Take Care of Each Other
March 14, 2020
Dear rural residents, neighbors, friends, Scholars and community leaders,
The health and safety of our communities are of the utmost concern during the uncertain and rapidly changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that nonprofits across rural Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, provide essential supports for some of our most vulnerable community members. Thank you for all you are doing to help flatten the curve of this pandemic. Here are some resources:
- Access a list of COVID-19 resources from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, including free video conferencing platforms and event cancellation information.
- Check reliable news sources often, including from the Oregon Department of Education, the Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority.
- Support one another, especially the elderly and vulnerable populations. Check on your neighbors. Introduce them to video calls to help with feelings of isolation.
- Practice self-care for both physical (see social distancing and public health advice) and mental wellness.
Our conference center will be closed for community use until it is safe for large groups to convene. Like you, we are disappointed that conferences, meetings and community events will not proceed as planned. Our staff will continue to be working on behalf of children, families, communities and organizations in our region, primarily online and remotely. We look forward to maintaining our connections with all of you. Our staff can still be reached during normal business hours.
COVID-19 may disrupt your organization’s ability to operate as planned and, consequently, grant-related activities. Learn more about how we are making it easier for you.
Ford Family scholarship recipients
We know the response of higher education institutions is changing rapidly. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Monitoring the situation with our peers
We are in close communication with our statewide partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and will continue monitoring the situation locally and regionally for how philanthropy can respond to community needs.
We’re in this with you, rural Oregon and Siskiyou County friends. Stay safe and healthy.
The Ford Family Foundation