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Marci Sischo | 11/11/2020 | Archived

Ways to Help Coronavirus Recovery in Corvallis

When there's a disaster, we have a nearly universal urge to help out. But when the disaster is a pandemic, it can be difficult to find ways to pitch in. If you're looking for a way to help out or give back to the Corvallis community as we work to support each other and recover from the pandemic, here are a few options.

Shop Local

Corvallis businesses are facing a very difficult winter, and one way to help them through it is to shop local. Check out our Shop Where Your Heart Is contest, the Downtown Corvallis Association's Shop Small November contest, and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition's Buy Local campaign to find ways to support local businesses.

Check Out It's On Us Corvallis.

It's On Us Corvallis is a community-sourced revolving fund that provides meals for folks who need a boost and business to our restaurants. It's On Us Corvallis had been on pause, but they just started fundraising again to reactivate for Oregon's two-week freeze. Learn more and donate.

Help Light Up Downtown Corvallis for Christmas

Many annual traditions, such as the Pastega Christmas Lights and the Corvallis Christmas Parade, have been cancelled due to the restrictions from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Downtown Corvallis Association hopes to brighten all of our spirits by lighting up the streets of downtown Corvallis with white twinkle lights. Donate here to help make it happen.

Support Benton County's Trail Systems

During the quarantines, many of us in Benton County turned to our massive trail system for a safer way to get out of the house and break up our cabin fever. Team Dirt, a local non-profit that helps to maintain and build new trails in Benton County, is currently raising funds for projects in 2021. They're hoping everyone who counted on Benton County trails this spring and summer will pitch in to help build some new ones next year. Learn more and donate here.

Support the Beavers

The Beavers Endure initiative is a way for Oregon State Athletics donors, season ticket holders, and Beaver Nation to provide support to OSU's student-athletes during the extremely challenging financial times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donate here to support the Beavers. You can also buy fan cutouts to help fill the stands at Beavers games.

Join the Corvallis Sewing Brigade.

The Corvallis Sewing Brigade is a grassroots group that is creating personal protective equipment - including cloth masks, plastic gowns, and face shields - for health workers and other essential workers in the Corvallis area. And they want your help! They need makers, sewers, willing hands, folks to transport things, and more. Visit their Facebook group to get started.

Watch a Virtual Movie

Rent movies through Darkside Cinema. On their website, the Darkside offers an ever-changing list of virtual cinema films to watch at home, and popcorn and treats to go. Renting movies through the Darkside's links helps support the Darkside financially. See what's playing. You can also rent the Darkside for private showings.

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Please Note: Benton County, Oregon is currently rated "High Risk" under Oregon's COVID-19 safety framework. Learn what this means for you. Masks are required for those 5 years old and above in all indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where a physical distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained. Travelers are advised to stay home. Businesses may be closed, operating with altered hours, requiring appointments, and/or have additional safety requirements in place. Please call ahead to businesses you're interested in visiting to confirm if they're open and what they're requiring.
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