District Fire evacuees; Village Family Dental collected donations for the United Way hub currently sheltering evacuees in Salem.
- Northwest District: Bar West collected supplies and sent a completely packed UHaul to the devastated and incredibly grateful communities of Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix.
- Pearl District: Keen Footwear is donating 1% of all sales at keenfootwear.com up to $20,000 to support impacted communities in California, Oregon, and Washington.
- Stadium District: Portland Gear raised nearly $20,000 for Oregon Food Bank and Keep Oregon Green by selling special shirts and stickers.
- St Johns: Banh Mi Up donated 20% of sales to Feed the Mass and collected food, cooking supplies, masks, toiletries, hand sanitizer and dog food for wildfire victims.
The outpouring of support from Portland’s small business community has been nothing short of inspiring. This list represents only a few of the relief efforts so let us know on Instagram or Facebook if businesses in your district are helping out. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to those in need!