United Community Partners P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 president@unitedcommunitypartners.org 541-742-4065




Pam Conley- President – president@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Steve White – Vice President – boardvp@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Jack Greenman – Treasurer – treasurer@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Sarah Greenman – Secretary – secretary@unitedcommunitypartners.org


Kim Elton – Board Member
Hopi Wilder  – Board Member
Liz McLellan – Board member and tech consultant tech@unitedcommunitypartners.org

All community members are welcome and encouraged to join us at our monthly meeting. (Online during COVID) Each meeting has an open segment early on the agenda for community members to bring their ideas, needs, projects and concerns to the group.

You can also become a member or volunteer.

New UCP Project

Firewise Community Project

Firewise Logo Banner REsidents Reducing Fire Hazards
UCP is a fiscal sponsor of the Pine Valley Firewise Community Project as of September 2021.

FIRE! It is on all of our minds at some level. Our community like dozens of others in Oregon can come together as a community and help prepare.  Our fire crew is volunteer, and they need our help today. Join us to help Pine Valley become a “Firewise Community” just like East Eagle Creek did!

Get informed before it is too late.  MORE INFO

Reduced Meeting Schedule During Covid 2020-2021

During the COVID19 pandemic UCP has a reduced meeting schedule. If you wish to attend one of our Zoom meetings for any reason contact Pam Conley.

2021 Board Member Update

We are so sad to see two board members off into their new lives – Thank you to Kat Davis for her great service to the community and especially to our board. We grew as a team and as people under your tutelage Kat and miss you already! We also lost Deanna Bowman our dedicated and stalwart scribe to the wilds of Boise – with so much gratitude for your voice, wily board building skills and presence – we miss you Deanna.

We are lucky to have Pam Conley, Steve White and Liz McLellan remaining in their roles.

We are grateful to announce that United Community Partners has THREE new board members: Kim Elton, Sara Greenman and Hopi Wilder. More soon on these three! But how thrilled we are!



Pam Conley- President – president@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Vacant – Vice President – boardvp@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Pam Conley – Acting Secretary secretary@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Steve White – Treasurer – treasurer@unitedcommunitypartners.org


Sarah Greenman – Board member
Kim Elton – Board Member
Hopi Wilder  – Board Member
Liz McLellan – Board member and tech consultant tech@unitedcommunitypartners.org

All community members are welcome and encouraged to join us at our monthly meeting. (Online during COVID) Each meeting has an open segment early on the agenda for community members to bring their ideas, needs, projects and concerns to the group.

You can also become a member or volunteer.

2020 Annual Meeting – October 1st – 4PM to 6PM

The United Community Partners’ (UCP) annual general meeting will be on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., via Zoom.

Join us for “Tea Time with UCP” by settling in with your favorite beverage and tea time treats and get an update on what’s been happening this past year.  We need you – your enthusiasm, ideas, support, and volunteer time.  We need your sage guidance for where we go this next year, how to build our board back up to seven members, and how to help our community.

We can’t do it without you!  Contact me at president@unitedcommunitypartners.org and I’ll send you a link to the meeting if you don’t receive one.

Tech Help

Before the meeting you will want to download Zoom and test your set up. Give yourself a couple hours to get used to Zoom if you haven’t tried it.

Download Zoom here:

You will need a smart phone, tablet or computer with a microphone and a camera to participate.

If you need assistance please use the video tutorials and Test Meeting on the Zoom site:
And contact Zoom.us for support.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
Yours Truly,
Pam Conley,

President, United Community Partners


Guest Post: Sara Artley The Village Fund Committee Chair

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Knowing your neighbors and recognizing every village is only as strong as its most vulnerable denizens, is one of the most basic tenets of rural life.  And, while rural America may not have been founded strictly on the principles of community, charity and kindness, they are three of the roots that have allowed many areas such as ours to not only survive, but also to thrive.

It was for this reason The Village Fund was formed. The current COVID-19 crisis and the economic impacts due to mandatory business closures and stay at home orders have created severe, immediate and potentially long-term financial hardships for many of our local community members.  

The Village Fund, created, supported and managed by and for residents of Eagle and Pine valleys and Oxbow, is a tangible and wonderful way for us to not only help those in need but in turn also keep our village strong.

While it’s taken longer than planned, we are nevertheless thrilled we’ve gotten everything in place in just one month!  As of April 27, 2020 we are ready to begin accepting applications for assistance. Click HERE for a PDF of the application, or you may pick up a hard copy at either The Richland Café or the Cornucopia Coffee House. You may also email us at TheVillageFund20@gmail.com to request a PDF be emailed to you. Please see instructions on the application.

If you need assistance with personal tasks like getting groceries, food assistance please get in touch with Nora Aspy or visit the Halfway Helpful Facebook group where you can make requests or volunteer.

The Village Fund, Committee Chair
Sara Artley

Low Hills by Phil Wreden - http://www.flickr.com/people/prwreden/

UCP COVID19 RESPONSE Updated April 13, 2020

Updated April 13, 2020
Hi Folks,

The UCP board is meeting online to discuss how we can best respond to the #covid19 health care and economic crisis. In the meantime if you are looking to volunteer please join the Halfway Helpful group on Facebook or The Village Fund Committee

Halfway Helpful is a group started by Nora Aspy, Terrie Whipple Simmons, Jennifer Davis, Bob Schudel and others to offer help with any assistance Panhandle residents may need such as grocery or meds pick up, meals, documentation or other personal assistance during the pandemic. Please visit the Halfway Helpful Facebook group or call Nora for more information. Halfway Helpful is a group of local people organizing to deliver support to the vulnerable in Pine Valley. The group is separate from UCP please contact them directly with questions.

The Village Fund is a project of United Community partners initiated by Sara Artley, Kat Davis and others to help with financial emergencies for individuals and families during the crisis. The project is in development but you can DONATE or join up on The Village Fund Project Page

If you are not on Facebook be patient we are organizing to find ways to work off Facebook as well. But, Facebook is where the action is right now. It is a good time to use it.

Governor Brown is doing regular updates which you can watch on The Oregonian’s website.

Old Pine Market is offering curbside pick up – and delivery on larger orders. Please follow them on  Facebook for updates or contact them directly. Thanks Bryans and the whole Old Pine Team! If you have questions or suggestions as we move forward, please feel free to reach out to Old Pine Market here 541-742-4366

To follow Congress’ response and relief bills coming up go to Countable

To easily evaluate what benefits you may be eligible for try benefits.gov (though this will need to be updated after the current relief bill passes.)

Oregon Health Department Coronavirus UPDATES

Oregon ALSO has it’s own unemployment coverage coming online soon – which will include benefits for sole proprietors, gig and freelance workers.

Small Business Support – Keeping your team!

OPB – Funds for Creatives and Artists

Pinterest Zero Waste Ideas – diapers etc 

Oregon Jail, Prison and Department of Corrections Updates

NEODD Has Covid19 Affected your Business?  Resource in their MARCH 2020 newsletter

If you are an organization trying to figure out how to work online take a look at our video resources page. Though we can’t offer in person training these are great video resources and trainings to help your group stay active during the pandemic response.

Online Learning Courses and Resources


Remote Work all Kinds (Not just tech)

Remote Work Tools
Zoom Video Tutorials

Zoom Video Conferencing Zoom Alternatives – Zoom is not very secure Online Tools Security Concerns
Protecting your Security and Civil Liberties – Electronic Frontiers Foundation

Working with your team using Google Docs and Drive (video tutorials).
Keeping the group collaborating effectively will be helped by using Google’s remote collaboration tools
Oregon Covid News Oregon Special Session to Address Covid19 https://www.opb.org/news/article/special-session-oregon-legislature-coronavirus/ Oregon Governor Responses to Covid19 https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/Agency.aspx?agency=GOV

Oregon Covid19 News Playlist

Congressional Responses
H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 — Enacted March 4, 2020. Provided $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak related to developing a vaccine, medical supplies, grants for public health agencies, small business loans, and assistance for health systems in other countries. Allowed for temporarily waiving Medicare restrictions and requirements regarding telehealth services.

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act — Enacted March 18, 2020. Guaranteed free coronavirus testing, established paid leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, expanded food security initiatives, and increased federal Medicaid funding.

H.R. 748: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — Enacted March 27, 2020. A $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which will send $1,200 to each American making $75,000 a year or less, add $600/week to unemployment benefits for four months, give $100 billion to hospitals and health providers, make $500 billion of loans or investments to businesses, states and municipalities, and $32 billion in grants to the airline industry, and more.

Corona virus Glossary https://www.kff.org/glossary/covid-19-outbreak-glossary/

Video Resources for working together online

ZOOM Video Meeting Support – Please Use their Tech Support Resources. We cannot provide Zoom Tech support.

We will publish more resource list soon. Bookmark this page!
Comment below if you have suggestions

Stay Safe
Stay Home


MARCH 12th – 4:00-5:30
MAY 14th – 4:00-5:30

Otherwise we meet 1st Thursday of the month
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Halfway Library

Crab Under the Sea

Crab Feed Volunteers Needed!

Hello busy people,

This is an appeal to you all to consider helping to serve the day of the 53 annual Lions Crab feed, Saturday March 9th. I ask this because the income from that feed is so important to the community. We usually make about $10,000 profit, almost enough to cover our annual costs.

As happens many of the old guard who used to serve have moved on, and even though we have a core group of 12 active Lions members and a few others this is not enough. We serve close to 1000 people in 11 hours. Many serve the whole 11 hours which can be wearing.

You can sign up for 1/2 shifts of about 4-5 hours, like 10 am to 3 pm and 3 pm to 8 pm. Please let me know if you are willing and I will give your name to the scheduler, Karen Endersby. Many hands make light work.

Some of you may not recognize how important the Lions are here. Let me tell you.

The Lions:

  • Maintain a large modern hall with commercial kitchen and seating for about 250 in padded chairs no less, for nominal fees which hosts many large groups every year. This costs about $900/month.
  • Maintain a park with covered tables and children’s play equipment
  • Provide a well used monthly Food Bank, due to money to purchase some of the food, space, walk-in freezer and cooler, and Lions servers.
  • Provide free event insurance for other activities, even off site, like the skating rink.
  • Provide adequate space for the blood bank.
  • Provide annual hearing and sight screening for school kids and all others Provide scholarships for high school seniors.

– Steve

UCP 2018 Board Election Results

Please Welcome our New Board – 2019-2021

We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Al Iverson for his excellent service as UCP Secretary. Al stepped up when asked and the community benefited immensely from his service and perspectives.  We also welcome Deanna Bowman-Pennock as our new Secretary. (formerly our Vice President.) A huge THANKS as well to Kat Davis for leading us through the last few years as UCP President, helping us give consistent service and support to community projects as well as the great improvement in UCP’s internal process, broader and deeper networking across Oregon and helping refine our priorities at every turn.  We also thank Kat for staying on as Vice President. We unanimously elected  Jerry Norquist as our new UCP Board President. Jerry brings a wealth of experience and know-how and ease to the job as a former Executive Director of Cycle Oregon. We are grateful to have you, Jerry! Thank you as well to Steve White our Treasurer and all around community treasure! We also elected Liz McLellan for a new term as board member. She will continue her volunteer work as UCP’s internet project and community service techie.




Headshot Al Iverson
Al Iverson – Former UCP Board Secretary

Jerry Norquist UCP PResident
Jerry Norquist – President UCP

Kat Davis UCP VP
Kat Davis – Vice President, Former President

Deanna Bowman-Pennock
Deanna Bowman-Pennock, Secretary, Former VP

Steve White, Former and Current Treasurer
Steve White, Treasurer


Image Liz McLellan
Liz McLellan, Tech and Board member, Former President



January Meeting Rescheduled for January 14th – 4PM

The UCP monthly meeting for January has been postponed until January 14th – 4-6:30 PM.
We believe it will be at the Fellowship Hall as usual but, that may change. We will update the location as soon as we know.

Ice Rink Open – Sign Up for Notices By Email

The Halfway Lions Club and the Pine Eagle Charter School will provide ice skating on the school tennis courts. There is no cost and good skates of all sizes are available at the rink. The school has kindly let us use the school’s hot houses to put on skates. Please be respectful of property and safety.

CALL STEVE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ARRANGE A SKATE PARTY OUTSIDE OF REGULAR HOURSWe will do this every Friday-Sunday (2018-2019) weather permitting. Conditions can cause poor ice – so do check regularly so you don’t miss a good skate! Notices will be on facebook, twitter and here on the  UCP site on the right side of the screen. 

This is an ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY notification email. If you have questions please contact Steve White by email at treasurer@unitedcommunitypartners.org or phone (541) 403-2985.

Sign up your EMAIL for up to the minute ice rink conditions and closed/open hours.

Please NOTE: Hours of operation are highly variable due to the availability of overseers and because weather can temporarily cause poor ice conditions. Therefore timely notification of open hours will not appear in the newspaper. Announcement of open hours will be made at the school, on the downtown bulletin board and by our email notifications list a few times a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You may get the same notification twice if Steve has not updated the weather conditions on the site.

If you have a group, you can call Steve White and we may be able to open anytime or arrange a night skate party.

Steve White UCP Board Treasurer
Steve White UCP Board Treasurer

The tennis courts/ice rink are on the north side of the school grounds. It can be accessed by turning west on the roads just south or north of the Auto parts store. Do not block roadways please.

Map of Ice Rink location at Pine Eagle - The Ice Rink is behind the hog pens at the tennis court.

Ice Rink is a project of Steve White and the Halfway Lion’s Club

Photo by chtfj21

Reminder – UCPs annual meeting is tomorrow THURSDAY Oct 1 4-6pm

Reminder – UCPs annual meeting is tomorrow Oct 1 4-6pm on Zoom.us. Please visit our website to sign up to get the meeting code. Or mail Pam at president@unitedcommunitypartners.org
Go to zoom.us to download and test your set up before the meeting. Please use the support tools at zoom.us if you have technical issues.
Download meeting materials here:

Update from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon

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From the NAO Newsletter for April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020
It has been another busy week in state and federal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impacts of the response. The good news is that the federal government is working on additional funding and stimulus packages to shore up the CARES Act with a CARES Act 2.0. In the meantime, they have been working on an “interim allocation” which I’ll highlight below. But first, let’s look at the news from the state, which is not as rosy…
State Actions
The Oregon Legislature Emergency Board will hold a virtual meeting today (Thursday, April 23) to vote on more than $30 million in spending on the state’s coronavirus response. The E-Board goes into this session knowing that officials expect the state’s revenue estimates to fall by as much as $2 billion. Greater clarity on that number will be revealed in the May 20 revenue forecast. Governor Brown has opted to delay a special session of the legislature on any larger spending plan until after that. As a reminder, Oregon’s current two-year general fund and lottery budget is approximately $24 billion, so a $2 billion hit will be significant.
Spending on the agenda for the E-Board’s meeting today includes:
  • $12 million for rental assistance to people who lost income due to Oregon’s response to COVID-19 and shelter resources such as hotel vouchers for vulnerable people
  • $10 million in assistance to small businesses with no more than 25 employees that can’t receive federal assistance
  • $2 million to cover shelter for victims of domestic violence
  • $3.4 million to pay COVID-19 testing costs not covered by insurance for long-term care providers and workers plus training for union-represented certified nursing assistants who make up roughly half that workforce.
Lawmakers will also decide on $10 million in proposed aid for unemployment ineligible immigrant community members or those otherwise not covered by temporary wage replacement programs such as federal unemployment insurance. The plan calls for payments of up to $590 a week. CausaPCUNCapaces and MRG Foundation, among others have been leading an effort to secure funding for the Oregon Workers Relief Fund to support these communities.
Legislators will also consider approvals on $50 million in federal loans to small and rural hospitals that have lost revenue because they had to cancel non-emergency procedures, approximately $6 million in state wildfire fighting money and $20 million in state funding to help cover pay increases to unionized non-state workers caring for elderly and intellectually and developmentally disabled clients.
Federal Actions
The interim funding bill (H.R. 266) passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, April 21. We shared this in an earlier alert, but here are the key details on appropriations in that bill:
  • Provides a total of $484 in new spending, including $310 billion in new money for the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • $60 billion of that amount is earmarked for smaller lenders. Half ($30 billion) will go to community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and to small lenders with less than $10 billion in assets.
  • Adds $50 billion more to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, as well as $10 billion to the EIDL emergency grants program.
  • An additional $75 billion will go to hospitals and $25 billion for testing, split between the states and federal government.
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today, (Thursday April, 23) on the interim funding bill. It is unclear whether Representatives will be able to make statements on the floor. NAO has been working with national allies to have representatives insert a statement for the record that acknowledges the issues and concerns of the nonprofit community.
Yesterday, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) led 14 members of the New York delegation in asking the Small Business Administration (SBA) to expand eligibility parameters of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so that nonprofits and cultural institutions, regardless of size, can participate in this program. Read the release and letter.
We wrote to you all earlier both about the PPP pandemonium and lack of information on who exactly got these loans in the first round. The advice that we are giving nonprofits is to seek clarification now (before the SBA opens its portal again) that their applications have passed all internal scrutiny of their lenders and banks are prepared to upload their applications without further processing or complications.
While the statistics on who got these loans is not available, we did want to understand the successes and challenges nonprofits had with the PPP. On Monday, we launched a Pulse Poll to try to get a sense of your experience with the program and we collated your responses this morning. Thank you to the 149 organizations that responded.
From that 149, only 12 indicated that they did not apply for PPP at all. Of the 137 that applied for PPP:
  • Only 42.3% (58 of you) received either loan documents or a Capital Access Financial System (CAFS or E-Tran) number from your lender;
  • Of the 79 organizations that applied but did not receive loan documents or an E-tran number, 93.7% are planning to submit for the PPP when it becomes available again.
As is always the case with our community of nonprofits, you were very forthcoming when we gave you space to give your narrative feedback on the program. While we can’t print all of your feedback both due to space considerations and our “bleeper” button might break (!), we did want to give you a sense of what others experienced. Here are a few choice quotes:
“I feel our success in receiving the loan/grant was due in large part to the quick action of our bank.”
“At our bank, the application was not available online so far as I could tell. Applicants had to request the application. I emailed the bank to request an application, and I received no reply.”
“The primary problem we faced was that our bank took two weeks to get their application portal set up and ready to accept applications. By that time the initial funding ran out. They continued working on our applications and we are hoping it is all ready to go for the second round of funding.”
“It was a stressful process with lack of information from the government and from lenders, but our banker was proactive in getting us the information we needed. Still, it took quite a while and we were approved at the last minute right before funding ran out. I know of several deserving nonprofits that did not get funds and was upset to hear about the large corporations that received large loans, taking money away from small local businesses and nonprofits.”
“Small businesses and non-profits that I personally know of that could survive this crisis with just a small amount of PPP- $25K to $100K – don’t have a chance without it. Many of them also have had to close the doors leaving employees that qualify for unemployment but can’t get in the system. Completely caught in the trap of government restrictions and all facing loss of their business or job, then their homes and much more.”
“We need these funds to survive this!”
The federal government rollout of this program was problematic with final guidance to lenders being handed down at the last minute. The process to apply was further complicated by the different approaches lenders took with their clients. So much of the success of an application depended on the preparations and processes banks put in place to ease the burden and get the documents processed quickly.
We are hopeful that the second round of funding, likely to open either tomorrow or next week, will be smoother. Many of you have begun asking how these loans can be forgiven. Official guidance has not yet been handed down by the SBA to the lenders, but NAO is tracking this closely and will be offering a special webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness as soon as we know we have information and experts that can speak with authority on that.

Good luck to those of you submitting for Round 2!

SUBSCRIBE AT https://nonprofitoregon.org/