Southern Oregon - Fires

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A series of unexpected fires has been burning through S.Oregon since 9/8/20 and Helping Hands International is assembling teams of volunteers and collecting donations to respond!  If you would like to volunteer to help fire victims or give a financial gift, please use the links on this page to contact us.  We are also assessing the needs of our neighbors so, if you, or someone you know needs help, please click on the Needs Assessment button below.  We will continue to edit this page as the situation develops.

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What are we doing?

Helping Hands International is currently assembling a list of volunteers who are willing to help fire victims in the Southern Oregon area (namely Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, Central Point and Eagle Point etc.) who were unexpectedly impacted by fires starting on or around 09/08/20.  These fires forced thousands of local residents to lose their homes, businesses or evacuate.  If you are interested in helping fire victims, please click the Needs Assessment, Volunteer to Help or Donate links on this page.  You can also direct questions to HHI Founder and President, Ron Ashpole by calling him at 541.621.0134 – thank you!

Disaster Relief Details

Cost: Free

Available Disaster Relief Dates
We are currently seeking permission from local authorities regarding when we can begin sifting through fire victims property sites and working with the Salvation Army to determine which food distribution dates need filling at the Expo., where fire victims were forced to evacuate.  However, we hope to begin providing Disaster Relief as soon as on Monday, September 14, 2020.  Thank you for being patient and flexible as we finalize these details.
Overview of Service Opportunities/Activities
Volunteers will be assisting fire victims in Southern Oregon by sifting through fire damaged property, giving gift cards, distributing food at Jackson County Expo., praying for individuals and families impacted and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Typical Schedule

Volunteers will meet at the Helping Hands International headquarters (located at 600 Whitman Place, Medford OR 97501) each morning starting at 8 a.m. to check-in.  Once registration is completed, volunteers can expect to receive their HHI t-shirt, a brief HHI Team Leader overview/training and then be deployed to either our food distribution team (that will be taking shifts at the Expo. to feed individuals and families in need) or our sifting team (who will be going to fire victim homes to help sort through damaged property, give gift cards and minister through prayer and sharing the Gospel).

Lodging and Food

If you are coming from out of town to assist with this Disaster Relief effort, please contact our office at to discuss lodging options.

Items to Bring

Sifting teams will require closed toed boots (no tennis shoes), an N95 mask, work gloves a sack lunch and water bottle; HHI will provide PPE equipment and water. 

Food distribution teams will need to follow the guidelines of the Expo.

Dress Code
  • Long pants
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Sturdy boots
  • Masks
  • No undergarments showing at any time
  • No tank tops, low-cut, scoop neck or tight fitting shirts
Health & Vaccination Requirements

Volunteers are required to have current tetanus shots and comply with any Jackson County Health Department requirements.  We also recommend that you check with your health provider if you have any underlying health conditions which may preclude you from acting in this Volunteer capacity. Sifting through debris and ash is strenuous.

Passport Requirements

Helping Hands International

Helping Hands International is a nondenominational Christian Organization dedicated to sending teams throughout the world to bring help and hope to hurting people. Sharing the love of God through practical help is our primary Goal.

Financial Accountability

We adhere to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Standards and are in the process of obtaining membership. For more information on the ECFA “Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship” Please visit their website at: .

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