There are so many people who are struggling with layoffs, depression, hunger, and more from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a list of ways you can help and show support! (Got any ideas to add to this list? Put them in the comments below!)
Can't patronize your fave restaurant or bar? BUY GIFT CERTIFICATES to either give away or use when this is over. Lots of restaurants have gift certificate options on their websites, such as Boke Bowl, Farm Spirit, Stella Taco, Nostrana, Sizzle Pie, Matt's BBQ, Nong's Khao Man Gai, and so many more. CHECK THEIR WEBSITES AND GIVE.
GET TAKE-OUT OR DELIVERY. While we're still awaiting word on whether the state or local government will temporarily close restaurants and bars, many of these place are still doing take-out and delivery. A few include popular Thai restaurants Hat Yai, Eem, and PaaDee, as well as Burgerville, Lovely's Fifty Fifty, Beetroot, and more.
Many of these places use delivery services like Door Dash, Grub Hub, Caviar, P-Town Couriers, Postmates, and Uber Eats. Again, CHECK YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT'S WEBSITE.
LOCAL RETAIL SHOPS and their employees are going to really need our help, too! And even if you can't go in, many have e-commerce options, such as CBD Hemp Store, Black Wagon (the kids' toy and clothing store, now with FREE SHIPPING), and She Bop (you'll need sexy stay-at-home things now more than ever)! Check out your fave store's website. You can also contribute to the Jade District Relief Fund which supports businesses in this district who have been hit particularly hard by the virus.
VENMO YOUR LOCAL SERVICE WORKER. Even though some restaurants and bars will be doing take-out/delivery, A LOT of waitstaff, bartenders, and kitchen help will be laid off. If you know one of these people, and I'm sure you do, please Venmo or Cashapp them some money to get by on. Even a little will help!
Portland Public Schools may have canceled classes until April 1, but they're still making sure hungry kids are getting fed. From PPS:
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community ages 1-18. Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, and Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations.
PDX Sliders in Sellwood and on Division is giving free food to kids who are out of school. Tell them "school is out" and the meal is free. SUPPORT THESE GUYS!
Laughing Planet restaurants are also giving free meals to kids who are on free or reduced plans. SUPPORT THESE GUYS!
The COVID-19 Oregon Musicians Relief Fund has been set up to directly help local musicians and music industry people who have been directly affected by the virus. DONATE!
The hospitals are going to be experiencing a nightmare scenario very soon, and you can help in a big way by DONATING BLOOD. Book an appointment through the Red Cross here.
As more people are laid off, the Oregon Food Bank will be working extra hard to feed everyone. DONATE TO THEM HERE.
For people who are shut in and vulnerable, Meals on Wheels is their primary lifeline. DONATE TO THEM HERE.
What if you can't "stay at home"? Portland's homeless services are going to be pushed to the max, and we need to help them. Here are a few places that could really use your assistance: Transitions Projects, JOIN, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, New Avenues for Youth, and many more.
This list will be continually updated—leave your suggestions for helping others in the comments below!