September wildfires have already ravaged more than a million acres in Oregon, resulting in the loss of many lives, homes, businesses and livelihoods. Entire towns have been decimated and many Oregonian families are devastated by loss. In fact, we know of many members of the Oregon banking community that have lost their homes. Amidst the destruction and heartbreak, it has been uplifting to witness the tremendous effort banks across the state are making to help their communities. From dollars to food to shelter – both short and long-term – Oregon’s banks are going way above and beyond the norm to see their employees, customers and communities through this difficult time. Here at the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA), we are joining Oregon Business & Industry, Oregon Business Council and the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce in establishing a Wildfire Relief Fund to help Oregonians who have been displaced. The organizations will work with local chambers in the impacted areas to determine where funds can be used to have the greatest local community impact. OBA has made an initial $5,000 contribution to the fund. We are asking our friends and colleagues – both individuals and businesses – to make a 501(c)3 tax-deductible contribution to our Wildfire Relief Fund today. Every dollar donated will go to communities in need. To make a donation, visit https://obiref.revv.co/wildfire.