Jan. 14, 2019 — As the federal government shutdown rolls into its third week, the U.S. Coast Guard is facing realities that members will not be paid on Jan. 15. While civilian members have been furloughed, active-duty Coasties have continued to work, train and prepare without the promise of pay. In Florence, a U.S. Coast Guard City, there has been a request from many people on how to support Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River and Coast Guard families during this time.
On Monday, eight community members met at Station Siuslaw River to go over a list of local discounts and options for people to help. The “Military Appreciation Program,” compiled by Florence Mayor Joe Henry, Oregon Coast Military Museum and concerned residents, is attached below. It contains local military discounts, community services and financial assistance available to military personnel, with some available to other furloughed federal employees. The list is expected to be revised over time as local agencies learn more from the Coast Guard.
Please note: Coast Guard personnel can take advantage of any community services offered to other members of the community such as Food Share, SOS, Salvation Army and others.
However, cash contributions cannot be given directly to the local Coast Guard Unit nor to any personnel. People can donate monetarily through the Coast Guard “Chief Petty Officers Association” (CPOA) which is a nonprofit operated out of Coast Guard Sector North Bend for the benefit of the entire sector, from Depoe Bay south to the California border.
People can make sure that funds donated to this account are sent back to the local by making checks payable to the Chief Petty Officers Association and referencing Siuslaw Station in the comment line. These can then be dropped off at the Siuslaw News, 148 Maple St., or mailed to the Siuslaw News at PO Box 10, Florence OR 97439.
Checks will be delivered to the Station in North Bend in order to ensure that they are channeled back to our local unit.
In addition, gift cards can also be donated to the local Coast Guard and distributed to Coast Guard personnel based on need. These can also be dropped off at the Siuslaw News.
Compiled By Oregon Coast Military Museum and Executive Director Cal Applebee
Bridgewater Restaurant & Zebra Bar: 10% discount on Mondays for active and retired service members on “Military Monday” Beth Stenke
Shervin's Tire & Automotive: 15% off services to Coast Guard members! AJ and Megan Shervin
Spruce Point: Free lunch to family’s and servicemen. All they need to do is call at least 2 hours ahead and we will have a place for them to sit or they can take it to go. 541-997-6111. Kimberly Pruitt
Darlings Marina & RV Resort: Will offer a 50% discount to all Coasties and their immediate family members (spouse, kids) on all café food and non-alcoholic beverages. We would also love to host a “Coastie night”, where we would feed a whole group for free and challenge other restaurants to do the same. Lori Edwards-Olson; Olson Retreats, Inc. DBA: Darlings Marina & RV Resort 541-997-2841
Boys & Girls Club of Western Lane Co: Will waive all the After-School Program Fees for both Coast Guard and First Responder Families. That includes the Summer Program as well which is $100 per week for 9 weeks. So, for childcare for ages 6 – 18, we take care of them.
Chuck Trent, Executive Director Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County 541-902-0304
Les Schwab Tire: Military Discount on most products, not services. Must show military ID card
Cross Roads Assembly Church: We are prepared to help with gas, gift cards to Fred Meyer and utility bills. We have a designated account for this type of activity. It would be tax deductible, not sure how to make it work through Salvation Army, that’s a bit of a hurdle. Utilities are not an issue through the voucher system. We are prepared to assist with gas and gift cards. Pastor Dale Edwards
Salvation Army: I heard from Salvation Army and they can receive funds for “Coastguard Florence”. I’m not clear on how they will be disbursed. Between Salvation Army and Cross Road, we can make this as seamless as possible. Pastor Dale Edwards, Cross Roads Assembly Church
Siuslaw Outreach Services: SOS has the following services: Electric bill assistance, Water bill assistance, Rent assistance, Transportation vouchers, Prescription assistance, Emergency shelter for victims of crime, Advocacy and legal aid for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault,
24/7 victim assistance response, 24/7 crisis hotline, Food gift cards, Employment education, Rental rights and responsibility education, Financial management education, Safety planning
The process to receive assistance is to come into the office (no appointment necessary). They will talk with a staff member about their needs. Some things can be addressed immediately. However, some things like rental assistance involves a written application, making sure they meet income and situational requirements of the funding source and making arrangements with landlord to pay the landlord directly. Most services can be provided same day, some may take 5 business days.
We have a vet group that donates quarterly to support veterans only. We just have to verify through a veteran ID card or if they have their dd214 or some kind of proof. We have used those funds to help out with the things listed but also help with dental needs.
We also have a program for children who are homeless or at immediate risk of homelessness with the things mentioned but also help with tutors, dental needs, fees for sports and other extracurricular activities.
Donations would be for active military and not Veterans so we can still do similar Designation.
Central Lincoln PUD: Will work with all federal employees (and contractors) here with payment arrangements if we can, especially those with excellent payment history. Just have them call us at 1-877-265-3211 and press “4.” The important thing to tell them is if they will be late paying their Central Lincoln bills, call us a day or two before the bill is due to work with us. “Please don’t assume we know you are a federal employee.” We don’t keep records like that information. We’re happy to do all we can to work with our customers. Chris Chandler
United States Coast Guard, Sector North Bend: Can Coast Guard Personnel take advantage of local resources such as Food Share, Salvation Army, SOS and other community support services. The answer is that Coast Guard personnel may take advantage of any community service that is available to other citizens of the community, no exceptions. This would include food, utilities, rent assistance, car payments etc. The key is that the Coast Guard person must initiate the contact for services.
How can we funnel cash donations to the local Unit. The answer is that we can do this through the CPOA association and Commander Guerrero has talked with the leadership of the CPOA and they will direct our funds to the Siuslaw Unit. We just need a place to channel those funds.
Commander Charles Guerrero
NOTE: Donations to CPOA should be made out directly to CPOA with designation for Station Siuslaw. Gift Cards may also be donated for local Coast Guard families. Gift Cards and CPOA donations can be turned in to The Siuslaw News to be delivered to USCG.
Banner Bank: Has set some internal programs for our Coast Guard customers.
Dee Osborne, Vice President / Branch Manager Florence Branch, PO Box 280
777 Hwy 101 Florence, OR 97439 Office: 541-334-5825 Fax: 541-997-2549 Ext: 53877
Oregon Pacific Bank: Will grant up to 6 months payment deferrals on existing consumer loans for clients who are furloughed due to the government shutdown. We don’t have a formal loan program for those that need temporary funding until they go back to work. If you felt like there was a specific need with members of Florence Coast Guard Station, I would be willing to create something.
Ron Green, President / Chief Executive Officer, P.O. Box 22000 Florence, Oregon 97439
Phone: (541) 902-9800 Fax: (541) 997-1787 Cell: (541) 999-1908 Email: [email protected]
This article may be updated as necessary.