Business is Picking-Up!

We are in our second week of picking up resources from Vendors. Monday, November 23, 2020 is the VERY LAST day of pick up. As bag assembly has already started.

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Applications Open: 2021-2022 EOCCO Community Benefit Initiative Reinvestment Funds

The Malheur LCAC is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021-2022 EOCCO Community Benefit Initiative Reinvestment Funds. If your organization is interested in applying for these funds, please submit a completed application to Oceana Gonzales, LCAC Coordinator, no later than December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the LCAC subcommittee's decision no later than January 15, 2021 and funds will be distributed sometime in May 2021. Funds will need to be spent by March 15, 2022. For the 2021-2022 CBIR funding period, the total funds awarded to Malheur County are $125,000 (minus fiscal agent expenses and coordination fees). Please keep in mind that we strive to stretch these funds to as many community partners as possible each year, so please take that into consideration when determining the budget request. [Application] [Community Health Improvement Plan] [Grading Rubik]

If you have any questions regarding the CBIR Application or the process, please feel free to contact Jill Boyd at or 541-605-3721.

Informational Meeting and Developer Q&A: Two New Affordable Housing

Developments Coming to Ontario

Tuesday December 1, 2020

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MST

Virtual Event via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 943 2838 3611 Passcode: 4321

Join the development teams from Home First and Northwest Housing Alternatives as they discuss the Ontario Town homes and Ontario Affordable Housing/PCCC projects. These developments will be breaking ground in 2021 and will be bringing 126 new apartments homes to the community. Following presentations from each development team there will be time for questions. [Flyer]

Upcoming Valley Family Health Care COVID-19 testing dates,

all times are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Tomorrow, Friday, November 20 Bi-Mart PARKING LOT in Ontario (2283 SW 4th Ave)

  • Next Monday, November 23 Bi-Mart PARKING LOT in Ontario (2283 SW 4th Ave)

These VFHC tests are free and rapid!

Thermometer Request Form: The LCAC voted to purchase and distribute thermometers for businesses, agencies and providers who need them in order to operate under COVID-19 guidelines. The request form has been distributed and a copy is attached just in case you missed it! [Thermometer Application]

Annual Energy Assistance & Home Buyer Assistance: Community In Action has annual energy assistance available. Community In Action also has home buying assistance programs available. Both flyers are attached. [English] [Spanish] [Home Buyer Assistance]

Toys for Toys: Evualcree is accepting applications for Toys for Tots. [English] [Spanish]

Help Them To Hope:

Two programs that provide gifts to members of our community during the holidays.

Feel free to share this information with anyone needing assistance.

Please take note of the application deadlines! [Application for families]

Fall Resource Round-Up: The LCAC is completing the Spring In To Wellness fun for 2020 by distributing “Goodie Bags” to all of our SIW communities. Building Healthy Families has taken the lead on collecting printed materials, giveaways, goodies and door prizes from ANY providers, agencies or organizations that would like to contribute. A sign up flyer is attached and materials and goodies will start to be collected the week of Nov 10 with a cut off of

Nov 20, 2020. [Resource Round-Up]

Local Events

1st Annual November Bottle drive to Help the Drexel Foundation by donating your recyclable bottles & cans

This Holiday season, we all know it will be tight, but you can help the Drexel Foundation by participating in their 1st Annual November Bottle drive. It is simple just email or call the foundation office and our volunteers will come pick up your sacked up bottles & cans. We can also mail you our Blue fundraising bags. Contact, or call 541-473-3470.

The 2020 “BottleDrop Gives” program will match funds earned from November 15 to December 1st with a 20% match from BottleDrop. To help Drexel foundation’s sustainability program you can donate your cans, or also donate online with funds from your green bag bottledrop account. Who are they? Drexel Foundation provides Free multi-cultural & art programs in rural Eastern Oregon which enrich the lives of youth. Our core activities & programs include: August Art Camp & Talent Show, Teen Film Project, Crash Course in Film-making, Youth heritage tours, Children's Film Festival, Certificate of Achievement, Public Art by Youth Project, Art in the Park on Flag Day, and Drexel Formal Closet for free prom dresses. All programs are FREE to participants and provide opportunities for youth & families to learn performing and visual Art. Drexel programs build audiences, art appreciation and promote personal growth and community pride. The Drexel H. Foundation was originally created in the 1990’s to help preserve the Historic (1908 Drexel)Vale Hotel and 1 895Grand Opera House to create an art center in the Grand Opera House, and arts and residence in the Vale hotel thus, providing a building for the community to enjoy cultural events. This goal was expanded after the Board of Trustee’s saw the immediate need for the youth in this area to be exposed to cultural/artistic events. Since 1995, The Drexel H. Foundation has created multicultural events to serve the youth & families of rural Eastern Oregon and the Treasure Valley. To find out more go to, or check out their facebook /Instagram pages. Help the Drexel Foundation and bottle drop save the planet one bottle at a time.

WIC offers new Walk-in Wellness Clinic

Since we have been doing phone appointments since March, we haven’t been able to get measurements or hemoglobin checks for our families and are wanting to offer a walk-in day option for families to get screened for growth and anemia. We will also be offering all Health Department services when they come in, including flu shots, immunizations and consultations with home visiting nurses!

The event is also on our Malheur County Health Department Facebook page:

Thank you for sharing!

Hallie Hopkins, MS, RD

Malheur County WIC Office

Four Rivers Culture Center

Are you ready to delve into the heritage, ancestors, and traditions that make up your community? At Four Rivers Cultural Center we believe that when we make an active decision to explore our history and that of others, it doesn’t just connect us to our identity, it connects us to each other and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life. Help us strengthen these connections, to each other, to ourselves and to our roots by sharing your family’s history! It’s why we are asking you to Share your Heritage: what are the songs, stories, dances, traditions, recipes, arts and crafts, jewelry, and artifacts that make up your cultural identity? Share your Heritage and we’ll celebrate with you by posting it on our Facebook page! More than that, we’ll host an exhibit in the future to showcase the people and heritages that currently make up the region we live in — you’ll be getting an insiders look at the rich history of your neighbors! What Should I share? We are looking for variety! Art, recipes, stories, jewelry, traditions, or dances, make your submission in the format that makes the most sense for your heritage –take a photograph, submit a typed recipe, upload a video or even an audio file. Deadline is Dec. 18. [SHARE NOW ]

Classes & Trainings


Clases de inglés gratuitas presenciales

Days: Monday thru Thursday Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Días: de lunes a jueves Horario: 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm


• Registration is at the Oregon Trail Building, room 107F.

Please call ahead when you are coming to register.

La inscripción se realiza en el edificio Oregón Trail, salón 107F.

Por favor llame con anticipación cuando vaya a inscribirse.

• Registration takes approximately 2 hours

La inscripción demora aproximadamente 2 horas [Eng/Spa Flyer]

Parenting NOW: Building Healthy Families will host a virtual parenting class starting Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 at 7PM and will continue thru Jan 13, 2021. [Flyer]

Parent Cafes: Valley Family Health Care hosts Parent Cafes on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6PM. Registration with VFHC is required, contact Nuba Lazo for more information. [English] [Spanish]

SafeSitter Classes: Building Healthy Families hosts virtual SafeSitter classes for pre-teens eleven years and up. Registration is required to receive a Study Kit prior to class. Classes are held on Saturdays via Zoom from 10am to 3:30pm with a break for lunch. [Flyer]

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner distance education program

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education is in its second year of the grant we received to expand the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program to educate advanced degree healthcare workforce in place in Eastern Oregon. The first cohort of students started this fall, and they are from Baker City, Pendleton, and Wallowa counties.

It is time for us to recruit our second cohort of students for this program, which has abundant scholarship incentives for residents of Eastern Oregon. Please help NEOAHEC to spread the word to those who may be interested. Qualified students will already need to have their BSN.

Virtual Information Sessions are now available for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner distance education program!

Based in Eastern Oregon, the OHSU PMHNP distance education program gives learners the flexibility to learn from home, and have clinical experiences in their communities.

Again this year, SIGNIFICANT SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to students from Eastern Oregon for tuition and other expenses.

Register today and learn more:

Many thanks,

Meredith Lair

Executive Director

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center

Phone 541-975-4509

Fax 541-962-3416


New! Website

Health Matters

The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach is now accepting referrals to provide “Holiday Connection Calls” to isolated older adults from ALL Oregon counties!

Trained Senior Peer Support Specialists provide weekly befriending phone calls to improve the emotional and physical well-being of Oregon Seniors (55+) who may be experiencing isolation, loneliness, depression or grief. Oregon Senior Peer Outreach has now expanded statewide to serve more of the many Oregon older adults who are suffering from COVID19 isolation. OSPO relies on trusted community partners and family members to identify older adults who will benefit from this friendly connection peer service.

Referrals of older adults who may benefit from the new Holiday Connection Calls service can be made by filling out the Referral Request form online at:

or by calling OSPO at: 1-833-736-4676 (1-833-SeniorOutreach)

Latinx Community Network to end HIV [Flyer]

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