Santiam SIT

Santiam SIT serves as a safety net by facilitating resources and information for individuals and families in the Santiam Canyon region. The Santiam SIT program was established in 2017 to coordinate community providers and services to identify needs, find solutions, and avoid duplication of services. Santiam SIT continually seeks partners to include local school districts, law enforcement, local and state governments, faith communities, businesses, non-profits, early childhood providers, community volunteers, and other interested parties. Together, we share resources and work efficiently and effectively to benefit those most in need in our community. This network of service providers and community programs is ideally suited to receive and distribute support for the Santiam Canyon residents affected by the Santiam Fire in an efficient and transparent manner.

All monetary donations made directly to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund are tax-deductible, as the fund is established with 501©3 status and held in a local account at Columbia Bank. Further, 100% of money contributed to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund will be distributed specifically to meet the needs of Santiam Canyon residents until fund exhaustion. Distribution of funds will be overseen by a collaborative group of community members already vested in the SIT network.

How SIT Aids Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund in Distributing Help to Those Who Need It

Melissa, Santiam Service Integration Coordinator, is answering some of our community’s most frequently asked questions regarding the role of SIT in conjunction with Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund and how they are able to help those in need with the funding that has been donated by those here in our community.

Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund Advisory Committee Members

Cindy Chauran

Community Volunteer

Maggie Hudson

Member Ex-Officio, CEO Santiam Hospital

Deana Freres

Community Volunteer

Mike Stair

Gates Community Church of Christ

Todd Reeser

Santiam Canyon School District

Jimmy Jones

Mid Willamette Valley Community Action Agency

Troy Gulstrom

Mehama Community Church

Rhonda Wolf

United Way of Mid-Willamette Valley

Ed Diehl

Knights of Columbus, Santiam Hospital Board of Directors

Colleen Bradford

Department of Human Services

Nicole McIntyre

Columbia Bank

Christina Hoeckle

Linn Benton Lincoln ESD

Donated resources will be coordinated through the Facebook Page: Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund. These resources will be matched to individuals and families whose needs will be presented to SIT via the extensive network of local service providers already established in the region.

Santiam Service Integration Program, located temporarily at Anthony Hall can help survivors of the wildfire with the following:

Assist households with appealing FEMA
Connecting households with supports for insurance navigation

Provide disaster case management for families and individuals who have been displaced from their primary residence

Assist in durable medical equipment replacements (eye glasses, wheelchairs, scooters, hearing aids, dentures, etc.)

Apply for Oregon Health Plan on the behalf of households

Onsite services for SNAP (food benefits), TANF (cash assistance), and other state programs.

Assist individuals in applying for unemployment benefits

Assist households in applying for low income housing opportunities

Assist with connecting households to funds for deposit and first month’s rent.

Assist in furniture replacement

Advocate to SCWRF for funding requests beyond our allowable amount

Potential Items available via SIT


Gas Cards

Misc. Gift Cards

Eye Glass Vouchers

Laundry Vouchers


Space Heaters





Hygiene Items


Pet Food

Kitchen Items



Camp Stoves

Baby Items

Toilet Paper-Paper Towels



If there is an item a household needs and cannot find at our donation center, it is possible SIT could offer gift cards to help with those items.

For specific or unique needs, feel free to contact the SIT group at 503-769-9319 or