United Way of Yavapai County has established the Yarnell Emergency Fire Fund to help the families whose Granite Mountain Hot Shot was killed Sunday, and to the residents of Yarnell who lost their homes. Donations can be made in person at any National Bank of Arizona branch, online, or mail a check made out to “Yarnell Fire Fund” to UWYC, 634 Schemmer Drive, Suite 302, Prescott, AZ 86305.
100% of donations will be distributed to the Hotshots’ families and Yarnell residents. UWYC will not take an administration fee from these donations as reported earlier because of the overwhelming response across Arizona and the nation.
“Right now we’re focused on the immediate needs of these families, so we want every penny to be available to them,” said Melanie Jacobson, UWYC executive director. “It may take some time for funds donated to the United Phoenix Fire Fighter Association and the Yavapai County Community Foundation to reach these families.” UWYC will collaborate with these agencies, county and Yarnell officials and other nonprofits to help identify and fund the long-term needs of the families affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire.
UWYC has established the Yarnell Fire Resource Center at The Boulders Shopping Center located at Iron Springs Road and Gail Gardner Way. It is behind The Big Lots store on the south end of the complex. “Due to the incredible generosity of our neighbors, we have plenty of clothes and shoes. Donations of cleaning supplies, bedding, towels, toiletries and kitchen items will be greatly appreciated,” said Ms. Jacobson. White metal objects, computers, TVs and appliances are not accepted at this time. “Once we know what the specific needs are for those who lost their homes, we’ll let everyone know what is needed in the way of furniture and applicances.”