SE Uplift COVID-19 Response & Resources

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As the state of Oregon continues to open back up, SE Uplift is shifting our policies around our space usage. We are currently allowing small in-person gatherings at our space, with masks still required. We at SE Uplift want to be clear that we are aware that this pandemic, as well as the crisis around justice for Black lives, is still happening. Please keep in mind that this health crisis is disproportionately harming Black, Brown, and disabled communities. We ask that everyone can work together to follow the guidelines for our space.

We will be keeping our staff and our community as safe as we can by following the guidelines below:

Staff:

Staff are onsite at our regularly scheduled office hours (Monday-Thursday, 10:00AM-5:00PM). Staff still work remotely on some days but we usually have at least 2 people in the office per day.

Meetings/Events & Mask Policy:

We recommend continuing virtual meetings when possible, but as of July 2021 we are beginning to incrementally open our space. Please see our Meeting and Events page for the most updated information. SE Uplift staff will soon begin providing resources to the community on running hybrid meetings as well.

Please make sure to wear a mask before entering the building. If you do not wear a mask, you will be turned away and your meeting will be declined. We have multiple staff who are at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

We recommend that everyone follow these websites for detailed public health information:
 

SE Uplift is officially recommending that Neighborhood Associations continue to meet virtually until further notice. We will begin providing resources around running hybrid meetings soon

Please reach out to your liaison for more information, if you have questions, or need assistance of any kind. Also, we recommend that NAs follow these websites for detailed public health information:

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

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

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!

We recommend Safe + Strong for more information about staying well during COVID. This program is very community focused, particularly on mental health and wellbeing. The phone line is 1-800-923-HELP (4357). Information is available in multiple languages.

Please be sure that whatever activities you are engaging in will not put others at risk for getting sick. Follow official guidance (like from the CDC’s website: What’s New & Updated) and wear your mask!

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

As a transit agency, TriMet is still requiring masks per federal requirements. The link below is a good starting point to learn more about TriMet’s COVID-19 policies and schedule: 

COVID-19 and Transit

The Mayor’s Office has complied a list of online resources for those seeking relief from the economic strains of the pandemic. You can view these economic relief resources here.