Portland Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

This is a fundraiser designed to support those impacted by COVID-19 from loss of work or for health costs. Anyone can directly submit funds request (expense). Scroll down for details.

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+ 328

319 individuals and 13 organizations have contributed

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Become a backer for $5.00 per month and help us sustain our activities!

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+ 27

27 individuals and 4 organizations have contributed

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Become a sponsor for $100.00 per month and help us sustain our activities!

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$100 USD / month

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7 individuals have contributed

Top financial contributors

Organizations

1
Fuerza Oregon

$2k USD since Mar 2020

2
For Home (benefit album)

$1k USD since May 2020

3
Open Collective Inc

$557 USD since Mar 2020

4
Terminal Gravity Brewing

$325 USD since May 2020

5
Root & Branch Physical Therapy

$300 USD since Mar 2020

6
Bridgetown Baby

$100 USD since Mar 2020

7
FreeLunch Collective

$100 USD since Mar 2020

8
Lewis & Clark MCFT 2021

$87 USD since Jul 2020

9
Lisa Boehm Beauty

$75 USD since Jun 2020

10
Good Aura

$60 USD since Mar 2020

Individuals

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Symbiosis PDX

$6k USD since Mar 2020

2
Incognito

$1k USD since Mar 2020

3
Margaret A Zebroski

$1k USD since Mar 2020

4
Incognito

$1k USD since Mar 2020

5
Incognito

$1k USD since Mar 2020

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Incognito

$1k USD since Apr 2020

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Incognito

$1k USD since Apr 2020

8
Incognito

$1k USD since Apr 2020

9
Incognito

$750 USD since Mar 2020

10
Amanda A Green

$750 USD since Mar 2020

What's new with Portland Coronavirus Solidarity Fund

Stay up to dates with our latest activities and progress.

Fire Response Update

Dear supporters,First. Thank you so much for your continued solidarity. Your help has enabled our organization to rapidly put together a regional response to the fires that we expect to only compound the impacts of the virus. You can see ou...
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Published on September 11, 2020 by Symbiosis PDX

July Update

Hi everyone! We’re still regularly dispersing funds, but our budget has been pretty low recently, which means we’ve slowed down our dispersal to every other week instead of weekly. We’re still trying to make sure the people who are most vul...
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Published on July 7, 2020 by Symbiosis PDX

Less Than $2,000 Left!

Hey all!We continue to distribute funds to the community. We are happy to report that we have given out well over $28,000 to folks in need in PDX. Keep up donating and spreading the word about this fundraiser if you can so that we can ke...
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Published on May 27, 2020 by Symbiosis PDX

Conversations

Let’s get the ball rolling! This is where things get planned and sometimes this is where things get done. Ask questions, thank people for their efforts, and contribute your skills to the service of the community.

GoFundMe?

Published on May 8, 2020 by Jessica Ann Rupert

Is this connected to this OC? Apologies if this is already common knowledge but I wasn't aware donations were being collected through other platforms. Is this money going into the fund? Are you giving this to JOIN or another organization...

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Open Collective is returning its fees for COVID-19 Solidarity Collectives

Published on March 23, 2020 by Pia Mancini

Hi! The Open Collective team has decided to give back 100% of the platform fees to this collective. It is complicated for us to programmatically do this, so the fees will be returned as a donation once a week. This is the reason why you'...

Starting a Similar Project in Oakland

Published on March 21, 2020 by Kayla Epstein

Hi! Thank you for opening this fund to aid Portland citizens during this difficult time. I'd like to start something similar here in Oakland, and am sort of unsure as to how to go about it. Do you have any tips/steps you could offer to g...

Budget

See how money openly circulates through Portland Coronavirus Solidarity Fund. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Financial contribution to Portland Coronavirus Solidarity...

from hamster9/19/2020

+$50.00USD
Completed

Financial contribution to Portland Coronavirus Solidarity...

from Nora Willi9/11/2020

+$50.00USD
Completed

Financial contribution to Portland Coronavirus Solidarity...

from Avery Johnson9/10/2020

+$40.00USD
Completed

Today’s balance

$1,550.73 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $62,919.29 USD

Portland Coronavirus Solidarity Fund is all of us

Our contributors 333

Everyone who has supported Portland Coronavirus Solidarity Fund. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Symbiosis PDX
Admin

Total contributions

$6,479 USD

Fuerza Oregon
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,800 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,145 USD

backer

For Home (ben...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,011 USD

Proceeds from the For Home compilation benefit album available at https://forhomepdx.bandcamp.com/

Margaret A Ze...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

My friends are more in the category of NEEDING HELP: how do they apply?

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,000 USD

sponsor

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$750 USD

sponsor

Amanda A Green
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$750 USD

sponsor

About

The coronavirus threatens to put many of our community members at risk of life-threatening illness. Our capitalist system threatens to deny access to life-saving health care and put working class people on the streets due to layoffs and greedy landlords. As such, those of us who are able should pool resources to gather funds for the most vulnerable in our communities as a minimum solidarity safety net.

This fund has been created by Symbiosis PDX in order to raise resources for folks impacted by the coronavirus in PDX.  Anyone in PDX can make a request for funds if they have been impacted by the virus in some manner including loss of work, healthcare costs, or supplies for groups to directly support vulnerable communities. All payouts will be documented on this website for transparency; we will also keep personally identifying information confidential for folks who request funds.  Priority will be given based on need and to individuals in vulnerable communities. Please contact us if you would like to get involved with this organizing effort!

If at the end of the epidemic there are any unused funds we will create a community poll with several options on where the remainder will go.

Other Ways to Get Involved and Get Assistance 

Get connected with a vast variety of free services provided by community members, post requests for assistance and offer assistance by signing up for the Portland Collaborative Exchange Network HERE.

We encourage everyone applying for funds or interested in getting more involved in community solidarity work to join the Portland Collaborative Exchange Network. The Portland Collaborative Exchange Network (PCEN) is a mutual support network of people engaged in reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a timebank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. It is a project of Symbiosis PDX, although other organizations are encouraged to partner with us and join.

Through membership in PCEN people: create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time. 

PCEN introduces a paradigm where members reflect on the available resources in their lives moving from a perception of scarcity and lack to abundance and wholeness.

Our guiding vision is to make social infrastructure visible within our communities. Social infrastructure describes the invisible bonds and relationships which constitute a generative capital that can be accumulated and circulated through timebanking. 

Our mission is to promote and sustain a robust timebanking infrastructure which supports non-monetary transactions amongst individuals and organizations allowing a greater sum of the realized value of work to be retained and shared within local communities. 

We are particularly focused on partnering with organizations which have a broad base of stakeholders whom might benefit from deploying timebanking as a method for capturing and compensating work that presently lives in the form of reciprocal goodwill transactions and creating an infrastructure where the time given over to these worthy causes may be traded with other members within the timebank for services those members have offered. 

Our goal is to develop and sustain a complementary community currency which decreases financial pressure, reinforces the fabric of trust and creates new opportunities for engagement between stakeholders within our communities.


Fundraiser Process Information


How Decisions are Made

Decisions on how payouts are made are decided by the fundraising team of Symbiosis PDX (a local federation of half a dozen trusted organizations in PDX ). These folks will come together on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to review requests and come to a consenting decision on how to allocate the funds.  

Our communications team continues to work on a more developed social media presences so expect to see more soon. 

Priority Fundraising

Priority will be given based on need and to individuals in vulnerable communities and marginalized communities. We prioritize medical expenses and will potentially reserve some funds for future payouts for such expenses as the crisis grows and more in our community develop medical related needs. Next we prioritize emergency transitional housing for individuals who have lost housing due to shelter or other public program closures, or precarious renters who are not on a lease and facing eviction by other roommates. Then we generally prioritize supporting the many individuals in our community who have lost work as a result of the crisis. 

Funds for allocation are limited, so we must prioritize where the most urgent needs exist. We also do not want to undermine our efforts as activists and community organizers to have our demands met and create lasting change for basic rights. For that reason we ask that you find support for areas within our existing community resource sharing network or political campaigns, rather than diverting resources back into harmful systems and institutions. 

We will disperse up to $2000 a week for requests and will also retain a pool of $1000 or 10% for expenses related to the developing coalition effort to provide direct mutual-aid and political action to address the coronavirus pandemic, all expenses for this will be requested and approved like any other. 


Moving forward we need more information to make good decisions. We will include an online form for new requests to make submissions asking for info like…

Self-reporting personal information_

 service / sex workers; teachers; queer/trans folx; elderly, disabled;english as a second language; POC and indigenous; Folx with children. Chronic life threatening health condition


Self selecting funding tiers

  1. ($1000 or less) Emergency or Life-Saving Medical Equipment or Medicines, Doctor Visit Copays. Health insurance continuance if lost due to Caronavirus lay-offs and/or are members of a vulnerable group, have children and/or have life-threatening conditions.

  1. ($200-$500 or less) Emergency transitional housing for folks who have lost housing due to shelter or other public service closures. Or you are a precarious renter who is not on a lease and who faces eviction by fellow housemates and has lost work due to coronavirus layoffs and is a member of a marginalized community or vulnerable group. 

  1. ($0-$200) Immediate basic needs allotment for those immediately out of work and/or within the vulnerable population. Specify why you need these funds and what you will use them for, inclusion of a budget is helpful. Higher end of this range will be prioritized for households with multiple people. Funds can also be allotted for specific needs of the coalition organizing efforts by member organizations or organizers

Accountability

-Preventing Fake Accounts Making Multiple Requests

To ensure that we do not have potential bad actors making several requests over the internet we will ask all submissions to include  identifying information like links to social media accounts or other form of identification like library card etc. 

-Avoiding Fraudulent Requests

To avoid potential fraudulent requests,  We will ask all submissions to include some type of documentation of the need/use of funds, this could be receipts, texts from the boss indicating layoff, doctors notes indicating supplies needed etc. Lack of adequate documentation could be grounds for asking for a resubmission with more information. 

Funds will not be allocated for:

Payments that may be deferred or canceled on a regional or national scale:
  • Utility Payments (electric/gas/water), 
  • Internet and Cellphone Bill (please see additional resources about Comcast in the below section. If you are not covered by this an exception can be made but you must explain your situation.)
  • Rent unless you are a precarious renter who is not on a lease and faces eviction by fellow housemates and thus may not be covered by the eviction moratorium.

Payments to large institutions (Banks, Colleges):  
  • Loan Payments
  • Student Loans
  • Credit Card Bills 
  • Mortgage Payments
Denying Requests

A funding request may be denied because it doesn’t include enough information about the use of funds, doesn’t include enough documentation, is asking for funds to cover things outside the scope of this fundraiser, or other requests have been presented that are deemed higher priority given our stated criteria. We will try to respond with information about why a request was denied if time allows.   

We may ask some folks to resubmit a request for a different amount given other requests that are presented that review session.

Limit on Number of Requests

Individuals are limited to one request every month. After this you may reapply.