Second Round of Layoff Aversion Funds to Support Regional CBOs During COVID-19 Crisis

April 13th, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we have funded another round of layoff aversion grants to community-based organizations located in Multnomah and Washington counties. We have now provided a total of $430,000 in critical financial support to non-profits in our area so they can continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Round 2 Grantees:

  • Business for a Better Portland
  • Cascade Aids Project
  • Division Midway Alliance
  • Friendly House
  • Friends of Trees
  • Growing Gardens
  • Impact NW
  • Kairos PDX
  • NW Pilot Project
  • Portland Harbor Community Coalition
  • Rockwood CDC
  • Sabin CDC
  • Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of Oregon
  • The Pathfinder Network
  • Voz Portland
  • Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
  • Luke-Dorf
  • West Tuality Habitat for Humanity
  • Bridges to Change
  • Campfire Columbia
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  • Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest
  • Mike Program
  • Muslim Educational Trust

Round 1 grantees:

  • Oregon Tradeswomen
  • Portland YouthBuilders
  • Central City Concern
  • Human Solutions
  • NAYA
  • Rose CDC
  • Rosewood Initiative
  • Hacienda
  • Professional Business Development Group
  • POIC
  • Verde
  • Centro Cultural
  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  • Unite Oregon
  • Bienestar
  • Airways Science
  • Latino Network
  • Metropolitan Family Service
  • Five Oaks Museum

Worksystems recognizes that community-based organizations both provide community assistance and need community assistance. We must ensure that the non-profit service provider community is equipped to handle the coming flood of dislocated workers and struggling families. These community-based organizations are at the heart of our recovery and must be supported.   

" Please know how much this incredible support means for our organization at this time. We really appreciate the assistance." ~Ruben Fonseca, POIC

Awardees were determined using the following criteria:

Core Eligibility 

Only 501(c)3 organizations with services available in Washington County or Multnomah County or both were eligible to apply for these layoff aversion funds at this time.  


  • Applicants must use the funds to help avert imminent layoffs or furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis, or to bring back workers who have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis. Layoffs or furloughs must have happened after March 15, 2020 or be otherwise imminent.
  • Requests must be directly related to business impacts from COVID-19.
  • Funds can be spent on supplies, equipment or wages/benefits related to COVID-19 impacts.
  • There is a maximum of $10,000 per application.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organization.

Priority Criteria

In keeping with Worksystems' Crisis Response and Recovery Framework, the following organizations received priority:

  • Community-based organizations connected to the public workforce system through partnership with Worksystems.
  • Culturally-specific and other organizations that focus explicitly on serving communities of color. 
  • Organizations that focus on serving justice-involved individuals, immigrant and refugees, and/or people facing housing instability and/or homelessness.
  • Organizations with 50 or less employees.