During a time as trying as this, it can be easy to forget about the organizations that rely on donations to operate and need our help now more than ever. While we know so many people are struggling due to the effects of COVID-19, others are still fortunate enough to still have the ability to offer support to those in need. If you’re in a position to do so, you might want to consider donating to some of the organizations who are working harder than ever to support and protect those who are most vulnerable right now. Here are just a few of the ones we’re supporting and hope you will to:
Central City Concern is a nonprofit serving adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. They have developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services, including healthcare, recovery and employment. They continue to offer these services in the mist of COVID-19 and are playing a critical role in the lives of patients seeking care, residents in their housing, and the staff who make it all run smooth.
Meals on Wheels is a great organization that delivers meals to older adults in our community. Anyone over the age of 60 is eligible to have meals delivered and the organization is currently experiencing a huge increase in the number of meal requests they receive. Considering how older community members are considered high-risk for contracting COVID-19, a service like this is incredibly important. For those who don’t have families members or friends available to help grocery shop or pick up take-out food, having a healthy and delicious meal delivered can have a big impact.
PCUN advocates for Oregon farmworkers and working Latino/a/x families, working to empower these communities and take action against exploitation and its harmful effects. These workers keep Oregon’s $50 billion agricultural industry (includes total sales and food processing) alive and need help now more than ever to be protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns for the workers in farm labor, canneries, and processing plants are real. Due to the lack of worker protections and benefits, there are many worries on the minds of these workers during such a challenging time.