Friends and Neighbors,

I wanted to reach out to let you all know about the new COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program and to ensure you had access to wildfire and COVID resources.

I know these are extraordinary times which is why it is more important than ever that we do what Oregonians do best and come together in support of our community.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you need assistance with a state agency or just want to share your opinion. My email is

COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program

Working Oregonians at the frontlines of this pandemic should not have to worry about how they will pay their bills if they are forced to quarantine. I was proud to support the COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program, and I am glad to report it is now taking applications for eligible workers. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have to quarantine but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave, you might be eligible for up to $120 per day. Learn more about the program and eligibility at

Air Quality

Air quality is at unhealthy levels across Oregon. We are seeing significant health impacts of this in hospitals and clinics across the state. I urge all who live in areas with poor air quality to stay indoors as much as possible. With such high levels of particulate matter in the air, the possible negative impacts on your lung health are dramatic - we will continue to see more asthma and COPD exacerbations, heart attacks, strokes, headaches, nausea and allergy-like responses. We also have every expectation that we will soon see increased COVID infections. Research has shown that inflammation in the lungs makes us more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and also increases the risk that someone with COVID-19 will transmit infection to others. Please refer to the end of this newsletter for more COVID-19 and wildfire resources. Please stay inside and keep safe! 

You can visit for up to date air quality information for your zip code.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist with shelter operation, provide health services (for licensed medical professionals), assist with blood drives, and assist with miscellaneous activities

Sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross here:

To find a blood drive, click here: 

If you know of volunteer or donation drive opportunities, fill out this form to possibly be featured in a future newsletter.

Local Business Spotlight
Local businesses are not just the backbone of our economy, but the heart of our community. It has been devastating to see the impact of COVID-19 on the small businesses of House District 33, and I want to do all I can to support our local businesses. 

That is why I am incredibly excited to be launching a small business spotlight as a recurring feature of my newsletters and social media. If you own or know someone that 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.
Washington County Virtual Learning Assistance
To support schools, teachers, parents, and other caregivers who will be involved with students’ remote schooling this fall, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) has created distance learning resources for grades K-12. Resources include live tutoring, homework help, scads of online reference materials, writing assistance and more.

English Resources:

Spanish Resources:

All online resources are free and immediately available to Washington County residents with online registration.
Stay in Touch!

The best way to stay informed and connect with my legislative work is through my Facebook page (State Representative Maxine Dexter), and my Twitter account (@RepDexterOR), and feel free to reach out to my office at 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



Wildfire Resources

How to help:

Support the American Red Cross 

Support the Oregon Food Bank

Support Wildland Firefighter Foundation 

Support Oregon Humane Society

Complete your Census. The census helps inform future resources to your state especially during emergencies such as wildfires.

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 - 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. (

  • Housing assistance: Community Housing Fund focuses on providing affordable housing and works on community projects. (

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

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

  • 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. (

  • 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. (

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

  • Utility assistance: EnergyTrust helps people save money and energy. (

  • Disability assistance: Plan For Work services help individuals with disabilities and provide different services to those in need. (  

  • Youth assistance: New Avenues for Youth provides meals, showers, laundry, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel. (

  • Community assistance: Oregon Solutions solves community problems using a problem-solving system. (

  • Transportation assistance: Trimet has a reduced fare for low-income rider and seniors age 65+. (  

  • 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. (  

  • Food assistance: Mercy Corps Northwest provides assistance for community members returning from prison. (

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

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