Community Wildfire Refuge Support

Community Wildfire Refuge Support

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Support for CORE, Black Thistle Street Aid, & Occupy Medical to continue to provide the vital services to their community in the midst of raging wildfires. https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2020/09/14/holiday-f...

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Grassroots organizations throughout Lane County who share their home with many unhoused neighbors have been providing vital support to their community collectively, including but not limited to prepared meals, mobile medical care, harm reduction supplies, essential outreach, financial support, and grocery deliveries. 

In the midst of raging wildfires, their unhoused neighbors are at the highest risk, and in need of any and all kindness that can be shared with them.

NOTE: We can't access the funds from this fundraiser immediately. Payouts are only available on a weekly basis, and we have yet to reach that threshold - we'll be able to access funds on the 16th, according to customer service. 

CORE has spent $8,093 since we started this campaign getting folks in hotels and meeting critical needs of their community. I'd ask that you share some of your ongoing support here:

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene

CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

Your funds will go to helping this community evacuate, replace their lost and ravaged essential supplies desperately needed for their survival, continued and additional medical care, food, and with any luck, hotel rooms for in safer spaces 

You can donate to CORE's Venmo or CashApp directly, and those funds will be available immediately to support needs as they arise, and distributed among CORE's community of folks involved in providing mutual aid in this crisis! This joint fund will be split between CORE and Black Thistle. Black Thistle Street Aid is Occupy Medical's Outreach Team. Black Thistle, CORE and Occupy all team up weekly to aid their recent partnership to supply medical care, basic survival supplies and harm reduction supplies to our unhoused neighbors

Lane County Mutual Aid Network (LCMA) is also accepting donations at their donor box https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. These funds will go towards fulfilling requests for financial support from Lane County community members who need help with essential expenses including rent, utilities, medical costs and more. LCMA received over $100,000 in requests in August, mostly from BIPOC families and individuals, and has only been able to meet about 5% of that need so far with donations to our donor box and grants from the NAACP. We know that there is a lot more need out there and that people will be needing even more support in the aftermath of the fires. For more information and to contribute to this fund specifically, please visit https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. Check out our Instagram @lanecountymutualaid for updates about supply drives to support wildfire relief. 

It is helpful to leave a comment on your donation; "for wildfire", "for street medic support", etc. If you need a receipt for the donation please email 541core@gmail.com

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene

CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

More about CORE here: 

https://www.facebook.com/COREEugene

https://coreeugene.org/

Lane County Mutual Aid: 

https://lanemutualaid.org/

https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser

IG:https://www.facebook.com/lanecountymutualaid/

Occupy Medical- Black Thistle Street Aid:

www.occupy-medical.org

Donate directly or sign up for monthly donation via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=tzex7kltrQF2iHH3_tWQwj1eULWKmvs-7r2KSHaiQ_wyZGq4e_ad2Ur3JTUDyH0Z9biVmSBFv5p3fXNF&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow us on IG to stay up to date @occupymedical and @blackthistle.streetaid

Or Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/occupy.medical/?tsid=0.5997071289039673&source=result

Or contact Black Thistle Street Aid directly at:

blackthistle.streetaid@gmail.com

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D C posted a new update:
about 2 hours ago

Update #30

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D C posted a new update:
about 17 hours ago

Update #29

UPDATE:
Lane County update: Red Cross has opened up a 90 bed shelter for folks in West Eugene. We are unclear on what the guidelines are and cannot reach staff by phone. We plan on going to the site tomorrow to speak with staff and gather information. We don't want to refer people who are unhoused there and have them be turned away. We want to make sure we giving accurate information to people we serve and that our referral is not another dead end. This can make someone feel hopeless, can be frustrating for the person, get their hopes up and is not helpful. People who are unhoused frequently get referrals/resources from people that are not necessarily accurate and have misinformation. We want to work with people over a period of time. and misinformation can damage rapport. According to the city of Eugene IG they have 2 overnight shelters open (capacity 15 and 16 beds) for medically vulnerable folks only, and that disqualifies a lot of the people we serve. We heard a rumor that the city shelters may have closed, this has not been confirmed and we are working on getting more information. We will put it in the update once we are able to verify.

Update for CORE/BTSA/Occupy:
We had to cancel outreach today due to the weather (predicted thunder storms). Tomorrow we are doing mobile street feed (Erins Kitchen is providing 50 hot meals). We will also be doing street outreach 4 times next week, having the pop up clinic and street feed on Friday.

Since 9/10/2020 we have gotten 43 people, 6 dogs and 5 cats in hotels, and are providing meal support to 53 people. 5 of these people have transitioned onto other temporary shelter. We have provided at least one meal a day to hotel participants (around 505 meals total) 243 snack packs, provided on site medical care, prescriptions, wrap around case management services and resource navigation. Some of the hotel participants have started working, or are continuing to work and a few might have housing opportunities. All of the people we are serving are resilient, kind, brave and continue to persevere through every obstacle that gets thrown their way.

Most of our folks will be exiting hotels on Monday 9/21/2020. This will be a heavy day for all of us, this was never met to be a long term solution but it still is weighing heavy on all of our minds and hearts. The smoke is gone for now, today was the first day the AGI was close to normal. It started raining last night and it has been raining heavy, on and off, we anticipate the rain might ease up a little bit next week. We will continue to put folks into hotels on a case by case basis. We will be also be purchasing outreach/survival supplies (especially winter gear which can be expensive) and in some cases things like housing fees, IDs, birth certificates, etc. people need to meet their goals.

We are honored we have gotten this chance to work with people and hopefully will continue to work with these people we got to meet over the last week and a half. We want to thank all of you who have donated, shared this fundraiser and supported us, truly we could have not done this work without any of you. We are almost to our goal of $25,000.00! Transparency document to come soon.

In Solidarity,

CORE

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D C posted a new update:
4 days ago

Update #28

I promise I'll have a more detailed update coming soon, we've all been incredibly busy, and doing our best to continue to address needs as they arise, and as we're able to. In the past week, CORE has spent approximately $17,000 [made possible in large part through donations on Venmo, and in part courtesy of a bit of flexibility made available to us with a couple of grants] on hotels alone [getting folks into rooms, often $25-$50 deposits for said rooms, and extending their stay through 9/21] while collectively working within our community of mutual aid groups coming together to troubleshoot sustainable ways to help meet people's immediate needs, including filling prescriptions, providing meals, medical care, bringing folks face masks, hygiene and first aid supplies, and more. Right now, we need a moment to regroup and figure out getting folks case management, support to help them sustainably move off the streets, if we can.

We'll have access to slightly less $8,000 of what we've made through this campaign tomorrow, to help get more folks inside for the time being, so please know that your donations are helping, and that we appreciate and need them. <3

For donations that are immediately accessible to us and distributed among CORE's community of folks involved in providing mutual aid in this crisis! This joint fund will be split between CORE and Black Thistle. Black Thistle Street Aid is Occupy Medical's Outreach Team. Black Thistle, CORE and Occupy all team up weekly to aid their recent partnership to supply medical care, basic survival supplies and harm reduction supplies to our unhoused neighbors.

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene
CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

CORE Eugene, Black Thistle Street Aid, Occupy Medical, Lane County Mutual Aid are still supporting folks with ongoing street outreach, supplying them with food, socks, medical care, hygiene supplies, and other needs as supplies allow - [tents, sleeping bags, clothes, etc]

[[HUGE thanks to Laughing Planet, Redneck Organic, Noisette Pastry Kitcken, Erin's Tables, Moon Dog Farms, Party Downtown, Hey Neighbor Pizza, Friendly Street Market, Ginger Roots Farm & Morning Glory Cafe for their meal support- we couldn't do this without you!!]]

Also a big thanks to Lane County Mutual Aid for their support in getting together hygiene and other supplies and helping with distribution of these items!

We're working on a detailed transparency document, to show you exactly where your funds are going, and what is coming out of that.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2020/09/14/holiday-farm-fire-eugene-activists-scramble-help-homeless/5779407002/?fbclid=IwAR1qS2F_SqWc_JcwA9z_7qJ4e1JB3Vby2BTEYRY3lBiY_iJWZ6IwWVXAjS0

Also! Our Amazon wish list for needed supplies has been updated, and hopefully, the issues folks were having ordering have been resolved.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?ref_=wl_share

Grassroots mutual aid organizations are also accepting a variety on more direct support, with information linked below. For the sake of transparency, I'd like to remind folks we cannot access funds from this fundraiser immediately,

Lane County Mutual Aid Network (LCMA) is also accepting donations at their donor box https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. These funds will go towards fulfilling requests for financial support from Lane County community members who need help with essential expenses including rent, utilities, medical costs and more. LCMA received over $100,000 in requests in August, mostly from BIPOC families and individuals, and has only been able to meet about 5% of that need so far with donations to our donor box and grants from the NAACP. We know that there is a lot more need out there and that people will be needing even more support in the aftermath of the fires. For more information and to contribute to this fund specifically, please visit https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. Check out our Instagram @lanecountymutualaid for updates about supply drives to support wildfire relief.

It is helpful to leave a comment on your donation; "for wildfire", "for street medic support", etc. If you need a receipt for the donation please email 541core@gmail.com

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene

CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

More about CORE here:

https://www.facebook.com/COREEugene

https://coreeugene.org/

Lane County Mutual Aid:

https://lanemutualaid.org/

https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser

IG:https://www.facebook.com/lanecountymutualaid/

Occupy Medical- Black Thistle Street Aid:

www.occupy-medical.org

Donate directly or sign up for monthly donation via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=tzex7kltrQF2iHH3_tWQwj1eULWKmvs-7r2KSHaiQ_wyZGq4e_ad2Ur3JTUDyH0Z9biVmSBFv5p3fXNF&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow us on IG to stay up to date @occupymedical and @blackthistle.streetaid

Or Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/occupy.medical/?tsid=0.5997071289039673&source=result

Or contact Black Thistle Street Aid directly at:

blackthistle.streetaid@gmail.com

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D C posted a new update:
5 days ago

Update #26

We currently have 36 folks in hotels paid through 9/21/2020, and are actively working with these folks, with ongoing medical care, wraparound case management services addressing specific needs of each individual we're working with, and of course, meals being prepared and delivered [[HUGE thanks to Laughing Planet, Redneck Organic, Noisette Pastry Kitcken, Erin's Tables, Moon Dog Farms, Party Downtown, Hey Neighbor Pizza, Friendly Street Market, Ginger Roots Farm & Morning Glory Cafe for their meal support- we couldn't do this without you!!]]

CORE Eugene, Black Thistle Street Aid, Occupy Medical, Lane County Mutual Aid are still supporting folks with ongoing street outreach, supplying them with food, socks, medical care, hygiene supplies, and other needs as supplies allow - [tents, sleeping bags, clothes, etc]

Also a big thanks to Lane County Mutual Aid for their support in getting together hygiene and other supplies and helping with distribution of these items!

We're working on a detailed transparency document, to show you exactly where your funds are going, and what is coming out of that.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Also! Our Amazon wish list for needed supplies has been updated, and hopefully, the issues folks were having ordering have been resolved.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?ref_=wl_share

Grassroots mutual aid organizations are also accepting a variety on more direct support, with information linked below. For the sake of transparency, I'd like to remind folks we cannot access funds from this fundraiser immediately,
so if you choose to offer support through Venmo or CashApp, those funds will be available immediately to support needs as they arise, and distributed among CORE's community of folks involved in providing mutual aid in this crisis! This joint fund will be split between CORE and Black Thistle. Black Thistle Street Aid is Occupy Medical's Outreach Team. Black Thistle, CORE and Occupy all team up weekly to aid their recent partnership to supply medical care, basic survival supplies and harm reduction supplies to our unhoused neighbors.

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene

CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

Your funds will go to helping this community evacuate, replace their lost and ravaged essential supplies desperately needed for their survival, continued and additional medical care, food, and with any luck, hotel rooms for in safer spaces

Lane County Mutual Aid Network (LCMA) is also accepting donations at their donor box https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. These funds will go towards fulfilling requests for financial support from Lane County community members who need help with essential expenses including rent, utilities, medical costs and more. LCMA received over $100,000 in requests in August, mostly from BIPOC families and individuals, and has only been able to meet about 5% of that need so far with donations to our donor box and grants from the NAACP. We know that there is a lot more need out there and that people will be needing even more support in the aftermath of the fires. For more information and to contribute to this fund specifically, please visit https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser. Check out our Instagram @lanecountymutualaid for updates about supply drives to support wildfire relief.

It is helpful to leave a comment on your donation; "for wildfire", "for street medic support", etc. If you need a receipt for the donation please email 541core@gmail.com

CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene

CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

More about CORE here:

https://www.facebook.com/COREEugene

https://coreeugene.org/

Lane County Mutual Aid:

https://lanemutualaid.org/

https://donorbox.org/lanemutualaid-fundraiser

IG:https://www.facebook.com/lanecountymutualaid/

Occupy Medical- Black Thistle Street Aid:

www.occupy-medical.org

Donate directly or sign up for monthly donation via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=tzex7kltrQF2iHH3_tWQwj1eULWKmvs-7r2KSHaiQ_wyZGq4e_ad2Ur3JTUDyH0Z9biVmSBFv5p3fXNF&fromUL=true&country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Follow us on IG to stay up to date @occupymedical and @blackthistle.streetaid

Or Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/occupy.medical/?tsid=0.5997071289039673&source=result

Or contact Black Thistle Street Aid directly at:

blackthistle.streetaid@gmail.com

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D C posted a new update:
5 days ago

Update #16

Less than pleasant, but necessary update.

For folks who may have heard that Eugene is opening up spaces for folks in response to the state of emergency in the city, I'd like to show you just what the city is offering.

Absolutely unacceptable.

This isn't being shared with the intent of shaming the city, or to attempt to shine a more positive light on our collective efforts, this is simply to be transparent that this is the primary support being offered by the City of Eugene.

From the OHA COVID-19 Interim Shelter Guidance Statement dated 8/4/2020
"Continuing homeless services during community spread of COVID-19 is critical. Shelters for people experiencing homelessness should not close or exclude people who are having symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 without a plan for where these clients can safely access services and stay."

@occupymedical
@blackthistle.streetaid
and @core.eugene need your support to continue providing direct outreach services to our community right now. Including our goal of providing hotel stays, prioritizing medically fragile and BIPOC unhoused neighbors, and evacuees with no other family support in the area.

AND contact these folks and as them WHY they are in direct noncompliance with the OHA guidelines to continue shelter for the unhoused during BOTH a pandemic and a natural disaster.
And ask them why they have not AT LEAST #stopthesweeps

The Eugene City Manager
541-682-5010

Mayor Lucy Vinis
541-682-5414
lvinis@eugene-or.gov

Eugene Poverty and Homlessness Board
541-682-3798

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D C posted a new update:
6 days ago

Update #15

Alright folks. Bittersweet update.

We can't access the funds from this fundraiser immediately. It's going to be at least 5 days til we can withdraw from here.

Your generosity is incredibly appreciated. We are blown away by your kindness, and truly can't thank you enough.

CORE has spent $8,093 since we started this campaign getting folks in hotels and meeting critical needs of their community. I'd ask that you share some of your ongoing support here:
CORE's Venmo: @Core-Eugene
CORE's CashApp: $COREEugeneOR

or by purchasing directly from our Amazon wishlist, which will be delivered directly to folks - that link is here https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?

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D C posted a new update:
7 days ago

Update #12

Wow wow wow! Thank you all for your generosity! In addition to the 30 people we've gotten moved into hotel rooms thus far, we've started purchasing tickets for folks leaving Eugene.

39 meals were provided to folks tonight as well, including meals being prepared and delivered to folks in hotels who expressed needs.

CORE hosted a street feed last night, with dozens of folks receiving essential services. Outreach is ongoing as well, with critical support being offered.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for for your continued generosity and support, thank you so much!

Additionally, I set up an online wish list for supplies to support our community's essential needs, which will be shipped directly to Black Thistle Street Aid, and distributed by CORE and Black Thistle Street Aid.

Again, we are overwhelmed with gratitude, and appreciate your kindness - please be patient with us as we get things organized for outreach, street feed, potential evacuations of folks who have places they can leave Eugene to go to.

We have a very small team of folks and are working as quickly as possible to offer the support that we can.

Your generosity is saving lives, and we can't thank you enough!

Feel free to check out our online wishlist here also! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?ref_=wl_share

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D C posted a new update:
8 days ago

Update #6

Thank you all for your generosity! In addition to the 12 people we've gotten moved into hotel rooms thus far, we've started purchasing tickets for folks leaving Eugene. CORE hosted a street feed tonight as well, with dozens of folks receiving essential services.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for for your continued generosity and support, thank you so much!

Additionally, I set up an online wish list for supplies to support our community's essential needs, which will be shipped directly to Black Thistle Street Aid, and distributed by CORE and Black Thistle Street Aid.

Again, we are overwhelmed with gratitude, and appreciate your kindness - please be patient with us as we get things organized for outreach, street feed, potential evacuations of folks who have places they can leave Eugene to go to.

We have a very small team of folks and are working as quickly as possible to offer the support that we can.

Your generosity is saving lives, and we can't thank you enough!

Online wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?ref_=wl_share

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D C posted a new update:
8 days ago

Update #4

Thank you all for your generosity! In addition to the 8 people we've gotten moved into hotel rooms thus far, I'm setting up an online wishlist for supplies, which will be shipped directly to Black Thistle Street Aid, and distributed by CORE and Black Thistle Street Aid.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and appreciate your kindness - please be patient with us as we get things organized for outreach, street feed, potential evacuations of folks who have places they can leave Eugene to go to.

We have a very small team of folks and are working as quickly as possible to offer the support that we can.

Your generosity is saving lives, and we can't thank you enough!

Online wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/D8JZLXRASIWW?ref_=wl_share

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D C posted a new update:
8 days ago

Update #2

We have gotten 8 young people into a hotel until at least Sunday! Quick update but thank you so much for this support. The air quality in Eugene today is 485 AGI

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D C posted a new update:
9 days ago

Update #1

We wanted to send a thank you to all of your who have donated so far. We literally are overwhelmed (in a good way) by the support we are getting from all of you. We will be providing updates as frequently as possible. IG/Facebook is the best place to stay up to date on what Black Thistle and CORE are doing. Also if you would like a donation receipt please email 541core@gmail.com.

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