VIDA, Ore. -- With the help and support of the community, United Way has been able to raise more than $800,000 in wildfire response funds.
McKenzie Community Track and Field (MCTF), the nonprofit organization that oversees the use of the McKenzie Track, has been given $10,000 of that sum.
Letchworth said that the idea is to convert the 20-acre venue into an RV community. It will give people a play to stay, to learn and feel a sense of togetherness as the winter approaches.
The track is a $1.8 million world-class facility that's in the process of becoming a new home of sorts for McKenzie school staff, students and families.
"We're one fourth-mile from the school, we're a very logical location," said George Letchworth.
Letchworth serves as treasurer of McKenzie Community Track and Field.
"We're going to be pretty narrowly focused on supporting staff and families that are connected with the McKenzie schools," he added.
Relief funds are given to local community partners who can respond and provide quickly during times of devastation and crisis.
"Related to the fire, the track has pivoted really quickly to try and meet the emerging needs of the community," said Jared Pruch.
Letchworth and MCTF are still waiting for final approval from Lane County to create the RV community at the track.