Roseburg Forest Products, in partnership with the United Way of Northern California, has disbursed $121,000 in funds designated to help employees of Roseburg Forest Products in Weed who were affected by the Boles Fire.

Roseburg Forest Products, in partnership with the United Way of Northern California, has disbursed $121,000 in funds designated to help employees of Roseburg Forest Products in Weed who were affected by the Boles Fire.

Funding for the Roseburg Employee Relief Fund was provided by Roseburg employees throughout the company’s operations, and all employee contributions were matched 100 percent by Roseburg Forest Products. Others, including community members, local companies, and Roseburg’s partner and vendor companies also contributed to the fund.

Seventeen Roseburg employees were personally affected by the fire and 15 were in need of assistance to recover. All 15 employees who applied for funding received assistance from the fund. Amounts of funding were determined by an allocations committee that reviewed applications based on established criteria, including individual and family loss and need.

“I am so touched by the outpouring of support from our community and the Roseburg employees throughout the company that stepped up to help our employees in their time of need,” said Weed Roseburg Plant Manager Jeff Scholberg.

When the fire broke out, Scholberg and several of the Roseburg employees fought it side by side to save much of the mill.

In addition to the relief fund, Roseburg Forest Products has provided other assistance for affected employees, including alternate job assignments until the mill operations were reopened and rental assistance for displaced employees.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Roseburg for the administration of this fund,” said United Way of Northern California President and CEO Wendy Zanotelli. “They are an incredibly giving company and have generously supported the community since their inception. It is wonderful to be able to give back to them in this way.”

United Way waived all administrative fees for the fund so 100 percent of donations went directly to the employees affected.

For questions or further information contact Zanotelli at wzanotelli@norcalunitedway.org or 530-241-7521.