Wildfire Press Release

SPOKANE, WA, September 18, 2020; Innovia Foundation has established the Wildfire Emergency Response Fund – Eastern Washington to provide emergency relief to nonprofit organizations and businesses supporting communities, individuals and families adversely impacted by the 2020 wildfire season.

The fund is seeded with a generous $150,000 gift from an anonymous corporation and a $10,000 contribution from the Disaster Relief Fund at Innovia Foundation.

“The Wildfire Emergency Response Fund will support short-term emergency response and long-term resiliency efforts for those negatively impacted by these devastating fires,” said Innovia Foundation CEO Shelly O’Quinn.

Since the beginning of September, wildfires have burned over 300,000 acres in Washington. On September 7, two rural communities in Whitman County faced the destructive Babb Fire. An estimated 80% of the homes in Malden (population 200) and nearly 75% of the homes in Pine City (population 50) were destroyed. Early estimates show that 2/3 of families did not have home insurance because their homes were deemed uninsurable.

“As a region, we are always better when we come together,” said O’Quinn. “We invite generous individuals to join us in supporting recovery efforts in communities like Malden and Pine City by donating to the relief fund.”

Donations to the Wildfire Emergency Response Fund – Eastern Washington can be made by visiting or by mailing a check payable to Innovia Foundation with Wildfire Emergency Response Fund in the memo. Checks should be mailed to Innovia Foundation, 421. W. Riverside Ave., Suite 606, Spokane WA 99201.

Funds raised will help enhance and support the organizations working locally to rebuild communities devastated by recent wildfires.

In addition to establishing the Wildfire Relief Fund, Innovia Foundation is working in partnership with local communities and key organizations to ensure coordinated grantmaking and is a member of a community task force focused on long term solutions for communities impacted by wildfires.

Innovia would like to recognize the many organizations providing critical infrastructure and support to Malden and Pine City, including:

Greater Inland Northwest Red Cross Chapter;
Rosalia Community Center/Lion’s Club
Community Baptist Church, Rosalia
Harvest Assembly of God Church, Rosalia
Rosalia Gifted Grannies
United Way of Whitman County
The Veteran’s Center
Avista Corporation

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