COVID-19 Resources for the Portland Community

The Mac’s List team is committed to compiling, curating, and sharing resources for Portland residents, job seekers, employers, and parents. If you have a COVID-19 resource you would like us to add to this list, please send us an email: support@macslist.org.

Resources for Portland Residents

  • Get the latest updates on how you can stay healthy, what the City of Portland is doing to combat the spread of the virus, and updates from Mayor Wheeler here.
  • 211 is the go-to public phone number to get information about coronavirus. Please call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 if you are experiencing symptoms, want to know your treatment options, or for more information about prevention and transmission of the virus.
  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer and his team have put together a comprehensive list of emergency relief resources for the community. Click here to get information on food access, resources for college students, education and entertainment resources, and financial aid.
  • If you’re new to working remotely and looking for internet service, Comcast is offering 60 days of free internet for low-income households, the elderly, and veterans. Continued service is not required, can be cancelled at anytime.
  • Governor Brown’s jobs and economic policy advisor wants to hear from self-employed workers and small businesses about what is happening to you financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Send her an email with what your job is and what your projected losses (based on past income) may be: Leah Horner: Leah.Horner@oregon.gov. Your story will become part of a petition for federal disaster relief. 
  • The Rose Quarter has curated a list of organizations in our community providing food, mental health services, and activities for kids. You can also donate to local nonprofits and support organizations in need.
  • The NAACP has put together a guide to the equity implications of the COVID-19 crisis, you can read that here, or listen in to their town hall to learn more about the impact on communities of color.
  • For veterans, click here for updates on the VA’s response for veterans with symptoms and updates on veterans patients with COVID-19.
  • For more information on the importance of social distancing, read this guide from the executive director of a Boston lab, or this round-up of FAQs in The New Yorker.
  • For artists in our community, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants to provide healthcare services for artists.
    • Click here to find more resources for freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, and more.
  • Let’s come together to support our community! Our friends at Bridgeliner have put together a list so everyone can chip in and help, in ways big and small. Please consider supporting local businesses and showing up for people in need. Click here if you’re looking for resources or ways to support Portland small businesses.

Food Resources

  • Know that pantries and food assistance sites across the state remain open — with increased cleaning and changes in service to help minimize contact among groups of people. The Oregon Food Bank’s food finder has a map of local pantries providing groceries, meals, produce and other free food services.
  • For the elderly members of our community, Po’Shines is offering free dinner for people 65 and older, for pick up or delivery.
  • For those in need, the Portland food community is coming together to provide free meals to the recently unemployed or anyone who needs extra help. Eater rounded up a full list of Portland restaurants offering free meals.
  • Want to help support your local neighborhood restaurants? Consider ordering takeout or delivery from restaurants that are staying open during the pandemic. The Oregonian is keeping a running list of Portland restaurants offering takeout and delivery.
  • Amid the pandemic, local nonprofit Blanchet House is offering to-go meals and continuing to offer essential services to the homeless, low-income, elderly and the vulnerable in our community. Find out their latest updates on COVID-19 and discover how you can get involved to help our city during this time of crisis.

Resources for Job Seekers

  • For the tech industry: if you are a tech professional looking for employment opportunities, or a tech employer looking for immediate assistance, click here to view an updated list of tech professionals who are ready to be hired, provided by the Portland tech startup community.
  • There are many industries that are slowing down their hiring, but there is also a high number of industries ramping up their hiring and looking for immediate temporary or part-time workers. Here’s a timestamped up-to-the-minute guide to who’s hiring now from KOIN. And The Oregonian has a list of other local employers who are seeking applicants this week.
  • Jobsnow.org.  is assisting job seekers in their job search. Though they typically do this through in-person interviews, right now they have a list of resources on their website and are reviewing resumes and thinking of ways to virtually connect with job seekers at this time. Go to JobsNow.org for more information.

Resources for Employers

  • The Oregon Employment Department is working to ensure the health and safety of Oregon workers, job seekers, and employers. Visit their website for more information on unemployment benefits for job seekers and employers.
  • Washington Nonprofits has organized a series of webinars to help nonprofits respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working to provide answers and support for nonprofit organizations in our region impacted by this event.
  • The Portland HR Management Association (PHRMA) has compiled a series of resources for local employers, including articles on sick leave, crisis leadership, and webinars from HR experts.
  • If you are in need of volunteers, or getting the word out about donations, reach out to the PDX Covid-19 Mutual Aid Network.
  • If you’d like to communicate directly with other employers in our community, sign up for BBPDX’s Switchboard. This platform is structured around offers and asks to help connect people in need with real solutions.
  • The Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) is providing bi-weekly updates on COVID-19 geared for Oregon nonprofits and is holding weekly webinars to provide timely and relevant information. Updates and webinar registration can be found on NAO’s Homepage. NAO also has a COVID-19 Resource Page that is updated continuously.
  • Greater Portland has rounded up all city, county, and state resources for businesses in one place: Resources for Greater Portland Businesses.
  • The National Council of Nonprofits has put together a step-by-step guide for nonprofits figuring out their next steps and making critical decisions: Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Resources for Parents

  • For parents who are homeschooling, click here to learn more about Scholastic Learn at Home, a program that’s offering 20 days of free access for up to 3 hours per day. Or sign up for the PBS Daily newsletter to get more ideas for activities you can use for play time and learning time.
  • If you want to know how to talk to your kids about the virus, click here. Or if your family is feeling extra stressed during this uncertain time, click here for ways you can de-stress together.
  • School districts in the Portland metro area are providing meals for students during a closure announced by the governor to slow the spread of COVID-19, here is a list from KPTV of the school districts who are providing lunches and when and where to pick up the meals.
  • If you’re looking to keep your kids entertained and learning, check out this guide to 30 virtual field trips of educational places you can explore together from your couch. Or visit a museum virtually.
  • Due to COVID-19, local nonprofit, INCIGHT, is providing distance learning options for teen students stuck at home during the pandemic. The INCIGHTFUL Transitions Curriculum is designed for high school students who are preparing for life after high school. For more information and for a free demo lesson, go to incight.org/curriculum.