Although the Central Oregon economy may seem poised for a staged re-opening, the crisis is far from over.
The fallout of COVID-19 will hit our most vulnerable even harder in weeks and months and even years to come. And, the challenges that our friends, families and neighbors faced before the pandemic will remain long after.
Local and regional nonprofit agencies are facing new challenges brought about by COVID-19 in delivering essential services to our community’s most vulnerable and meeting their needs.
With these grant funds, we support local nonprofits to adapt. We also help individuals and families in our community who are most impacted by this crisis to recover and to build resilience.
When the pandemic hit, we rapidly shifted gears.
First, we focused on emergency needs and established our Central Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, quickly raising and distributing $135,000 to 29 local and regional nonprofits that were providing essential services.
Then, we pivoted towards ongoing needs that members of our community and the agencies that serve them are facing in adapting to the pandemic by forming our Central Oregon COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund.
“Resilience” defines our ability to manage hardship, cope with stress, and adapt to traumatic circumstances when they occur. Having served our community for 67 years, meeting needs through the ups and downs, we are committed to helping nurture the resilient community that is Central Oregon.
We are building resilience in individuals, families and our community as we adapt to challenges in recovering from COVID-19.