Did you ever have any idea that we would experience a pandemic? I just didn’t conceptualize this circumstance at all. We are certainly learning a lot about personal strength, patience, and perseverance. And all of us are facing this time with different abilities to cope. Some are better off financially than others. Here in LO there are several ways that you can help, if you are in a position to do so.
The city of Lake Oswego has created a temporary utility assistance program. Starting with a $20,000 fund contributed by the city, individuals are also being encouraged to donate. Donations are voluntary and tax deductible. To apply for assistance, or to donate, you can go to www.lakeoswego.city/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/temporary-utility-assistance.
To help feed local families the city has partnered with Hunger Fighters to collect gift card donations. Folks are encouraged to buy gift cards from their favorite restaurants and then to drop them off at city hall (380 A Ave, drop the cards into the utility payment box in the South entrance vestibule). The gift cards will then be distributed to local families in need by Hunger Fighters. This is such a win-win. It helps local restaurants that are struggling to pay employees and to stay in business, and it helps those who are needing food.
Meals on Wheels has become more important than ever. This program is seeking donations for both their home delivery program and their lunch-to-go program. For information and to make a donation go to www.lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org or telephone 503-635-3758.
Together we will get through this. Thank you for any help you are able to give the community. Thank you for reading the blotter.