Graham Fire & Rescue Partners with ACU Foundation to form Community Relief Fund

[Graham, WA] — Graham Fire & Rescue responds to an average of 60 structure fires a year, which translates to potentially 60 families who have lost their home or property to a fire.

While there are assistance programs already in place for individuals needing emergency resources, such as the Red Cross and the Department of Social & Health Services, the Graham area does not have local government nor the resources that come along with it.

That being said, local organizations such as the Bethel School District, businesses and faith based organizations work together to meet the needs of families within the community.

“Whenever we experience a fire in our response area we receive an outpouring of inquiries from community members who want to know how they can help the impacted family” said Community Outreach Officer Brianna Baker. “We often refer those individuals to organizations within our community, but it will be an added bonus to have an assistance program set up specifically for fire victims.”

In September 2020, Graham residents were impacted by the 244th Command Fire which burned over 275 acres, and destroyed 5 homes and 10 outbuildings. In response, the ACU Foundation set up an emergency fund for the individuals who lost their homes. Some funds remained in the account after the wildfire victims were helped, which seeded the idea of using the remaining funds to help other fire victims in the area.

Thus sprouted the Graham Fire Community Relief Fund, and the partnership between the ACU foundation and Graham Fire & Rescue to help individuals on their worst days.

The Graham Fire Community Relief Fund is 100% supported by donations, and 100% of the donations go to helping individuals recover from fires.

“We are proud to serve a community who comes together when others need help” said Community Outreach Officer Baker, “and we are grateful to be able to provide this program to our community through partnership with ACU.”

Interested in donating to the Graham Fire Community Relief Fund?

It’s easy: Simply visit any ACU branch and make a tax-deductible donation to the Graham Fire Community Relief Fund through the ACU Foundation. If you have an ACU account, you may be able to contribute through your online banking app.

Graham Fire & Rescue residents who have lost their home or property to a fire can call 253-912-3257 or email acufoundation@youracu.org to receive assistance.