Response to the Roseburg Tragedy: How You Can Help

October 6, 2015

We are deeply saddened by the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015. In the aftermath of this tragic event, individuals and organizations have reached out for advice on how to help the greater Roseburg community. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on the ground in Roseburg are actively seeking ways to assist, including assessing community needs in the wake of this event, evaluating resources across sectors — including strengths and gaps — so that they can most quickly and effectively coordinate and provide support to a community that will need help in healing the wounds from this tragedy for many years to come.

Donations

Making a donation to support response to the tragedy in Roseburg is a way of reaching out and making a direct impact at the community’s time of need. You or your organization can be part of an effort to provide immediate and long-term assistance to the victims of the tragedy at Umpqua Community College, as well the broader community of Roseburg.

If you want to lend a hand, a monetary donation is a flexible, fast and effective way to reach out and help others. Flexibility of monetary donations allows for use for whatever is most urgent and necessary, whether that is victim counseling, supplies or other needs activities. Its impact can be felt quickly – it requires no waiting on shipping or coordinating logistics. It makes aid effective by supplying exactly what is needed at the right time. A small donation can make a huge impact toward the larger goal of providing relief and resilience. Thank you for joining these efforts.

Sometimes figuring out how to help can be difficult and confusing. Our colleagues in Roseburg have made the following recommendations:

  1. The Greater Douglas County United Way - They have created a fund called the UCC Relief Fund. It is located at Umpqua Bank. People can donate through any Umpqua Bank branch, through the United Way website or through a text-to-give number 541-214-2822
  2. The Umpqua Community College Foundation is accepting donations to meet short, medium and long term efforts to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy at the college and in the community.
  3. Cascade Community Credit Union is taking donations. All funds will be used for funeral expenses and helping the wounded.
  4. Rogue Credit Union is reported to be taking donations for the tragedy, however there is no information on their web site confirming this.
  5. A number of the families and friends of the individuals killed or wounded in the tragedy have set up GoFundMe accounts. These funds go directly to the account holder on GoFundMe. Caution should be taken by the individual donating to ensure that the funds go to the intended party and should also be aware that there may be tax consequences for the intended party as a result.

Nonprofit Program Response

Community Health Alliance is offering support for anyone who has been affected at by the tragedy at UCC.  Whether you are part of the UCC community or the broader Douglas County Community, you may be experiencing feelings about what has happened. Talking about the experience after a traumatic event can really help people feel better.

Drop-in Center Locations for those affected by the recent tragedy:

Community Health Alliance (CHA), 272 Medical Loop, Suite E (South side of Mercy Complex). This is a new location and is no longer at Annex B.   Hours will be 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Friday.

The Ford Family Foundation, located at 1600 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon.  Hours will be 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Thursday.

Umpqua Community College (for UCC students, faculty, and staff), 1140 Umpqua College Rd, Roseburg, Oregon, Student Center Cafeteria. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.

As Roseburg continues to process the tragic events of this past week, there may be groups identified that need individualized assistance with helping their staff or community groups work through the aftermath of the tragedy.  In an effort to assist the community with identifying resources available, CHA has established a dedicated phone line for this purpose.  That number is 541-229-8989 or email outreach@chaoregon.org.

The Red Cross is working closely with emergency responders and local community organizations to provide mental health and emotional support, canteening, and address community needs. Trained Red Cross disaster and licensed mental health volunteers have been deployed to support the local community. The Red Cross is providing mental health assistance at the Ford Family Foundation (1600 NW Stewart Parkway), Mercy Hospital (2700 NW Stewart Parkway), Umpqua Community College, and supporting community vigils. The Red Cross is also working with victim assistance organizations to support families affected by this tragedy. The Red Cross has set up a local number for community members in the area seeking assistance at (541) 600-6068.  The Red Cross Safe and Well website has been activated and is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information.

The Roseburg blood collection center has experienced an outpouring of support from the local community. This terrible tragedy reminds us of the importance of maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply for all patients in need. Blood already donated and on shelves is what goes to helping in emergencies. Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment at a blood center or mobile drive.

Lane Blood Center is a local nonprofit (non-Red Cross affiliate) also seeking blood donations in the aftermath of the Roseburg tragedy. The Lane Blood Center supplies blood products to all hospitals in Lane county and services Mercy Medical and the VA Roseburg.  They report their blood supply is greatly diminished because of the supplies needed by the hospitals.

Umpqua Bank is making licensed grief counselors available at their Garden Valley Training Center at 1740 NW Garden Valley Blvd. (across from Roseburg Cinemas) between 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9 and beyond if needed. The counseling is open to anyone in the Roseburg.

Youth MOVE Oregon based in Eugene has sent four staff to Roseburg to provide counseling and peer support services at The Ford Family Foundation and at Umpqua Community College.

Volunteering

In the aftermath of tragedies like the shootings in Roseburg, it is critical that the response for the community is well-coordinated in order to channel support effectively. Well-intentioned individuals lacking technical skills, experience and familiarity with the area can seriously complicate efforts. Those with specific technical skills or experience in trauma counseling who would like to volunteer should contact Community Health Alliance.

We will continue to share information in partnership with our colleagues in Douglas County, The Nonprofit Association of Oregon and the Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington as well as update this page with developments.