March 23rd Virtual Meeting On Current Community Realities Summary Notes

NEXT ZOOM TELECONFERENCE MARCH 30, 2020 1:00 PM


BRIEF 
JEFFERSON FUNDERS FORUM DIALOGUE
MARCH 23 2020


SHARED COMMUNITY BASIC LIFE SERVICES CONCERNS: 

  • Shelters, interest to provide longer time in the emergency bed calendar for bed space; providing meals to support social distancing; providing space for social distancing within the shelter locations; providing resources for services adjunct to shelter.
  • Curry County/Del Norte: 
    • Significant isolation from major freeway access for food and services. Community volunteers are in the high risk age category; Food for children out of school for spring break as well as the rest of the school year;Food pantry food supplies in general for needy seniors and families; childcare;
  • Volunteers: Most volunteers are in greatest risk categories how can we recruit others and keep safe those serving.
  • Short term rental assistance: Great need and related to the service industry workforce that is much of southern Oregon and northern California
  • Emergency childcare for medical staff & struggling parents: Another significant need with school out and parents stressed for resources to pay for basic needs
  • Stress/Unemployment/Underemployment and the potential impact on increasing substance use and child neglect/abuse: CASA programs in particular have voiced alarm for out of school youth and childcare needs among families who are already at risk and whose risk will increase.

SOME DIALOGUE HIGHLIGHTS OF RESPONSES UNDERWAY

  • United Way Jackson County: Collected over $78,000 to date for rapid relief and has just spent $18,000. Ja Co. Jail is handing out sack lunches on greenway and resource help. Info on testing. Goals to Keep homeless population as dispersed as possible to reduce spread of contagion. County has Secured minimum of 30 hotel rooms if needed for C19 isolation for homeless. Ja/Jo COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) is active in this issue– many volunteers are elderly, at risk of infection, which complicates delivery systems for Ashland CERT, svdp, and RVCOG meal programs. Trying to enlist RCC/SOU students and boy/girl scouts. Ashland YMCA is paying staff to volunteer. https://roguevalley.recovers.org/
  • Oregon Community Foundation has four priority areas for the COVID funding response: flexibility of current processes; bridge funding for the Arts; Emergency funds for food/shelter/rental assistance; childcare/social isolation/access to food. Special fund set up by larger philanthropic colleagues including The Ford Family Foundation & Meyer Memorial; 

TWO WAYS to communicate with OCF: 1) Simple Online Application 2) via email and can be from the general public covid@oregoncf.org 

  • Initial Funds from the OCF Response Fund are going out this week.
  • Processes are still being figured out. 
  • From Danielle Crystal, Philanthropy Northwest to Everyone:  02:01 PM

Weekly teleconference for funders. Please email me (dcrysal@philanthropynw.org) if you’d like to be added to PNW regional COVID-19 listerver for info and updatesdcrystal@philanthropynw.org

 (Kathy Bryon will also share PNW news to the JeFF email list)

  • Seattle Foundation: has a whole strategy outlined on their websitehttps://www.seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund
  • From Jesse Beason, Northwest Health Foundation to Everyone:  01:15 PM

Grantmakers of Oregon SW has a COVID-19 page and is doing weekly phone calls (Tuesday 10a) and twice weekly emails. https://gosw.org/covid19/Here’s how NWHF’s board directed us to respond: http://northwesthealth.org/covid19

  • From Gina Zotolla & Michelle Carrillo, Wild Rivers Community Foundation WRCF Building Healthy Communities BHC to Everyone:  01:29 PM

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BcRVbD_Q6U2fay0OLSv4QSdW2RbIcJDyyYf6cfCf-oU/edit?usp=sharing

  • Brian Trenkle- Douglas County United Way: Community Response Fund. Working with COAD. Waiting to see what transpires on the federal level before making more plans. roseburgdisaster.recovers.org

SOME IMMEDIATE NPO SUPPORT FUNDER RESPONSE STRATEGIES SHARED:

  • A variety of funders are offering grantees to repurpose funds given for events. 
  • Offering grantees to use program funds for general operating.
  • Offering current grantees funds without a formal application to assist in general operating. 
  • Delaying reports or evaluations until later in the year. 
  • Collaborate on meeting needs. Opportunity to work with Oregon’s Early Learning Hubs to determine for each county the best strategies for supporting childcare and young children and families. 

OREGON AND JEFFERSON FUNDERS FORUM PARTICIPANTS ACCEPTING EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR LOCAL OR STATE RESPONSES

  • Four Way Foundation: Accepting funds for the Jo Co community. 
  • Wild Rivers Community Foundation: Accepting excepting funds for their two county Del Norte, CA & Curry, Oregon & Tribal Lands within that geographic area.
  • United Way of Southwestern Oregon also has an Emergency Relief Fund for Coos/Curry County community partners supporting those most in need:

Emergency Relief Fund

  • United Way of Jackson County: Accepting Emergency funds for Jackson County.
  • United Way of Greater Douglas County: AcceptingEmergency funds for Douglas County
  • McKenzie River Gathering: Acceptingemergency funds for Oregon
  • Oregon Community Foundation: Accepting funds for programs throughout Oregon. Special Arts support program. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OFFERED BY PARTICPANTS TODAY

Non-Profit Finance Fund Announcement

https://www.bloomberg.org/press/releases/nyc-covid-19-response-and-impact-fund-launched-to-support-new-york-city-nonprofit-organizations/    Stay tuned, conversations are happening with Philanthropy NW regarding creating a NW version. 

From Danielle Crystal, Philanthropy Northwest to Everyone:  01:17 PM

Resources here: https://philanthropynw.org/news/philanthropy-northwests-response-covid-19-outbreak

From Amy Drake, OCF to Everyone:  01:17 PM

More on OCF’s COVID response and funding work: https://oregoncf.org/COVID

Chetco Rapid Response Team (Curry’s COAD like team): Convened by Wild Rivers Community Foundation is struggling due to the high risk of infection age of participants. 

From Carrie Prechtel, AllCare (Coordinated Care Organization) to Everyone:  01:36 PM

Jackson & Josephine County COAD https://roguevalley.recovers.org/

From WRCF / BHC to Everyone:  01:36 PM Sending an updated link that isn’t the live document- https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lcEVgb9uPkT5sgxlfiPxzyHycyIINp0u8yZzvsbXCLc/edit?usp=sharing

From Bryan Trenkle, United Way of Greater Douglas County to Everyone:  01:38 PM

Douglas County’s COAD is: http://www.roseburgdisaster.recovers.org  

From Humbolt Area Foundation to Everyone:  01:52 PM

5% of our foundation portfolio is dedicated to low interest loans to nonprofits and we actually made our first investment/loan in Hoopa to build a grocery store near the reservation.

From Susan Fischer-Maki, AllCare to Everyone:  02:01 PM

Emergency Child Care-Collaborative Partners – Regional Contacts List for Early Learning Hubs + Child Care Resource & Referrals  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AuOIAT4JnOYjcwav1dhXwdnAlmto-VvtQVYX5fy91GY/edit?usp=sharing

From Kate Dwyer, Four Way Community Foundation Jo Co to Everyone:  02:05 PM

For assistance with Josephine County and western Jackson County outreach, especially the Illinois Valley (Cave Junction area), the Four Way Community Foundation can help. fourwaycommfdn@gmail.com

From Heidi Binder,OCF to Everyone:  02:07 PM

For local workforce resources:http://www.rogueworkforce.org/resources-in-response-to-covid-19/  

From Jesse Beason, NWHF to Everyone:  02:07 PM

Joint Legislative Committee: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2019I1/Committees/JSCVR/Overview

From Carrie Prechtel, AllCare to Everyone:  02:09 PM

List of JA/Jo agency services updates: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x7jYw5zYZrvfHxBfh7_arebq4xpCxGU18oW4f_zN4Y0/edit?usp=sharing

Created by Courtney Bucolo of DHS

SHARED CONCERNS ON FUNDING EQUITY OF RURAL AREAS 

  • Currently on 3% of philanthropy goes to rural & tribal communities, how will this crisis increase that disproportionality? How can we change that narrative? 
  • How can we ensure that people in rural areas get COVID testing when it becomes available to address fear and the need for us to help one another?
  • Rural nonprofits depend on thrift store revenue, those stores are now closed. How will they make up that revenue?
  • Food is limited in rural areas. Healthy food even more. How do we get supplies to rural areas during this time?
  • How we ensure we don’t increase during this time homelessness? Child neglect? Unwanted pregnancies? 
  • How do we make sure we support disability population during this time, peoples of color and marginalized groups within the region who are further at risk in rural Oregon/N CA? 

ADDITIONAL SHARED CONCERNS/COMMENTS 

  • From Jesse Beason to Everyone:  01:52 PM

Concerns/ issues not addressed as yet- all of the folks ineligible for unemployment: gig workers, farm workers, other contractors.I’m told ODE and school districts are planning for that childcare issue.

  • The future beyond the immediate response. How do we want to prepare and support that future now?

Agreement to meet each two weeks to share info/updates/questions

Monday April 6 1:00 pm

Kathy Bryon will send out the ZOOM link