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Just a reminder that you're all on our minds as we close out another week.
Whether a pantry, meal site, Free Food Market, mobile School Pantry or other program - you are doing amazing work in a time of deep uncertainty. I hope you continue to take care of yourselves and rest, rehydrate and recharge regularly!
And, as National Volunteer Week closes out, a special thank you to all the volunteers who make all this work possible! You are the glue that holds this work together.
Your Regional Network Team,
Help Other Pantries by Receiving Their Extra Food!
OFB runs a variety of programs that operate in outdoor spaces in order to meet community needs where there isn't a brick and mortar option for operations and storage of food. You might know these as Free Food Markets; however, our school programs have switched to this model with the closure of school buildings..
While the ability to operate a pop-up program is great at meeting community needs, it comes with complications of what to do with leftover food at the end. That's where we need your help!
If you are able to accept leftovers (produce and shelf-stable) from these pop-up sites, please reach out to them directly. You can see the sites and details on this spreadsheet
. If you can pick up from them that's great, but onsite staff and volunteers could also likely bring it to your location. Pickup/dropoff would need to happen within the 30 minutes of the program end time.
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon
I highly recommend signing up for NAO's newsletters - they always have great content, but their Coronavirus coverage and resource sharing is impressive! There are several webinars available to support nonprofits through this crisis.
Under normal circumstances, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon. NAO’s mission is to serve public benefit nonprofits by strengthening the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians. NAO’s vision is that Oregon’s nonprofits are visible and valued as essential contributors to society. We are deeply invested in our core values: Collaboration, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence, Impact, Learning, Service and Stewardship.
Providence Community Resource Desk
The program connects individuals with relevant and appropriate resources in their community. This program is available to everyone, and is free of charge.
Some examples of ways the bilingual and bicultural Resource Specialists assist clients include (but are not limited to):
- Signing up for health insurance and navigating insurance and unemployment benefits
- Transportation options
- Utility assistance
- Housing resources
During non-pandemic times, Resource Specialists are busy meeting with clients in-person at our five CRD locations. Due to social distancing, our Resource Specialists are now available via phone or Skype, but have had much fewer requests for assistance. Click here to see the flyer
, and contact Sonya Kauffman Smith
to request printed copies 503-893-7034
Energy Assistance through PGE
Portland General Electric offers energy assistance through several programs. Anyone eligible is encouraged to apply, or call to learn about:
- Flexible payment options
- Assistance for bills in the winter months
- Year-round state funded assistance program
- Grants for crisis situations
How has the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected You and Your Family?
Your story and the story of your community matters — and no one knows it better than you. How has Coronavirus affected those you care about? Are you able to access essential resources like food? Taking action in new ways to support people around you?
Physical distancing may keep us physically apart, but our communities are resilient and we’re coming together in new, amazing ways.
So whether you're volunteering or advocating or receiving assistance, you are putting a face on this important issue and giving it a voice — and we want to hear from you!
Please send a message online or leave a voicemail at (971) 313-8301 to share your story and help us all #EmergeStronger from this crisis.
- Are you in need of additional volunteer support? Oregon Food Bank is offering to pair our available volunteers with partners in the Metro area.These requests can be ongoing or one time opportunities. Please fill out this form to make a request and an OFB staff member will follow up with you!
- Updates to hours/operations: What service are you offering and when next week? Please fill out our form again to let us know of what your hours are/will be and any changes to the type of service you're able to offer. Click here to fill out the form.
- Agency Contact Info Center - This is where you can check to see that we have all the correct contact information for your program, and update it as staffing changes and volunteers rotate in/out. If we can't contact you, we can't help you!
- All other announcements, updates, dock changes, etc are located on our main Coronavirus page, here.
Most importantly, thank you for your continued work and dedication in this uncertain moment. Whether your site is remaining open or has closed, we know neither is a decision you've taken lightly. We're in this together, and together we know we will all Emerge Stronger!
New Agency/Coordinator Orientation
Wednesday, April 29th
2:00 - 3:30 pm
About this Event
This is our training for new Partner Agencies and new coordinators. If you're not brand new, but haven't attended an orientation yet, please plan to attend. We want to be sure you are aware of the ins and outs of our partnership, and this is the best way to ensure a smooth transition. Orientation is required for all coordinators, and currently happening remotely. We will cover important information about ordering, reporting, compliance and accessing support through OFB - especially now that COVID-19 has changed so much about how we operate. We are here to help build your program's capacity, support you in your service delivery, and help answer questions. Please email Emily