Jackson County issues call for volunteers, supplies
The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center has issued a call for volunteers to help elderly and homeless residents, and to donate much-needed household supplies.
The center is in communication with people who care for vulnerable residents. Because of the coronavirus crisis, there is an immediate need for volunteers to help in a variety of ways, including completing paperwork, delivering meals to homebound seniors and carrying out other tasks.
“This valley is full of good-hearted folks who are looking for ways to help in this crisis. If you’re interested in helping, we can provide a link to vital services that need your help,” said Steve Lambert, Jackson County EOC operational group leader.
Those interested in volunteering can email Brooke Amposta at AmpostBA@JacksonCounty.org.
In addition to volunteering, people can donate a variety of supplies they might already have in their house, EOC managers said.
Simple items that make a big difference include clean, used or new ice chests; plastic and paper grocery bags; clip boards; vinyl food preparation gloves in unopened boxes; zip-close baggies of any size in unopened boxes; packaged disposable cups with lids; Clorox wipes in unopened containers; new empty spray bottles; Lysol and Clorox disinfectant; new containers of other general household cleaning products; basic hygiene supplies such as body soap, toothpaste, brushes, shampoo and deodorant; laundry detergent and new packaged pillows.
These items can be dropped off at the same location where people can donate personal protective equipment such as face masks — The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
Drop-off times are 7-10 a.m. every day of the week.
Enter at Gate 2 and follow the signs. Donations will be collected as you drive through, keeping everyone safe from contact, EOC managers said.
For updated information, see jacksoncountyor.org.