Columbia Gorge News presents ways to help around the Gorge during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your group would like to be included in the listing, email information to Trisha Walker at

WSVEF fund

The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to provide food and household supplies to district families facing job loss or hard times. To donate, visit or contact Amanda Lawrence at

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill has announced that two longtime museum supporters have offered a $10,000 challenge grant to help the museum offset financial setbacks due to COVID-19 closures. Donate at

Period@HRVHS for FISH

There is an elevated need for menstrual products during this pandemic. Period@HRVHS is supplying products during Hood River Valley High School’s lunch pick up, as well as at FISH Food Bank. Unopened boxes of pads and tampons can be dropped off at FISH. They will be distributed between the high school and FISH to meet the community’s needs.

MCMC seeking backup resources and supplies

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, MCMC continues to prepare for a potential surge in patients. Resources listed below can be drop off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at MCMC Human Resources office, 1726 E. 12th Street, The Dalles. Personal protective equipment needed: Masks of any kind (procedural masks and N95 masks would be most helpful), face shields and/or goggles, paper gowns and rubber gloves. MCMC is also maintaining a list of available medical professionals.

WAGAP seeks donations

WAGAP (Washington Gorge Action Programs) is seeking donations of money, food and essential items that are in demand right now. Donations to the Community Relief Fund can be made through PayPal at or via check to WAGAP, PO Box 805, Bingen, WA 98605. Community members needing assistance are encouraged to call 1-509- 493-2662 or toll free 800-755-1192.

United Way

The COVID-19 Gorge Community Response Fund, established by the United Way of the Columbia Gorge and the Healthy Gorge Initiative, has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to local nonprofits to address the immediate needs faced by nonprofit organizations and their clients. Financial donations to this fund are needed to help agencies provide food, shelter and other necessities to children, the elderly and others who are in need in the Gorge community. To donate, go to, or send a check or money order, payable to the United Way of the Columbia Gorge, to PO Box 2, Hood River, OR 97031.

If your organization provides essential services in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat or Skamania counties and needs assistance due to conditions caused directly by the COVID-19 pandemic,  visit for funding guidelines.

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