COVID-19 in our Community
Thank you for your continued and committed service to our community as the COVID-19 coronavirus situation continues to evolve. We want to assure our staff, board and partners that we are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation and have made some business decisions to support guidance issued by government officials and medical professionals in response to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Pursuant to directives and guidance issued by Governor Brown, we are encouraging Willamette Workforce Partnership staff to telecommute through April 28 to coincide with the school closure timeframe. We will re-evaluate this as new guidance is issued. To be clear, we are not closed and staff are available and working. We are here to support and help the community during this disruptive time.
For real-time resources for Businesses including information on business planning, counseling and financial assistance click here.
We have compiled several resources below that are available for employers and community partners.
Emergency loans are available for small businesses. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If layoffs are inevitable, we can help by providing services to affected workers. Another resource for small businesses and employers planning and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 is the National Business Emergency Operations Center.
For the most recent information on unemployment insurance eligibility and other program resources and requirements, visit this website:
As we receive more information, we will share it with you. Feel free to distribute this material with your colleagues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email any of the Willamette Workforce Partnership Staff; our contact information is available here.
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Invest in proven and innovative programs and partnerships that lead to a skilled workforce.
Enhance the workforce system’s provision of essential skills training and connection to Career and Technical Education
Design workforce service delivery programs and partnerships to maintain and enhance access to services in all areas of the Mid-Valley
Expand the impact of training dollars through partnerships
Offer workforce services that lead to a successful employer community.
Engage with employers to identify necessary employment skills and invest in job seekers to meet those needs
Develop solutions to employers’ current workforce challenges such as essential skills, retention, advancement, certification and training
Provide opportunities for employer-to-employer conversations and problem-solving discussions
Serve workforce system needs that go beyond employment and training services and lead to thriving communities.
Participate as a workforce advocate in community discussions that address housing, child care and transportation issues
Serve specialized populations, including youth enrolled in high school, and connect them to workforce services
A Pipeline Between Employers and Job-seekers.
WWP is trying to help businesses stay afloat and lending a hand to laid-off workers. After years of economic growth, the partnership expects to pivot.