We are pleased to announce that we have funded another round of layoff aversion grants to community-based organizations located in Multnomah and Washington counties. We have now provided a total of $430,000 in critical financial support to non-profits in our area so they can continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis.
Round 2 Grantees:
- Business for a Better Portland
- Cascade Aids Project
- Division Midway Alliance
- Friendly House
- Friends of Trees
- Growing Gardens
- Impact NW
- Kairos PDX
- NW Pilot Project
- Portland Harbor Community Coalition
- Rockwood CDC
- Sabin CDC
- Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon
- The Pathfinder Network
- Voz Portland
- Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
- West Tuality Habitat for Humanity
- Bridges to Change
- Campfire Columbia
- Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
- Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest
- Mike Program
- Muslim Educational Trust
Round 1 grantees:
- Oregon Tradeswomen
- Portland YouthBuilders
- Central City Concern
- Human Solutions
- Rose CDC
- Rosewood Initiative
- Professional Business Development Group
- Centro Cultural
- Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
- Unite Oregon
- Airways Science
- Latino Network
- Metropolitan Family Service
- Five Oaks Museum
Worksystems recognizes that community-based organizations both provide community assistance and need community assistance. We must ensure that the non-profit service provider community is equipped to handle the coming flood of dislocated workers and struggling families. These community-based organizations are at the heart of our recovery and must be supported.
" Please know how much this incredible support means for our organization at this time. We really appreciate the assistance." ~Ruben Fonseca, POIC
Awardees were determined using the following criteria:
Only 501(c)3 organizations with services available in Washington County or Multnomah County or both were eligible to apply for these layoff aversion funds at this time.
- Applicants must use the funds to help avert imminent layoffs or furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis, or to bring back workers who have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis. Layoffs or furloughs must have happened after March 15, 2020 or be otherwise imminent.
- Requests must be directly related to business impacts from COVID-19.
- Funds can be spent on supplies, equipment or wages/benefits related to COVID-19 impacts.
- There is a maximum of $10,000 per application.
- Only one application may be submitted per organization.
In keeping with Worksystems' Crisis Response and Recovery Framework, the following organizations received priority:
- Community-based organizations connected to the public workforce system through partnership with Worksystems.
- Culturally-specific and other organizations that focus explicitly on serving communities of color.
- Organizations that focus on serving justice-involved individuals, immigrant and refugees, and/or people facing housing instability and/or homelessness.
- Organizations with 50 or less employees.