Originally posted March 18 - most recently updated May 29.
WorldOregon joins all of you in closely monitoring the unprecedented impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. During these difficult times, everyone's health and safety is our top priority. We continue to take decisive action with respect to WorldOregon programs, and wanted to share that working with our partners and our Board of Trustees we have taken these actions:
Our programs have been suspended:
- WorldOregon public programs effective March 9 until July or later.
- U.S. Department of State international visitors:
- youth effective March 4; all spring and summer programs rescheduled to 2021
- adults effective March 12 until at least September 30
- Global Classroom Culture Boxes while schools are closed; supplementary online resources available.
- Young Leaders in Action are meeting virtually now.
We have mandated work from home for WorldOregon staff effective March 14 until county and state guidelines change, and to be evaluated as circumstances warrant.
Events have been rescheduled:
WorldQuest annual fundraiser from May 1 to June 27 and now going virtual!
- stay tuned for details for all of you who have purchased tables or tickets
- join us and help ensure that our vital work remains strongly supported
International Speaker Series Nicholas D. Kristof talk from May 14 to June 30 and now going virtual!
- stay tuned for details for all of you who bought series or individual talk tickets
We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we make these difficult but necessary adjustments to do our part to maximize social distancing and help flatten the curve of this pandemic.
WorldOregon's mission is to connect Oregon with the world. At this time when our local and global community is under great stress, we believe that we must stay connected - virtually if not in person - and work together as a planet to confront this crisis.
We feel for the pain of those who are sick or have lost loved ones from COVID-19 and for everyone being negatively affected by the resulting sharp downturn in the global economy. We salute all those working at their own risk to keep us safe and healthy, treat those who are sick, keep flowing the vital supply of food and medicine, and make the difficult decisions needed - both in Oregon and worldwide.
Thank you for your ongoing support of WorldOregon as we work toward a more peaceful world in these challenging times.
Derrick M. Olsen