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Fire Relief Donations & Resources

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Destructive fires in across the Big Country have burned thousands of acres and destroyed homes and other buildings. This page provides information on where to donate and where those in need can find resources.

Ways to Give

Big Country Fire Relief Fund

The Big Country Fire Relief Fund provides grants to volunteer fire departments who have tirelessly been working to contain and put out the fires and the nonprofits/churches serving the people affected by the fires. 100% of funds raised will be granted out to support these relief efforts.

  • Donate online here or at the button below.
  • To donate via check, make checks out to "Community Foundation of Abilene" with the "Big Country Fire Relief" in the memo.
  • Mail checks to the Community Foundation of Abilene at PO Box 1001, Abilene, TX 79604.


Resources for People Needing Assistance

People in need of immediate assistance can find updated resources at the Big Country VOAD website or by calling 211.


How Donations are Used

Donations will go out as grants to organizations serving the affected communities. Some grants will go to volunteer fire departments to meet their needs, and some grants will go to nonprofits that will use the funds to provide aid to people who need it. The Community Foundation of Abilene does not plan to give funds directly to individuals at this time. Some funds will, however, be quickly deployed to meet urgent needs (see below).

Why give to the relief funds instead of directly to organizations in those communities? It streamlines the process and ensures donations can be used in the most effective way possible, where they are needed most.

Our team is actively working with agencies on the ground in the affected areas to determine when and where to begin deploying grant dollars. Grants will go out in two phases:

  1. Immediate relief needs: Some grants will go out within hours to organizations helping people who need immediate assistance. Examples of immediate relief may include gift cards to help families pay for food and other essential needs; money for rental assistance and temporary lodging; etc.
  2. Long-term recovery needs: Other grants will go out during the recovery phase to meet long-term needs for those most greatly impacted. Donations will not be parked for an extended period of time without a purpose. Some donations will, however, be used in the weeks and months following the fires to help with the rebuilding process and ensure needs are met for those who experience major loss.