Pandemic Partners Bend/Facebook
- Meals On Wheels People is a nonprofit based in Portland that delivers meals to homebound seniors and, until recently, also offered dine-in options. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the organization is shifting its focus to meal deliveries and welfare checks, while maintaining social distancing to protect the vulnerable people they serve. Meals on Wheels is also bringing on new volunteers, as schoolteachers and others step up to meet the increasing demand for meal deliveries. We hear about this delicate balancing act from Meals On Wheels People’s chief executive officer, Suzanne Washington.
- Bend pastor Morgan Schmidt started the Facebook group “Pandemic Partners Bend” to “help neighbors help neighbors” during the coronavirus outbreak. A week later, the group has more than 7,000 members and towns around Oregon are asking Schmidt how they can replicate her model. We want to hear how you are helping others and staying connected right now.
Oregon courts have delayed all proceedings except those deemed essential. Restrictions will be in place through March 27 and may be extended. Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton and Metropolitan Public Defender executive director Carl Macpherson tell us about the delays and their impacts.