COVID-19 & WorldOregon programs

Dear Friends,

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 at least mid-May.
  • U.S. Department of State international visitors - adult and youth - effective March 12 until June 30
  • Global Classroom Culture Boxes while schools are closed.
  • Young Leaders in Action are meeting virtually now. 

We have mandated work from home for WorldOregon staff effective March 14 through May 3, to be evaluated as circumstances warrant.

Events have been rescheduled:

  • WorldQuest annual fundraiser from May 1 to June 27 at the same location (The Loft at 8th Avenue)
    • stay tuned for updated details for all of you who have purchased tables or tickets
    • if you have not yet purchased tickets yet, 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 
    • now in the Keller Auditorium with the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall closed for work this summer
    • stay tuned for updated tickets for all of you who bought series or individual talk tickets, in coordination with Portland'5
    • more tickets on sale soon

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

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