Eugene branch staff donates $10,000 to McKenzie River area fire recovery efforts

Our hearts are warmed by the giving spirits of our community and, in turn, Oregon Pacific Bank has committed to help the communities we serve that were impacted by the Oregon fires. Our Eugene branch has chosen to gift $10,000 to the McKenzie Community Development Corporation to aid in business recovery efforts after wildfires devastated much of the McKenzie River corridor area in September.

The donation will support McKenzie River businesses—with at least half of the donation going toward those efforts—and also aid the efforts of three relief centers set up along McKenzie Highway for families displaced by the Holiday Farm Fire.

Alice Bonasio, Director of Communications at McKenzie CDC, said the donation will make a substantial difference. “Donations such as these mean a lot because they directly enable initiatives that help residents and businesses as they start the long road toward recovery,” she said.

Vicki Gray, Relationship Banking Team Leader, said the branch wanted to support McKenzie CDC because it has “boots on the ground” in the McKenzie River Valley and understands first-hand the effect it has had on local business owners and residents. McKenzie CDC is uniquely qualified to determine how the funding would provide the most value.

“As a business bank and community partner, we wanted to participate in the economic recovery of the area, including that of businesses and individuals,” Vicki said.

Those wanting to contribute to the McKenzie community fire relief efforts can visit https://mckenzierecovery.org. Recurring donations can help sustain long-term recovery efforts. Donations by check can be sent to McKenzie CDC; P.O. Box 406; Walterville, OR 97489.