The COVID-19 Pandemic is shifting the way we serve.
As many of you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our region and putting vulnerable communities at risk. The people the Urban League of Portland serves, especially our our elders and those with chronic health conditions- due to systemic racism in the medical system and other historical and modern oppression- are at even greater risk. We are taking our duties to protect our community very seriously. The Urban League is taking necessary precautions to help slow disease transmission in our community. Together with our staff and volunteers, we are doing our part to “flatten the curve” to avoid overwhelming our medical system. This method will help increase survival rates for those in our community who may require hospitalization during this pandemic.
We want to acknowledge that the next few weeks will be a challenge for all of us. This is the first time that most of us have experienced anything like this. We must work together-- not physically though!-- to protect the people in our community who are at greatest risk. The Urban League will provide services differently over the coming weeks to balance the needs of our community with the health and safety of all.
During the week of March 16, 2020 we will provide regular programming with limited staff. We will not hold in-person walk in hours and will maintain at least 6 ft of social distancing, along with enhancing hygiene procedures, to reduce the risk of our community spread. Beginning Monday, March 23, all Urban League offices and satellite locations will be open by appointment only. We are still reachable! You can call us at 503-280-2600 to schedule an appointment for any of the programs and services we offer, you can email us, reach out on social media, call our daily resource warm line (503-280-2600, ext 649) or, if enrolled in a program, just connect with your dedicated Urban League Specialist via email or phone.
We understand that the needs of our community will continue, and so will the work of your Urban League. While we will engage differently for the immediate future, know that we will continue to work on your behalf and have the same goals of empowering communities and changing lives. Our work continues during this challenging time, with the resilience that has guided us through 75 years of service.
In response to guidance from Oregon Health Authority, we are proactively cancelling our planned gatherings, including daily activities at our Multicultural Senior Center, our parenting groups, our upcoming Zumba classes, and our Rent Well series. Look out for each other, see if your neighbors or friends need support, and remember to care for yourselves. Stay tuned to our social media for updates, and please get in touch if you need any support.