NCW Fire Relief Fund
The NCW Fire Relief fund supports the long-term recovery efforts for individuals families that have been impacted by wildfire across North Central Washington. We work with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations to rebuild homes, structures, and meet other needs necessary to rebuild lives. 100% of your donation will directly support those in need.
How to Donate
- Click on the GIVE NOW button above
- Scroll down to the NCW Fire Relief Fund
- Click on the blue Donate button
- Enter Amount and click Submit
- You will receive an confirmation of your transaction and a second email with a tax receipt attached
Red Cross Providing Relief
Red Cross is operating 6 non-congregate shelters in Puyallup, Tacoma, Spokane, Wenatchee, Selah and Kennewick. Those affected by the wildfires and need help finding a shelter can call various phone lines for each area:
- Benton & Franklin County: 509-820-4170
- Spokane, Ferry, Grant, Yakima, Okanogan, Douglas: 509-670-5331
- Whitman County: 509-670-5331
- Pierce: 571-595-7723
Volunteers continue to support those affected by the wildfires across the state through meal deliveries and responding to incoming calls for residents in need of shelter, health & mental health care, spiritual care, and connection to Red Cross caseworkers.
In addition to the phone numbers above, we encourage people to download our FREE Red Cross Emergency app, or visit www.redcross.org/shelters for follow Red Cross NW on Facebook for additional information.
Donation of Items
Currently only NEW, UNUSED items are being accepted due to Covid. Items can be taken to Focal Point in Wenatchee, September 14-17. Please contact them before you bring your items. View the list of items accepted and other information here.
Resources for Impacted Residents
Certain counties are being designated disaster areas due to the devastating effect of wildfires burning throughout Washington state. The Department of Social and Health Services has updated its Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) to serve people who are impacted.
Households impacted by wildfires in a county designated as a disaster area by Governor Jay Inslee may be eligible for DCAP. Currently, Douglas, Okanogan, Whitman, Lincoln, Spokane, Chelan, Pierce and Thurston counties are designated disaster areas.
To qualify, households must:
- Have suffered losses and live in one of the counties designated a disaster area by Governor Jay Inslee;
- Be living in their home/primary residence (not a vacation home) at the time of the disaster;
- Be unable to live in or return to their home because of the disaster;
- Be a resident of Washington state;
- Meet household net income limits (ranging from $339 for one person up to $1,121 for eight people or more) after adjusting for income deductions including any unreimbursed fire losses; and
- Not have anyone in the assistance unit be eligible for any other program that could meet their needs.
Some households that may ordinarily be over the income limit to qualify for a program like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) could still fall under the net income limit for DCAP, if they have financial losses that will not be covered within 30 days. Allowable losses resulting from the fire for a primary residence, property and/or personal property will reduce the amount of countable income and could bring a household under the net income limit.
The DSHS is updating the program’s rules so that households impacted by the wildfires may be eligible for DCAP even if they received DCAP for the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as they meet all the eligibility criteria outlined above. Households can go to Washington Connection to apply online or call 877-501-2233.
Households that suffer a loss of food purchased with Basic Food benefits as a result of a disaster such as wildfires may apply to have benefits replaced. The loss must be reported within 10 days by calling 877-501-2233.