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Rogue Credit Union fire fundraiser brings in more than $1 million

With donations coming in from as far away as Europe, a Rogue Credit Union fundraiser for wildfire relief efforts has brought in more than $1 million in just two weeks.

The credit union matched the first $100,000 in donations, bringing the total raised so far to over $1.1 million.

“We are so proud to be part of such an incredible effort,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Pelham. “Rebuilding what the fires destroyed will be a long road, but with the outpouring of support from donors, we will be able to help our community rise from this, stronger than ever.”

Credit union officials said donations large and small have come from individuals, businesses, foundations and other credit unions. They said the relief effort is touching hearts around the world.

The money raised will go to local nonprofit organizations that are working directly to meet the needs of families and communities impacted by the Almeda fire, South Obenchain fire and other local fires.

Local nonprofit groups can apply for wildfire relief grants at roguecu.org/firerelief.

People who need help because of the fires should reach out to local nonprofits, including ACCESS and United Way of Jackson County. The Jackson County Expo, at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, is serving as a shelter and hub for services and information about fire aid.

The credit union is still accepting tax-deductible donations at roguecu.org/community/donate.

Pacific Plaza was among many properties leveled along Highway 99 by the Almeda fire. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch