2021 is a time for us to renew, recover and rebuild our local community and support local businesses that make Lake Oswego thrive. Watch LO Mayor Joe Buck, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce President Christopher Boyer, and our local businesses asking for your help! Join us in uplifting our community, and committing to support LO businesses and shop local year-round!
Tis the season of giving! Each year the City partners with a number of organizations to help those in need in our community. Together we can make this holiday season a little brighter!
Our Fire and Library departments have partnering to bring holiday cheer to children in need! They are collecting new, unwrapped toys that will be shared with local families in the area. Please drop off toys by December 15 at the Lake Oswego Fire Main Station (300 B Ave) or the Lake Oswego Library (706 Fourth Street).
Hunger Fighters Oregon
Hunger Fighters continues to see a record number of people in Lake Oswego who need emergency food. You can donate nonperishable food items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7) or directly with Hunger Fighters (located at 2301 Hazel Road).
Meals on Wheels
Did you know that Lake Oswego has its own Meals on Wheels service? It is operated by the City with fundraising by the volunteer LO Meal Network with 20,000 meals served annually. Since the start of the pandemic, delivery participation has increased by nearly 10%, and to-go meal participation has tripled. To donate to this essential service, visit lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org
Personal Care Items
The City is collecting basic need items for our families in need programs. Please consider donating unused items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, diapers, deodorant and sunscreen. Donations barrels are available to drop off items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7).
We created a temporary utility payment assistance for City of Lake Oswego utility customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Donations to the fund can be made by anyone. All donations are placed into a fund used exclusively for emergency utility assistance and administered by a local non-profit. More details.
Clackamas County has launched Business Recovery Centers countywide. Centers provide resources and services for our local businesses to reopen and recover from COVID-19 impacts. This includes business coaching, grant writing, multilingual business assistance, legal assistance, and more. They offer one-stop shop to recovery assistance for businesses of all sizes and types.
Locally, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce has been established as our local center. Connect today at 503-894-3087 or email@example.com.
COVID-19 has led us to new days, and we are continuing to find new ways to celebrate our holidays, including Halloween. OHA and CDC recommend avoiding traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating activities this year. Instead, consider lower risk activities to celebrate safely, like our very own Monster Mash Drive-Thru Spooktacular, hosted by our Parks and Rec team!
Some other great ideas include:
👯♂Virtual costume contest
👻 Watching a scary movie
🎃 Carving pumpkins with people in your household
🏠 Decorating your home or yard
👾 Touring the neighborhood to look at decorated houses
The City still has some grant funding available from Business Oregon for local businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. Sole proprietors, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses and 501c3 nonprofits are strongly encouraged to apply.
2020 has been an unprecedented and challenging year for all of us. The Clackamas Wildfires have compounded more feelings of anxiety, loss, hardship, loneliness, uncertainty, and heartache. The wildfires have been horrific, and we are all feeling the gravity of this disaster.
Give yourself and others some grace
Be kind and patient with each other
It’s ok to say you are not ok
Reach out – you are not alone
We are in this together
Our thoughts go out to all those who have been impacted by the fires. To reach out for help, call the 24/7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line 503-655-8585.
We are in this together. Stay safe and stay strong, Lake Oswego.
COVID-19 doesn’t pause for long weekends, birthday parties, or other celebrations. As you plan your Labor Day weekend, please remember that the safest way to celebrate is to:
Avoid large groups and gatherings
Wear your face covering
Stay local as much as possible
Wash and sanitize your hands
Watch your distance
While Oregonians have made recent progress in helping slow the spread of COVID-19, past holiday weekends have led to outbreaks and an increase in the number of people who have COVID-19. Please take precautions to keep your friends, neighbors, and family healthy so we can continue to make progress as a community.
And remember, you could win a $50 gift card to a local LO business of your choice! This Labor Day weekend, post a face covering selfie to your social media account using #MaskUpLO AND tagging the City of Lake Oswego for your chance to win!
Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend, Lake Oswego!
We are all at risk of COVID-19. There is an easy way to stay safe and support each other: wear a face covering. It’s like wearing a helmet or a seat belt – it’s just common sense.
Lake Oswego, we’ve extended our #MaskUpLO contest through September! Let’s see those selfies! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local LO business of your choice!
HOW TO ENTER: Snap a masked selfie wearing a face covering properly at your favorite spot in Lake Oswego. Post it to your social media account using #MaskUpLO AND tagging the City of Lake Oswego (Instagram @cityoflakeoswego, Facebook @LOOregon, or Twitter @LakeOswegoInfo) for your chance to win!
Each week throughout August and September, a winner will be selected at random to receive a $50 gift card to a local Lake Oswego business of their choice.
Interested in sharing your unique, candid and confidential insight to help identify systemic barriers that may exist within our Lake Oswego community? Please participate in our upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) focus group discussions or surveys!
Virtual focus groups will be held throughout September at various times for different topics. Register for a focus group on our website by Friday, August 28.
Online surveys will be available starting Monday, August 24 through Sunday, September 27.
Your name and contact information will be confidential. Your participation is important to inform the Lake Oswego DEI Task Force’s community-centered report which will be shared with the City Council later this year. The report will include metrics, data, and insights to help shift existing practices and identify barriers to inclusion.
Please share this with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and community. We appreciate your feedback and support!
For more information about the DEI Task Force efforts and to register for a focus group visit www.lakeoswego.city/deitaskforce, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-675-2543.