SE Uplift COVID-19 Response & Resources

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SE Uplift will be closed beginning March 13th 2020 until further notice. SE Uplift staff will work from home as needed. All of our duties as a fiscal sponsor will continue as normal. All staff will have access to emails, all of our information is on our website.
 
Many of the meetings being hosted at the SE Uplift offices have canceled or made remote arrangements at their own will. We recommend that other groups who have reserved space between now and the end of month also cancel meetings. Groups that find it absolutely necessary to meet must understand there may not be any staff support or access assistance from SE Uplift.
 
The land-use and Transportation meeting scheduled for Monday March 16th has been canceled.
 
The SE Uplift Board is canceling the April Board Meeting. The Executive Committee and Finance Committee will meet as normal (they are both small groups). There may be a virtual May meeting, there are still conversations happening to determine this. 
 
We are urgently recommending that Neighborhood Associations do not meet as well. If it is imperative that a meeting take place it should happen in a small group in a well-ventilated location. Please contact your SE Uplift Staff Liaison to make arrangements for mail pickup.
 
We recommend that you follow these websites for more detailed public health information:
 
 

SE Uplift is officially recommending that Neighborhood Associations cancel, postpone, or move all meetings through April 28th. 

If you would like to meet, we recommend doing so virtually. There are several platforms you can use to host your meetings. We are recommending: Zoom, and Google Hangouts Meet. 

This is a great opportunity to use your communications funds! Remember, most NAs have access to funding that can come in handy during this time. While Google’s Hangouts Meet is free, Zoom is not if you would like to have a meeting that lasts longer than 40 minutes. You can find information on Zoom pricing here: Zoom US Pricing .

While most bylaws do not explicitly give permission for online meetings and votes, we think that virtual meetings during this time is an extraordinary circumstance and should be the first and only option. 

With the new culture of online meetings, it is important to still maintain safety precautions to uninvited and disruptive guests. While it is important to stay consistent with Oregon Public Meeting laws, there are measures to be followed. Please visit Civic Life’s webpage regarding some tips around web-based remote meetings. 

Advice on Hosting Virtual Public Meetings

Please reach out to your liaison for more information, if you have questions or need assistance of any kind. 

Please visit our elections page for the most up to date information.

We are recommending that Neighborhood Associations that have scheduled elections between March and May 2020 postpone until June 2020. 

If you are concerned about your bylaws and compliance with DOJ standards, please connect with your community liaison to have further discussion. Don’t know your neighborhood Liaison? Check out our staff bios to find out! ( SE Uplift Staff )

If circumstances deem it necessary to have an election in May, we recommend connecting with your Liaison to discuss options and challenges. 

This is a great exercise in how to be accessible, resilient,  and flexible when presented with change. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance, we are ready to help!

SE Uplift Community Liaisons are available for mail exchange by appointment. You can reach us via e-mail, which you can find here: Staff.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, isolation is difficult for all of us. SE Uplift reminds everyone to prioritize their mental and physical health. Go on a walk while maintaining six feet of distance between each other, talk or video chat with a friend, and eat plenty of fruits and veggies while watching your favorite shows! 

With the new culture of online meetings, it is important to still maintain safety precautions to uninvited and disruptive guests. While it is important to stay consistent with Oregon Public Meeting laws, there are measures to be followed. Please visit Civic Life’s webpage regarding some tips around web-based remote meetings. 

Advice on Hosting Virtual Public Meetings

“Beginning April 5th, TriMet will adjust schedules to reflect the reality of dropping ridership, while preserving safety and service coverage across the tri-county area.”

Please follow this link to find out more: Trimet Adjusting Schedules

COVID-19 Economic Stabalization Resources:

This page linked below provides information about economic resources for workers, job seekers, and employers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as more information and resources become available.

Rep. Blumenauer Economic Stabilization Resources

Last Updated: March 31, 2020

 

Need business support? Contact the City of Portland information line at 503-823-4000.
 

While the Small Business Relief Fund grants are now closed.  The Portland Small Business Relief Fund loan program will open Wednesday, April 8 (return to this page for details).  Up to $50,000 in zero-interest loans will be available for Portland businesses with $5 million or less in annual gross revenue.

Learn more here: Prosper Portland Loans