Empire Health Foundation (EHF) believes our primary role and responsibility is to ensure our region’s community members, both rural and urban, are cared for during this time of uncertainty. EHF stands ready to provide community support in any way we can.
Washington State Department of Health
Find information you need to know and additional resources about the coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Washington State Department of Health, and learn how you can also reduce stigma around COVID-19.
Washington State 'Spread the Facts' Public Awareness Campaign
The Spread the Facts campaign’s goal is to reinforce the importance of staying home while also providing resources for staying connected with loved ones and managing the stress and anxiety that many Washingtonians are experiencing.
SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING
Public Recommended to Wear Face Masks
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Don’t have one? Learn how to make yourself one from the Surgeon General.
Help support urgent community needs by volunteering or donating goods with Volunteer Spokane.
Eastern WA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Make a donation to this fund, which will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak in Eastern Washington. You can also take this five-question survey, which will inform the Advisory Committee on your community's needs. Learn more below.
RURAL AREA RESOURCES
Washington State Department of Commerce Funding Opportunities
The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $1.8 million for 17 rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response. Food, rental assistance, small business support, health services are among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties. Learn more about the funding process and eligible activities.
Eastern Washington COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund
A coalition of philanthropic, government, and business partners have joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak in Eastern Washington. The fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials, medical providers, businesses and governments to expand regional capacity addressing the outbreak as effectively as possible.
Individuals and organizations can donate and find additional information about the COVID-19 Response Fund via www.innovia.org/covid19. Innovia is working with philanthropy partners in North Idaho to establish a similar response fund in that region.
“There are many unknowns in this crisis, but we do know all our fund partners are fully committed to providing support to those at highest risk of health and economic challenges. A special thanks to our front-line workers who are risking their own health to keep the rest of us safe. This fund is here to assist you and your organization for as long as it takes.”
— Empire Health Foundation Interim President Jeffrey Bell