COVID-19 Update and Community Resources

Posted on March 16, 2020 in CEO Updates

Dear Friends,

The All Hands Raised Partnership continues to be guided by the core value of working together to ensure all children and youth have the opportunity to be successful and contribute to thriving communities. Currently, we are facing a tumultuous time, the full ramifications of which will not be understood for many months.

We must remain connected like never before. We are inspired and humbled by the innovative and responsive work being done by our partners across all sectors. On behalf of all of us at All Hands Raised, we are committed to working alongside all of you, and persevering together in the days and months ahead.

Be well, stay safe, and please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help! We are here to serve and support you.

Lavert Roberton
CEO, All Hands Raised


Community Resources

Not finding what you’re looking for below? An easy-to-use list of Portland Metro Area Resources in multiple languages can be found here, while a more comprehensive list compiled by Earl Blumenauer’s team can be found here.

Have the time, energy or resources to support others? Check out this list of Portland Volunteer Opportunites!



Accessing Food at School Sites: The SUN Service System is keeping an updated list of where families can pick up meals, organized by school district. Click the link called “Food Access Sites” on their homepage.

For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visit

While licensed child care is closed in Oregon, essential workers in need of Emergency Child Care can text “children” or “niños” to 898211 or visit



Rent: In an effort to keep people in their homes through the state of emergency issued by the county, landlords will not be able to evict people who have fallen behind on rent payments due to the pandemic. Additional resources can be found from Community Alliance of Tenants.

Mortgage: Similarly, homeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak should be eligible to have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. Read detailed information from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Utilities: Sewer and water will not be shut off during this time, and are continuing to offer financial assistance to those in need. Additionally, Pacific Power, PGE and NW Natural Gas have similarly pledged to discontinue shutoffs and offer flexible payment plans.

Internet & Cell Phones: New Comcast Internet Essentials customers can receive two free months of Internet service. AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will not terminate services for at least the first two months of the pandemic.



Check your risk for COVID‑19 here.

The Oregon Health Authority: This website provides up-to-date information and resources about the pandemic in Oregon.

Student Health Centers: Any youth in grades K-12 who live or go to school in Multnomah County can come to these Student Health clinics.

Mental Health Tips: This article provides some great guidance on how to manage your mental health, and free crisis lines are available through the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Intervention, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and teen-specific YouthLine.



Find out more information about each of our partner school districts and their supports here:



Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington are keeping an updated list of foundation efforts to support our community, and local filmmaker Jacob Christensen is volunteering his services to help non-profits create 30-second videos documenting their pandemic work.

(This page was updated 5/12/2020)