Coalition Partner Resources
In the midst of our current challenges, there are also unprecedented opportunities! People in our community are finding creative ways to support each other. Here are some steps that our partner organizations are taking to develop community resilience:
Benton County and the City of Corvallis
Working together around the clock in a joint Emergency Operations Center, employees from a cross-section of city and county departments have been supporting our community in a variety of ways. Their Benton County Recovers website provides opportunities to request assistance, to donate supplies, and to volunteer to help those in need.
The County’s contractor, Dial-a-Bus, is helping agencies and their clients by providing rides for vulnerable populations, delivering food, and picking up supplies for all who can benefit.
Local author Gregg Kleiner has written a thought-provoking poem about the connection between COVID-19 and our impact on the earth called “Hey, Humanity, This Is Mother Nature”. It was just published in Grand Magazine‘s spring 2020 issue.
The farmers’ market in Downtown Corvallis is now open! CAFM has a new page on their website called “Keeping markets safe for everyone”. In addition to explaining what customers can expect at the market and what’s expected of customers, it includes a list of online, delivery, and pickup options to obtain local foods .
Our local Economic Development Office is spearheading efforts to support Corvallis and Benton County businesses during the pandemic and as we prepare for the recovery phase. Stay up-to-date with those resources HERE.
The CBC has started selling used bikes online, and they have a stand and tools outside their shop on 11th Street and at both Co-op locations. (Please remember to sanitize your hands before and after using an outdoor stand.)
In partnership with Visit Corvallis, the Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office, Corvallis Foundry, SBDC, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, BAM, RAIN, and Corvallis Business Network, the Corvallis Chamber has created “CorvallUS – Better Together” T-shirts, polos, and sweatshirts for community members to show their support for local businesses and workers on the front line. All profits from sale of the shirts go to the Corvallis Sewing Brigade as they produce masks for those workers.
The Foundry Collective initiated “Let’s Keep Connected” crowdcasts for small business owners, entrepreneurs, service providers, mentors, subject matter experts, or people who just want to connect and help. They continue to provide special presentations multiple times a week. Their “Ask and Offer Help” form is HERE.
The Foundation’s special fundraising efforts during the pandemic are enabling the delivery of supplemental food and hygiene bags for families in need, as well as fresh produce from local farms. Funds will also provide rental and utilities assistance for families at risk for homelessness.
The CSD’s lunch program is currently serving over 1000 students each day. They are also providing food and other supplies to 80-100 families/week, with Dial-a-Bus providing the delivery.
DevNW (formerly Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services) is working with the CSD to implement a ‘knock and drop’ program to deliver school lunches to families in need in the Lancaster Bridge neighborhood.
Our only community-owned grocery store is working diligently to provide the safest shopping experience for their customers. They’re also taking steps to protect the health and economic security of their employees. Read about their efforts HERE.
Although the massage line of their business is closed, they have products for sale by appointment such as cleaners and hand sanitizers. Corvallis First is connecting people and resources through groups like Corvallis Sewing Brigade and supporting other small businesses in groups like the COVID19 Corvallis small biz support group on Facebook.
In response to the emergency needs of our houseless community, G. Christianson Construction moved their scheduled work out one week to dedicate all staff to building FIVE new Micro Shelters. Four of these are now located at the First Methodist Church and one is at the Corvallis Evangelical Church. Watch the delivery of the Micro Shelters HERE.
Grass Roots is offering free direct to home shipping on all orders, as well as curbside pickup for in-stock items. The “Poem-A-Day” that they send to their email subscribers helps connect community members and lift their spirits during this challenging time.
The League’s VOTE411 website makes it easy for citizens to register to vote, check their registration status, and find out what’s on their ballot. It also includes the latest state-by-state election changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in both English and Spanish.
Food boxes for families are being assembled at Food Share’s central facility, then delivered to local food pantries for distribution. Their goal is to provide ~2500 meals/week for our community.
OSU’s Advantage Accelerator supports regional innovation and entrepreneurship. During the COVID-19 crisis, they are still available to provide advice and counsel to startup businesses, and their website lists state and local resources to help small businesses.
We are so lucky to have a robust local food system! The OSU Extension Small Farms Team has been working to collect resources and disseminate those most useful to both farmers and eaters. They put together an FAQ page that’s being updated regularly. Find it HERE.
For the past 6 weeks, Republic Services has been purchasing meals from local businesses for their frontline employees (one meal at work and one family meal to take home), totaling 231 employees and over $50,000 in the Corvallis/Albany/Salem area. Each frontline employee has also received a $100 gift card and will receive one every other week for 8 weeks, with encouragement to spend this money ($92,400 total) at local businesses.
Working diligently to prepare for and care for coronavirus patients in our community, Samaritan is also reducing the spread of COVID-19 by implementing visitor restrictions at all five Samaritan hospitals in Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport. Telehealth and other care options have been expanded to help meet patients’ health care needs during this time. Learn more at samhealth.org/Coronavirus.
The elves in the Softstar Shoes workshop were among the first in our community to produce medical masks to donate to local health care workers. They quickly produced a video to show others how to make masks, too! Learn more HERE.
Staff and volunteers at the food bank are continuing to meet the emergency food needs of many people in our community during the pandemic.
The food that had been prepared for this year’s Sustainability Fair & Town Hall was redirected by Valley Catering to Stone Soup. Stone Soup continues to provide meals to those in need, with Valley Catering preparing the meals..
For community members who would like to support our local restaurants, Visit Corvallis maintains a current list of takeout and delivery available.