United Community Partners P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 [email protected] 541-742-4065

April 12, 2020 – The Village Fund Update

The UCP board approved the creation of The Village Fund in cooperation with Sara Artley and The Village Fund Committee. More details coming soon – but if you are interested in this project please visit The Village Fund Project at https://www.unitedcommunitypartners.org/projects/thevillagefund/

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

Steve and Lion’s Ice Rink Updates January 2020

Steve White has worked with Lion’s for a couple years to convert the tennis courts at school into an ice rink. The Lion’s provide skates for all interested. The skate rink is highly weather dependent so we’ve set up a notification system for skaters!

Steve is managing the Ice Rink Notices for the 2020 Lion’s Ice Rink via Facebook and his own list. Please LIKE the Facebook Page HERE for updates or CALL Steve to get on his mail list at 541-403-2985.


Our New Meeting Time is FIRST THURSDAYS at 4:-5:30 at the Meeting room in the Halfway Library. Except for January 2020 – which will happen Thursday January 9th, 2020 at the Library. All are welcome! Community members are put at the front of the agenda each week!


UCP has changed it’s regular summer meetings to first Wednesdays – at 4PM. Please update your calendars!

Reminder: No UCP Meeting April 1st.

There will be no April meeting for UCP. The next meeting will be Monday May 5th 4-6pm at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Crab on a beach

We Still Need Crab Feed Volunteers to Help

The Lion’s Club is one of the most important groups to support here. Volunteering for the feed is a great way to get to know your neighbors old-timers and newcomers alike. It’s a fun day. Our community relies heavily on the facilities at the The Lion’s Club.  They provide:

    • A big refinished hall that seats over 200 people in cushioned chairs and tables
    • A commercial kitchen and walk in freezer and cooler which supports the monthly food bank which is well used and is run by Lion’s members
    • Many big functions (weddings, funerals, reunions, workshops, bazaars etc…rely on this hall.
    • The hall is the designated community disaster shelter and working hub for crews from the Red Cross Blood Drive to Fire Responders
    • A big generator is available if needed and we are getting the place wired for it
    • We also maintain the big park with covered area and modern children’s playground
    • Lion’s provide eye exams, scholarships, a giant Easter egg hunt and now the ice rink (because the Lion’s uniquely can provide free event insurance-even off property which allows things like the Ice Rink.


People should call Karen Endersby to volunteer. Karen can be reached at 541-742-5763.

Everyone should also consider becoming a member of this vital community service organization.

ICE RINK closed-please open this

Hello all,
The ICE RINK is closed for the season. The weather has turned too warm and wet.
Next year we might try forming a club. Then all members would have keys so they could skate at any time. We will look into the liability issues which are probably not an issue. We will also change our communication system to be more flexible.
The ice rink is possible because of the Lions Club event insurance and great volunteer efforts. Please consider supporting the club by volunteering to help for a few hours at the annual Lions crab feed on March 9th. It is a great way to help the community, meet some people, and cavort with the broad community. (call Karen Endersby to sign up-742-5763).
Also consider purchasing crab feed tickets. The crab feed provides the majority of the roughly $11,000 annually needed to maintain the hall (with good seating and tables for over 200 people), park and playground. The Lions importantly also provide a monthly food bank that many need, eye examines for all children, Easter egg hunt and scholarships.
We sure enjoyed seeing the kids out skating this year. They learn so fast and having something fun to do outside is needed. This year we had over 170 skaters up from 120 last year.
We also again thank the school for providing the grant money to buy the rink tarp and wood border and allowing us to use the green houses. Again Galen West provided the many good skates and snow machine. Jim Ferrell kept the rink open for two weeks around the holidays. Liz McLellan used the UCP web site and a big effort to post weekly updates to skaters via email and Facebook. Thank you all.
It also must be said that the rink could not have happened without the extensive leveling and repaving of the tennis courts. Big thanks go to Comco Construction of Richland, Gulick construction, and Idaho Power and Luke Hearn who provided the wiring and lights. What generosity.
We will be in touch.
Steve White