Day: February 26, 2021

Grants to Help Employers and Survivors of Wildfire Recovery

Northwest Oregon Works (NOW) has received federal grant funds to access a crew of temporary workers related to the recent Echo Mountain fire disaster in Lincoln County. Training scholarships or On-the-Job training supports are also available for unemployed workers.

Humanitarian Work
* Food, clothing or related distribution
* Navigator or Peer-Support
* Other humanitarian aid

Clean Up Work
* Debris Removal
* Demolition of Structures

Recover/Rebuild Work
* Repair and reconstruction of structures, facilities or lands related to the disaster
* Recovery and rebuilding work will focus on public land

Job Seekers
* Currently not employed with priority to those who have been laid off as a consequence of the disaster
* Training funds are also available for non-disaster related work
* Supportive services to enable participation in disaster relief employment and training services

For more information contact Angeline Chan-Pepper at 888-457-1178 ext 602 or

Free private well testing for wildfire-impacted properties

The Oregon Health Authority is providing free private well testing vouchers to property owners impacted by the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.

How it works:

  1. If you’re eligible for the program, apply online.
  2. OHA will send you a voucher that covers the cost of a having a certified laboratory test a sample of your well water.
  3. Follow OHA’s guidance on how to assess your well, and collect a water sample.
  4. Submit the sample and voucher to a laboratory for testing. The voucher will cover the cost of the lab test.
  5. OHA will contact you with your test results and next steps.

More information, eligibility criteria and applications are online. Application deadline is May 15 2021, while supplies last.

Note: You do not need to participate in the Step 2 cleanup program to qualify for OHA’s well testing voucher.