News Release|

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


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. 

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