Monday, March 30, 2020

Covid-19 Gift Cards and E- Commerce Tutorials


                  Resources for businesses that are trying to set up online gift cards or certificates- (this does not charge a % fee)

E-commerce Tutorials – big shout-out to Mary Bosch with Marketek for researching  (for Wordpress sites) (Wordpress)  (Best for Squarespace subscribers) (overview of popular E-commerce platforms)

Cove Community COVID-19 Support

Dear Cove Neighbors,

In the spirit of care for our community, many Cove neighbors are offering support to those impacted by illness, social distancing, loss of work, etc. due to the “stay at home” order.

Maybe you need groceries, medicine, animal feed or supplies dropped off at your home. Maybe you need help with chores. Maybe you need financial help due to lost wages. Maybe you just need someone to talk to if you’re feeling lonely. Maybe you know someone who needs assistance. Get in touch and your neighbors in the Cove community will do our best to help.

Here’s how to get in touch. Neighbors will call you as soon as possible.
1.    By mail or phone: Call Nella Mae Parks at (541) 910-4098 or mail this form back to the 69361 Antles Lane, Cove, OR 97824.
2.    Online: Fill out the form below to get help or offer support.
3.    On Facebook: Offer/ask for help at the Cove Carpool group page. (Search “Cove Carpool” on Facebook and join the public group.)

We will be updating the Coronavirus Information on the Cove website ( as more resources become available.

Your neighbors in Cove

Do you need help? Do you want to help? 

Print and complete this form and mail back to get in touch. We will call you back.


Phone number:
Best time to call:

Other contact info (email, address etc.):

What support are you looking for?
 Groceries, medicine, animal feed or supplies delivery Friendly check-in call Help with chores Other need:
 I want to help out: 
Comments or notes:

Resources in Cove

Cove Ascension School food pantry: If you need non-perishable staples like rice, pasta, potatoes, etc. stop by the pantry on the porch at Morris Hall on Church Street. There is also a “Free Little Library” for books.

Free Meals from Cove School District: Starting Monday March 30th, Cove School will provide free breakfast and lunch to youth, seniors, and any other adults in the Cove community during the COVID -19 pandemic. The service will run Mon-Fri with delivery or pickup options available. If you have internet access, sign up for child or adult meals at or call (541) 568-4424. Sign up is appreciated, but not required.

Cove Methodist Church Food Pantry: Open every Tuesday from 10-11am and the 4th Saturday of the month from 9-11am. Located at 1708 Jasper St. Contact Diane Warnock at (541) 910-1810 for questions.

Nella Mae’s Farmstand on Antles Lane will open Friday, March 27th with early greens, eggs & a few baked goods for sale. There is also a free food box for non-perishable food for anyone to share and take what they need. The stand is self-serve, always open. There will be a hand sanitizing station to use. (541) 910-4098.

Cove Calvary Baptist Church: Contact Sunny Rush for assistance. (541) 786-7032,

Dollars Corner is working on curbside grocery pick up. (541) 568-4451.

Union Market will box up grocery orders for pick up. Call (541) 562-5424.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Historic Union Community Hall Meeting Cancelled 

The Historic Union Community Hall Meeting was cancelled due to corona virus concerns.  All extra curricular events for school districts across the State of Oregon has been cancelled by the Governor.  The community meeting to gather support for the purchase of the Union United Methodist Church  will not take place a result. 

Although the event was cancelled, The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall will continue on in its goals to gather support to purchase the Methodist Church in Union and use the building as a community center.

Your 170 signatures gathered the attention of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our next step is the gathering of earnest money.   This earnest money will be used to hold the sale of the Church until additional funds can be allocated.

For more information see the Historic Union Community Hall Facebook Page.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Union Volunteer Day Saturday April 25th, 2020

Press Release: Union Volunteer Day Saturday April 25th, 2020

Saturday April 25, 2020 is Volunteer Day in Union Oregon.  From 9 to noon on the last Saturday in April, the community will host volunteers painting windows, updating Union's information Kiosk, cleaning a yard for a Veteran or senior citizen or planting trees in the community.  These are just a few of the activities planned for the day. Volunteers are also invited for lunch and thank you at Union City Hall at noon.

To participate in Union Volunteer Day please pick up a volunteer application (and policies) at Union City Hall.  You can also request a project for review via an application also located at Union City Hall.  

Volunteers over the age of 15 are welcome to participate with guardian permission.  Family volunteer projects are being developed. 

The Volunteer Day application deadline is March 25th.  Volunteer organizers will maintain strict policies to ensure the safety of volunteers and the community.

April 25, 2020 follows Earth Day and National Volunteer Week.  The number of projects scheduled for completion on April 25 is directly related to the number of volunteers registered to participate. So, apply now to participate in the Saturday, April 25th morning volunteer event.

I'm addition to volunteer activities, Union Sanitation will be offering a location to deposit brush only from 8:00 to noon at Treatment Plant Road.    

Beyond Volunteer Day, the community of Union offers both short term and longer volunteer commitments.  Volunteers are needed at: The Union County Museum, The Union Fire Department and various City of Union Committees.

For more information about Union's Volunteer Day, policies,  volunteer applications, project request form or copy of Union's Volunteer Day Policies, email .

Volunteer Day Policies: April 25th, 2020

Volunteer Policies:

Volunteer Day April 25, 2020
National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2020

 I. INTRODUCTION: The City of Union recognizes the important role that volunteers have in the community, and that each volunteer’s time and contributions are highly valued. This document is designed to support the City of Union Volunteer Day. 

A. Volunteers: 
A volunteer is any person, approved by the City of Union, who donates service in a City sponsored volunteer program without expectation of pay or remuneration, other than reimbursement of approved incidental expenses for those services rendered.

The City of Union has several ongoing volunteer positions applications for City Council and Union City Committees are located at The Union City Hall:  

The Union Fire Department accepts applications at: 

 B. Emergency Volunteers 
In the event that emergency operations and procedures have been activated, a volunteer may be assigned to perform emergency volunteer duties authorized by the City. Emergency Volunteers will work only at approved sites, and under the direction and supervision of the requesting department. 

C. City Employees as Volunteers: 
City employees may volunteer in other departments if:  The volunteer position is with an established City volunteer program.  Duties of the position are outside the employee’s normal work duties. No work time is used to perform the volunteer duties.  The volunteer duties are performed solely at the option of the employee and there is no expectation, direct or implied, that the employee performs volunteer service. 

 D. Not a Volunteer: 
Work release inmates.  
Community service workers.  
Persons not approved by the City for volunteer service. 
Individuals under the age of 18 without a registration form signed and approved by parent or guardian.  
Individuals or groups that are volunteering for another agency are not covered by the City.  Student interns receiving college credit for work performed. 

A. Registration/Application: 
Potential volunteers must contact the City prior to performing a volunteer project or job. In general, volunteers must complete and sign a City of Union Volunteer Day Application, and return the completed forms for approval prior to start of work. Emergency contact information will be obtained from the Volunteer Registration Form in the event of an emergency. 

Volunteer firefighters should contact the Fire and EMS Department for details on applying for these volunteer positions, as their process is more involved.

People interested in volunteering for an advisory committee or board must complete appropriate forms. Anyone interested in being a Councilor or Mayor should meet with the City Recorder to discuss the election process, as these volunteer positions are filled every two years at the general election. 

Volunteers who have not reached the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian OR  Volunteers over the age of 15 may obtain written permission by a parent or legal guardian to participate. The volunteer activity that is assigned to a minor must be performed in a non-hazardous environment and comply with all appropriate requirements of child labor laws.

When working with minors observe the “Rule of Three”.  Minors should never be alone with an adult, Two project leaders (or second adult) are required for all projects were minors may be present. 

B. Screening Process: 
 Interviews may be conducted for certain positions prior to selection. Background, experience, and skills are carefully reviewed to match volunteers to appropriate assignments. It is the policy of The City of Union to screen applicants for violent and sexual crimes. Certain volunteer positions may require an additional Authorization to Release information to be completed for a background check. 

Applications are requested three weeks prior to Volunteer Day to assure adequate time for screening applications and matching volunteer projects to volunteers.

C. Approval: 
 Volunteers will receive approval of acceptance prior to starting work. 

IV. Job Description and physical requirements:
 A job description for each volunteer position or project will be provided detailing the duties, scope, and physical requirements of the work. Volunteers should carefully review the requirements with their personal physician if there are any questions about their physical ability to perform the duties. Some positions may require medical release prior to volunteer work. 

V. Vehicle Policy: 
Volunteers operating public vehicles must have an acceptable driving record that meets the City’s requirements for acceptable driving (or as outlined in the City’s Driving and Vehicle Use Policy). Accidents must be reported immediately and an incident report and accident investigation form should be completed as soon as possible. Volunteers who drive personal vehicles are required to provide proof of insurance that meets statutory requirements.

 VI. Orientation:
 A. Pre- Work Orientation After approval and prior to the onset of volunteer work, the volunteer receives a departmental and job specific review of procedures, duties, and scope of volunteer activities from supervisor. Any required personal protective equipment will be reviewed and provided. Safe work rules and rules of conduct are reviewed along with the volunteer policy and Fleet Policy, if applicable. All personnel and safety rules apply to volunteer workers. Failure to comply with safety and personnel rules can terminate the volunteer relationship.

 B. Safety Requirements
 No volunteer will be required to perform work that he or she believes to be unsafe or likely to cause injury or health risk to themselves or others.

 Volunteers are encouraged to report unsafe conditions or hazards and must report incidents/accidents immediately to supervisor.

Training, if required, will be provided for operation of specific equipment, machinery, or tools. Additionally, OR-OSHA training may be required to perform some volunteer duties

 Volunteers are required to follow all safety and security procedures while performing volunteer duties, on or off the City’s premises. Volunteers are required to wear appropriate protective equipment, clothing, and footwear at all times.

C. Emergency Procedures
Emergency procedures for each volunteer worksite will be documented and provided to supervisors and volunteer staff at time of orientation.

Procedures will include:
Emergency contact numbers for Fire/Police/Ambulance (especially if 911 service is not available in the area), The location of first aid supplies and equipment, and  Actions to take in the event of a medical emergency or accident.

D. Incident and Accident
Reporting Injuries and accidents must be reported immediately to a supervisor and an incident and accident investigation form completed, if applicable. If appropriate, secure the scene for investigation and documentation of the incident.

E. Insurance Coverage
Normally, volunteers are considered “agents” and are covered by the City’s general liability insurance while they are acting within the scope of their duties. Insurance coverage is not provided for personal property, equipment, or vehicles owned by volunteer workers.

F. Record Keeping
Volunteer workers must track their volunteer time.This is an Oregon statutory requirement. A record of volunteer hours is used to demonstrate when a volunteer is on the job for accident claims, and can be used to verify work experience for job references.

VII. Performance Measurement
Supervisors should monitor and take disciplinary action including and up to termination of volunteer relationship when policy or work practices are unacceptable

VIII. Forms
Volunteer Application with signature required for minors under 15

Project Request Form


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