OUR MISSION: To help create a safer community.

Community Assistance Fund

Community Assistance Fund money is available on emergency apparatus, and can be expended as needed when a firefighter or law enforcement officer recognizes a need that needs to be addressed.


Due to multiple requests made by the public to be able to donate money to assist the Foundation and the Fire District in their response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have made updates to our PayPal donation page. When you click on the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page, you now have the option to specify that your donation goes for COVID-19 response assistance. In addition, you may also specify that your donation goes to one of our other programs, such as the Community Assistance Fund, the Art Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund, and others. Or, if you like, you may just donate to our General Fund.

Donations to the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, which are tax-free, may be used in some of the following ways…
Art Johnston Memorial Scholarship

In 1998, a Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter was killed in a tragic fall. In his memory, fire district employees initially established a special fund within the Foundation to assist his teenage daughter with her college education expenses. The Foundation has since built upon this effort, expanding its scope to provide scholarships each year to college students who have chosen to pursue a course of study related to emergency services professions. You can download the application and rules and procedures.

Operation Santa Claus

During this month-long holiday toy and food drive, Clackamas fire District #1 volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect non-perishable food items, which are used to fill hundreds of food baskets for needy families, and donated new toys for children. Donated funds are used to purchase perishable items for food baskets.


This program was established to provide an instant fix when firefighters find children riding bikes, skateboards, scooters, or rollerblades without the proper head protection. The fix is to provide and fit a bike helmet, free of charge, to the child, which ultimately solves the safety concern on the spot.


The Foundation regularly supports community organizations within the county who are seeking to help others. Examples include Meg's Moments, Bloomin' Boutique, and Backpack Buddies.