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COVID-19 Response

To All Our Stakeholders Regarding COVID-19 

Updated July 23, 2021

The health and well-being of our Corpsmembers, Staff and our Central Oregon communities is paramount, and we take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. Heart of Oregon Corps provides paid job training, education, and stewardship that empowers and inspires positive change in the lives of young people. We deem it critical to offer these opportunities as a part of national pandemic recovery efforts, when it is possible to minimize public health and safety risks while maximizing mission-based outcomes. We believe our local community needs us now more than ever. We celebrate the progress we have made towards ending the pandemic.


Heart of Oregon Corps is now operating all six youth programs this summer. A big welcome to so many new young people joining us to work, earn, learn.

Applications are currently being accepted for 4 of our 6 programs (sorry, applications for summer programs are closed). Youth people should apply now! We are also hiring for several staff positions.  

Our offices are open! Visit our Locations page for office hours and maps.


Vaccination is the most effective and important safety measure we can each take right now. Heart of Oregon does not require vaccination as an employment condition, but we strongly encourage vaccination for everyone eligible and able, and we strive to reduce any barriers to getting vaccinated.  

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On June 25, Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 21-15 to eliminate Oregon’s County Risk Level framework and most remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions starting June 30. Now that 70% of adults in Oregon are vaccinated, the pandemic response is entering a new phase. Heart of Oregon Corps is shifting our protocols to this “2.0” version to reflect many of the restrictions and precautions that can now be cautiously lifted, effective 7/27/21. 

Key Changes to Version 2.0 Protocols include:

  • Lifting of daily health checks, occupancy limits, and physical distancing requirements  
  • Masking supported, but not required, in indoor environments for fully vaccinated individuals. Masking not required outdoors by any individuals. Masks required in HOC vehicles (or rented vehicles) by all individuals.
  • Changes to quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated “close contacts”

Our Staff Leadership Team and Steve Smith of Experiential Consulting collaborated to create protocols for operating our Corps in a COVID-19 environment. These protocols and related forms are available below.

HOC's COVID-19 Protocols and Forms

COVID-19 Central Oregon Medical Care and Testing Resources

  • Central Oregon COVID-19 hotline: 541-699-5109
  • - Medical Care for COVID-19, call 541-383-3005 before coming in.
    - Oregon Health Plan Enrollment Hotline: 541-647-2707

Central Oregon Social Services Resources