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April 14 Updates
Welcome to week 4 of Oregon's shelter in place order. Statistics show that our efforts are helping to decrease the pressure on the healthcare system—that's great news! Let's keep it up and keep supporting each other with information, entertainment, and ways to stay connected until we can gather in person again.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to so we can share with the group!

CDC recommends cloth face coverings in all public settings, in addition to physical distancing.

woman putting on cloth face mask
This week, the Centers for Disease Control began recommending that all Americans wear cloth face coverings when out in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (read the full announcement here). Masks can help people who are asymptomatic from passing the disease along to others unknowingly. 

This recommendation does not replace current physical distancing guidelines. Even with a mask on, you should maintain at least six feet of distance from others.

How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Masks

There are lots of ways to make your own cloth face coverings. But regardless of whether you sew your own or create a no-sewing-required version from a bandana and hair elastics, wearing cloth masks is an important act of solidarity with our community right now.

Machine Sewing

This video walks you through the process of making your own mask with a sewing machine. Here are the patternwritten instructions, and safety guidelines for this method. 


Hand Sewing

If you can work with a needle and thread but don't have a sewing machine, this video provides easy instructions for making a mask.


No Sewing

This video shows you how to make a mask without any sewing. All you need is a handkerchief or bandana and two elastics.

VIDEO: How to make cloth face masks, no sewing required


Don't have any fabric or elastics on hand?

Consider buying masks from a local fashion designer. Local designers have been hit hard by the closing of retail outlets, but many are using the fabric they have on hand to make personal protective equipment to help everyone stay healthy at this time.

Emergency SNAP benefits will be issued to many SNAP households.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits to many Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to help buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household size. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not get extra SNAP.

Extra SNAP will be added to EBT cards in April and May. The first distribution took place on April 10. For more details, read these flyers from Partnership for a Hunger Free Oregon in English and Spanish.

CARES Act waives required minimum distributions from retirement accounts for 2020.

Among the many provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are waivers for 2020 required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts, which may provide tax benefits to some retirees.

Read this article from AARP to learn more.

Do you know someone experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. Please use these resources and share them with anyone you know who could use some help.


Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line: 1-833-736-4676

Weekly phone-based support and connection with Community Support Solutions. This free service is available to Washington County older adults (55+) experiencing loneliness and isolation. Participants are matched with a trained Peer Support Specialist and receive scheduled weekly phone calls. Se habla español.


Oregon Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633

Volunteer warm line available 24/7 with Lines for Life. Trained volunteers offer support and connection at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. Available in multiple languages.

Video of the Week:
Hands Washing Hands by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond is doing his part to promote health safety right now—and he found a creative way to do it. Diamond changed the lyrics to his iconic hit "Sweet Caroline" for a musical public service announcement about the virus. Watch the video.

VIDEO: Neil Diamond spoofs "Sweet Caroling" as "Hands Washing Hands"

Book Recommendation of the Week:
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Nike founder Phil Knight chronicles his journey from living in Hillsboro, selling shoes out of the trunk of his Plymouth, to becoming one of the wealthiest people in the world.

Order your copy from Powell's.

Thank you to volunteer Van Nguyen for sharing!

And finally... a little humor for our times.

Thank you to volunteer Maureen O'Rourke for sharing!

TP delivery
Please don't let the cat out.
15 days confinement I'M FINE THANK YOU

That's it for this week. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at

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Hillsboro 97124

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