The need for an extended period of social distancing is clear, and so is the impact that such a policy will have on local businesses and nonprofits.
A poll of nearly 500 small businesses in Oregon found that many companies expect to lose thousands of dollars of revenue due to the coronavirus, and some may struggle to survive. Meanwhile, nonprofits are being forced to cancel fundraising events right at the very moment when their services are needed more than ever.
So how can we help? Here are a few ideas we cooked up for keeping our dollars local while keeping our community strong: