Six Malheur County community organizations given Covid grants to help communities of color

Euvalcree is a nonprofit community organization based in Ontario that works to help underserved and underrepresented populations. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

Six Malheur County organizations have been awarded grants from the Oregon Health Authority to help communities of color disproportionately affected by Covid.

State money is going to Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living, Euvalcree, Four Rivers Cultural Center, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, New Hope Day Shelter and Kitchen at Origins, and Oregon Childhood Development Coalition.

They were among 173 organizations statewide chosen to receive funding from the CARES Act “to help respond to COVID-19 in culturally and linguistically responsive ways,” according to a statement from the health authority.

“With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting communities of color, including high infection rates among Latinx, Black and Pacific Islanders . . .