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A Letter from our Divisional Commander Image

A Letter from our Divisional Commander

In response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Supporters, 

The Salvation Army is delivering services during COVID-19. As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

We also anticipate a significant increase in need of emergency assistance for low-wage employees facing layoffs due to COVID-19. The support we provide – rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance, among others – will become more urgent as the situation evolves.

We need your support so our facilities across Oregon and Southern Idaho can continue to meet the daily needs of these vulnerable populations. Your donations will continue to help us respond to the situation.

But we can’t do it without your support. Here are two ways you can support those in the most need. 

  • CLICK HERE to donate to support our community response to COVID-19.
  • Sign up for individual volunteer shifts. If you are under the age of 60 and don't face higher risks for COVID-19. CLICK HERE for a list of volunteer opportunities in Portland, Oregon.

We’re all in this together.



Major Nancy Dihle and Captain Raymond Dihle

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