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April 7 Updates
We hope you're staying safe and healthy at home. During times like these, it's important to stay up to date—so you can expect Village emails more frequently than usual. We'll share news and advisories, useful Village services, and highlight the ways we're all staying busy and connected during this unusual time.

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

A message from Sheriff Pat Garrett on COVID-19

Washington County Sherriff Pat Garrett -

In this video, Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett shares local guidelines and how law enforcement functions will continue during this challenging time.

Please note these important phone numbers:

  • For general questions about COVID-19, call 211.
  • To reach the sheriff’s department’s non-emergency line, call 503-629-0111.
  • If you’re feeling depressed, disconnected, or overwhelmed, call the crisis line at 503-291-9111.
  • As always, call 911 for emergencies.

Don't bring coronavirus home from the grocery store

Learn to shop and unload your groceries more safely in this video from Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen, MD.
Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen's safe shopping tips -

SNAP can now be used to buy groceries online

As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of people eligible for SNAP, the ability to purchase groceries online is needed to support the physical distancing necessary to help slow the spread of the virus.

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has made it possible for Oregonians across the state who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase groceries online from Walmart and Amazon.

“Convenience, quality and fresh groceries should not be determined by how someone pays," said Dan Haun, Self-Sufficiency Programs director at the Oregon Department of Human Services. "The expansion will increase food access for those who experience challenges visiting brick-and-mortar stores.”

Get more details from KATU.

Got Medicare bills? Need some free help getting reimbursed?

Meet Merry Schiff, a new volunteer with Villages NW. Merry is a retired Certified Healthcare Reimbursement Specialist with more than 50 years experience in medical billing. Merry is an expert in helping Medicare clients navigate the complicated process for reimbursement.

Merry is offering her services for free to anyone with Medicare and supplemental insurance questions. She is not selling or promoting any insurance policies, she's just available to answer questions. To chat with her, call 503-347-0124 or email

Merry learned about the village movement more than ten years ago when her nephew became the executive director of a village in Berkeley. She lives in King City, where she is anxiously anticipating the opening of a village near her soon.

How to protect yourself against coronavirus robocall and Social Security scams

Robocall scams are nothing new—but a new crop of scam calls are using both pandemic-related and personal information to make what can sound like a pretty convincing pitch. Read this article to learn what to look out for and how to protect yourself.

AARP also has some good advice on how to identify a Social Security scam. If someone calls and asks to verify your social security number, do not give it to them! The SSA does not block or suspend numbers—ever.

This article explains how these scams work, and provides a recording of an actual scam call so you can hear it for yourself.

Video of the Week:
Circle of Life By Ndlovu Youth Choir

Circle of Life by Ndlovu Youth Choir -

Can participation in a music program change the lives of even the world’s most disadvantaged children? The choristers of the Ndlovu Youth Choir are living proof that it certainly can.

This vibrant youth choral ensemble chants, harmonizes, and tip-toe-taps their way through a powerful 11-language repertoire that includes a sampling of all things South Africa: from isicathamiya (is-caht-a-MEE-ya), the a cappella genre accompanied only by body percussion, made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to ancient tribal chants, contemporary gospel, Afro-pop and Afro-jazz from the repertoires of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and uplifting choral music written exclusively for the choir.

Learn something new with free online classes!

What have you always been curious about, but never had the time to explore? 

These next few months are a perfect time to dive into the world of online learning. You can use your quarantine time to learn a language, study astrophysics, or explore dog emotions (really!). There are hundreds of classes out there that you can take at your own pace. Some are as short as a few hours, while others will keep you busy for months. Most don’t require anything more complicated than a web browser.

Here are a few sites that offer free and affordable courses:

  • Kadenze focuses on creative fields with more than 250 courses that combine art, design, and technology. For example, you can study abstract art, jazz piano, 20th century French fashion, or pen and ink illustration.
  • Coursera and edX both offer thousands of courses from major universities. Much of the content is free, with a paid option if you want to receive official course completion certificates.
  • Khan Academy is the place to go if you want to brush up on the basics: grammar, geometry, biology, or art history.
  • Class Central lists courses from a variety of sources on virtually every topic.

And finally... a little humor for our times

Thank you to Linda Minor for sharing!

Raw toilet paper for sale, $20. Some assembly required (image of a log)
This is it. The day your dogs have been waiting for. The day they realize their owners can't leave the house and they get you 24/7! Lol. Dogs are rejoicing everywhere. Cats are contemplating suicide.
Me after I eat all of my quarantine snacks in one night (image of chubby baby)

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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