The Community Foundation of NCW has established a Fire Relief Fund to assist those who have been affected by the devastating fires raging throughout North Central Washington, according to an announcement made today by Beth Stipe, Executive Director of the Foundation.“We are working with our nonprofit partners throughout the region to ensure that there are adequate resources to assist both the short and long term recovery needs of those in our region who have been affected by the fires. In times like these, the people of North Central Washington - a resilient group of folks - are there to help their neighbors. This fund will be used to help both short term immediate needs of fire victims, but also to help long term needs of recovery” said Stipe.In situations like the Charlton Complex Fire, the most effective method of assisting those impacted by the fire is through monetary donations to organizations that specialize in supporting local disasters. CFNCW also encourages donors to support the local chapter of the American Red Cross who is working on immediate needs.“We remain concerned about our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses related to the fires that continue to burn throughout North Central Washington. Our network of nonprofit relationships will ensure that any contributions we receive for the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND are effectively distributed to those nonprofits and groups that can serve the greatest needs of the fire victims in our communities. While we don’t want to detract from the immediate local efforts, we believe we should simultaneously plan and prepare for the long term implications and needs this fire will produce for our region in the coming, weeks, months and years.”To support the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND, donations can be made directly online at www.cfncw.org. Support the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at www.redcross.orgThe Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation currently manages $50 million in assets in over 300 individualized funds and to date has awarded over $30 million in local grants and scholarships and is a National Standards certified community foundation. ###For more information call 509-663-7716 or visit www.cfncw.org.