Community Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Free Masks Available for Business Employees
The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce is going to be distributing KN-95 non-medical masks to businesses in Warrenton and Astoria -- for employee use.
In an effort to provide these masks free of charge, it is necessary to complete the survey to request the supplies each week. Distribution will begin Wednesday (6/24) at the Chamber.
These items came from the State of Oregon with coordination from the Clatsop County Emergency Manager and are available for member and non-member businesses alike.
Additionally, Clatsop County is organizing the distribution of free face masks to the public that will be handed out at multiple locations on Thursday, June 25. Click here to find the nearest location to you.
Funding Opportunity for Community-Based Organizations
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) would like to extend an invitation for funding opportunities to Community Based Organizations (CBOs) throughout the State of Oregon. CBOs are central to the success of this work to integrate methods, tactics and strategies that are most responsive to the needs of people of color, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, Tribes, Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers and LGBTQIA+ communities.
CBOs have the opportunity to support three areas of work as part of our COVID-19 response.
1. Community engagement, education and outreach
2. Contact tracing
3. Social services and wraparound supports
The Oregon Health Authority is committed to engaging with Community Based Organizations and the communities you serve to ensure all members of our community receive information, services and resources in the most responsible way. We know of the current fear and misinformation about the coronavirus within the community. We’d like the opportunity to work alongside you to provide the public facts and support, so that they feel prepared to handle the coronavirus.
Clatsop County - Grant program aimed at local coronavirus impacts
April 15, 2020 Clatsop County will provide assistance to those hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
At a work session Tuesday the Board of Commissioners expressed support for a program that will allocate $50,000 for grants to local non-profit organizations providing services to people in need of housing, food and utility assistance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the disruptions it has caused.
Along with the grant program, the county will also provide another $50,000 to three local agencies that serve vulnerable local populations: The Harbor, Helping Hands and Clatsop Community Action.
The small-grant program will make disbursements of up to $10,000 to organizations providing help with transitional and shelter housing, services to the unsheltered and assistance with rent, food and utility bills.
Qualifying organizations are invited to submit applications for grants, which will be reviewed by county staff and forwarded to the Board of Commissioners for action. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30.
United Way Establishes COVID-19 Relief Fund
The United Way of Clatsop County has established the UWCC Covid-19 Response Fund to help combat the impact of the challenging global pandemic that is now reaching into our community. The goal of the fund is to immediately help the region’s health and human service organizations meet the most critical needs caused by the pandemic. To initiate the fund, the UWCC is honored to announce the US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association Lower Columbia River Chapter made the first community contribution with a donation of $10,000. Read more in the press release.
North Coast Food Web Fundraising for Relief Grant
North Coast Food Web is fundraising for a Grant Fund to help keep Local Food Producers afloat during COVID-19. We need our local farmers and food producers to make it through this crisis, but we know many are small businesses with tight margins. We hope to raise $5,000 to give out 5, $1,000 mini-grants so that food producers can survive and continue to operate as we move into the agricultural season. Find more information on the NCFW website.
Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund
Oregon Community Foundation launched a philanthropic fund to support Oregon’s small business owners as they grapple with the realities of severely constricted economic activity during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Seeded with a $300,000 investment from OCF, the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund provides emergency capital to nonprofit community lenders in both urban and rural communities, increasing these lenders’ capacity to offer low-interest and no-interest loans and technical assistance to small businesses. Small businesses dealing with reduced sales and revenue can use the loans to continue to retain employees until economic activity picks up in a few months.
The Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund will provide funds to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that provide loans or grants to small businesses. Go to fund information here.
Oregon Community Recovery Fund
Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund is rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis to organizations providing: Basic needs; Jobs and economy; Childcare; Social and emotional needs; school closures.
Nonprofits: Read funding guidelines and apply for grants through theOregon Community Recovery Grant Program here.
Fibre Federal Credit Union and TLC - Donations to assist school meal programs
Fibre Federal Credit Union and TLC will donate up to $55,000 to assist school meal programs amid the COVID-19 school closures to help ensure students who rely on school meals don’t go hungry. The funds will be disbursed to each of the 24 school districts within our service areas across seven counties. Collectively, these districts serve over 37,000 students. These donated funds will act as a supplement to state-funded breakfasts and lunches already offered by schools.
Would you like to join us? If you have the ability to support local students, please consider donating to your local district. Your donation would help the most vulnerable students and families get reliable access to food during the school closure. Many of our districts are providing additional meal resources and delivering meals to students via busses. The staff and transportation costs for this may not be reimbursed by the state following the closure, which adds a financial burden to our schools who are trying to help the students who need it most. Please note, donations are not tax-deductible. Learn more on the Fibre Federal website - Click Support our Students.