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Friends and Neighbors,

Please join me, Representative Helm and Senator Steiner Hayward for a virtual town hall tomorrow, 12/8, at 5:30pm on Zoom. We will discuss our priorities for the 2021 legislative session and take as many questions as we can. If you would like to join, please RSVP below.

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As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you need assistance with a state agency or would like to share your thoughts about the issues important to you. My email is Rep.MaxineDexter@OregonLegislature.gov and my team will get back to you as soon as we can.
COVID Update
Click the picture above to view the most up to date OR COVID-19 data.

As COVID cases continue to rise in Oregon it is crucial that we continue to wear masks, socially distance and stay home to stay safe as much as possible. Hope is in sight and we must refrain from gathering with family and friends until everyone has access to a vaccine. 

Last week the Governor alongside the Oregon Health Authority introduced a new county level approach to easing COVID restrictions based on county risk level. As of today, both Washington and Multnomah Counties are at extreme risk of COVID-19 spread. Here is where you can see what risk level your county falls into, and what the guidance is for activities under that risk level.

Business Spotlight

If you own a small business, Washington County has recently come to an agreement with the state to start issuing state funded grants with a priority on the hospitality sector. The cities of Portland and Beaverton have similar programs, you can read more with the respective links.

Washington County
City of Portland
City of Beaverton

If you and your family are still looking for a Christmas tree but want to support a local area business, check out Nob Hill Christmas Tree farm on NW 26th in Portland. You can learn more here.

If you own or know someone who owns a small business in House District 33, fill out this form to possibly be highlighted in a future newsletter and/or social media post.

Volunteer Opportunities

Blanchet House, a fantastic nonprofit providing meals and shelter for some of our most vulnerable Oregonians is seeking food donations. They accept fresh, unexpired, and soon-to-expire good food as well as home baked goods. Pick up or delivery should be arranged by calling 503-241-4340 or emailing info@blanchethouse.org. Pick up and deliveries can occur Mon-Sat, 7 am – 2 pm.

The annual KGW Great Toy Drive is also in full swing this year. You can buy toys and have then shipped directly to KGW, donate money online, or drop off items at local drop sites. Learn more here.

Stay in Touch!

The best way to stay informed and connect with my legislative work is through my Facebook page (State Representative Maxine Dexter), my Twitter account (@RepDexterOR), and my Instagram account (@RepDexterOR). Feel free to reach out to my office at Rep.MaxineDexter@OregonLegislature.gov at any time.

 

Wishing you all safety in these most challenging times. 

Be kind. Be calm. Be safe. 
 

Maxine Dexter, MD
Oregon State Representative
Northwest Portland to Northeast Washington County

Resources

COVID Resources

  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office has compiled an exhaustive list of COVID resources here.

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1-800-273-TALK (8255)- Crisis Text Line | Text HOME to 741741

  • Oregon Youthline | Call 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863 between 4pm - 10pm to text with another teen.

  • National Youth Crisis Hotline | 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

  • Oregon Partnership 24 Hour Youth Helpline | 1-877-553-TEEN (8336)

  • NAMI Oregon | 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264, email namioregon@namior.org - Live support from 9am - 5pm, M-F.

  • The Trevor Project | 1-866-488-7386 - 24/7 suicide prevention for LGBTQ.

  • Senior Loneliness Line | 503-200-1633 or 800-282-7035 - For Oregonians 55+ years old. Get ongoing support, resources, and listening sessions.

  • Veteran Crisis Line | 1-800-273-8255 - Call, chat, or text options, with deaf and hard of hearing support available.
     
  • Virtual Learning Assistance for Washington County Library members. (English resources) (Spanish Resources
  • Housing assistance: Family Promise of Beaverton is committed to helping children and their families affected by homelessness in the Beaverton area. (https://www.familypromiseofbeaverton.org/#homepage

  • Housing assistance: Community Housing Fund focuses on providing affordable housing and works on community projects. (http://www.thecommunityhousingfund.org/?page_id=38#.Xz9P3S2ZNQI)

  • Housing assistance: Community Action helps pay rent and help to get people in need of housing. (https://caowash.org

  • Housing assistance: Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter serves women in the community who are experiencing homelessness. (https://safes.salvationarmy.org

  • Housing assistance, utility assistance, food assistance: United Way of the Columbia-Willamette provides access to critical services like housing assistance and utility assistance and access to food. (https://www.unitedway-pdx.org)

  • Utility assistance: Oregon Energy Fund is a 30-year-old nonprofit that provides energy bill assistance to low-income Oregonians in support of household stability. (https://www.oregonenergyfund.org/about-us/

  • Utility assistance: Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board provides equitable, affordable, and reliable utility services. (https://oregoncub.org

  • Utility assistance: EnergyTrust helps people save money and energy. (https://www.energytrust.org)

  • Disability assistance: Plan For Work services help individuals with disabilities and provide different services to those in need. (https://www.droregon.org/plan-for-work)  

  • Youth assistance: New Avenues for Youth provides meals, showers, laundry, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel. (https://newavenues.org/our-services)

  • Community assistance: Oregon Solutions solves community problems using a problem-solving system. (https://orsolutions.org/about/what-we-do)

  • Transportation assistance: Trimet has a reduced fare for low-income rider and seniors age 65+. (https://trimet.org/fares/honoredcitizen.htm)  

  • Food assistance, water bill assistance, and grants, utility assistance: Care To Share coordinates assistance to families and individuals who seek emergency food and other basic necessities. (http://www.caretosharehelp.org)  

  • Food assistance: Mercy Corps Northwest provides assistance for community members returning from prison. (https://www.mercycorpsnw.org/work/

  • Food assistance, housing assistance, utility assistance, disability assistance: Department of County Human Services ensures that everyone can reach their potential and contribute to communities. (https://multco.us/dchs)

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Salem, Oregon 97301
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