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COVID-19 Response

To All Our Stakeholders Regarding COVID-19 

Updated April 5, 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. We regularly monitor the spread and impact of this virus in Oregon, and particularly in Central Oregon. 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.

Central Oregon counties have been receiving increased vaccine doses in recent weeks. As a result, Oregon Public Health has once again adjusted eligibility dates. Heart of Oregon Corps encourages all eligible staff, corpsmembers, and board to get vaccinated for the health of our community and corps. Mosaic Medical is currently vaccinating individuals who are:

·    Experiencing homelessness

·    Residents of public housing

·    Migrant/seasonal agriculture workers

·    Have limited English proficiency

·    Low-income (defined as household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines)

·    Identify as a member of a minority population

Mosaic Appointments can be made here.

Applications: We are currently experiencing a much higher than usual interest in our programs, so we encourage those interested in serving not to delay your application for future programs that interest you.

Programs: After an initial three month pause, we are operating all 6 of our programs. Here is what we are doing:

  • HOC's Stewardship program restarted June 16th. Currently accepting applications (youth ages 16-24). 
  • HOC's AmeriCorps program restarted June 17th. Currently accepting applications for an April cohort, and enrolling alumni in 2nd terms.
  • HOC's YouthBuild program continued virtually during the shut down, and in-person programming resumed on July 6th. 
  • HOC's COYCC program started July 6th and concluded August 20th. Applications for 2021 are due May 1.
  • HOC's Thrift Store program reopened on March 8th. The store will reopen to the public in late April 2021.  
  • HOC's Camp LEAD program is in process for 2021; youth overnight camps are not currently allowed.
  • Visit our Locations page for office hours for essential visitors.

Operations: 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. We are also working closely with our partners, like the US Forest Service and local school districts, in building our plans for program re-openings. Current Oregon Education Department and School District Announcements may impact our ongoing ability to offer programming. HOC’s COVID-19 Operations Protocols is a living document and is continually updated as we learn more about managing hygiene and safety.

HOC's COVID-19 Operations Info

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

COVID-19 CDC Guidance

Central Oregon Social Services Resources