Southern Oregon - Fires

Disaster Relief Dates: Sign-Up Today!


A series of unexpected fires began burning through S.Oregon on 9/8/20 and Helping Hands International assembled teams of volunteers and  started collecting donations to respond!  If you would like to volunteer (either on a Food Distribution Team or Sifting Team) 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 has been assembling volunteers to provide food and sifting services to help fire victims in the Southern Oregon area impacted by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, namely Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, Central Point and Eagle Point etc.  These fires destroyed more than 2,800 structures forcing more than 11,000 local residents to lose their homes, businesses or evacuate.  If you are interested in helping fire victims, please click the Victims 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
Food Distribution Teams: 9/15/20-10/06/20, M-Su, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 

Helping Hands International, Inc. partnered with the Salvation Army at the Jackson County Expo. to serve over 12,000 meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts – THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS WHO PARTICIPATED ON THESE TEAMS!  

Sifting Teams: 9/22/20-11/30/20, M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Helping Hands International, Inc. obtained permission form local authorities to organize and deploy Sifting Teams to Almeda and Obenchain Fire Victims starting 9/22/20 and we have been blessing individuals and families since. We plan to continue sending Sifting Teams out to serve our community through the end of November so, if you are interested in joining us, please complete our online registration form.  Finally, if you know someone who may still need their property sifted, please direct them to our Victims Needs Assessment form at the top of this page and will contact them to schedule a Sifting Team as soon as possible.

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

Food Distribution Teams:

Volunteers will meet at the Helping Hands International (HHI) headquarters (located at 600 Whitman Place, Medford OR 97501) the day before their service event starting at 8 a.m. for training.  Volunteers can expect to receive their HHI t-shirt, a brief overview of HHI and the details required to serve at the Jackson County Expo.  Once this training has been completed, Volunteers can go directly to the Jackson County Expo. to serve at the Salvation Army food trailer on their scheduled date and shift.

Sifting Teams:

Volunteers will meet at the Helping Hands International headquarters (located at 600 Whitman Place, Medford OR 97501) the day of their service event starting at 8 a.m.  Once the check-in process is completed, Volunteers can expect to receive their HHI t-shirt, a brief overview of HHI, and complete a safety hazards training.  Around 9 a.m. the Sifting Team will be introduced to our first Fire Victim of the day and then get in the HHI shuttle bus to drive to the first burn site.  Our Sifting Teams typically serve two Fire Victims/Families a day (namely one from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and another from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.).  Volunteers will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment, sort through damaged property, minister to Fire Victims through prayer, presence and/or sharing the gospel (depending on the situation), and eventually present the Fire Victims with a Helping Hands International, Inc. gift.

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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