COVID-19 – Help for Individuals & Families

Help for individuals and families in the Siuslaw region during Covid-19

It's OK to ask for help. We're in this together.

Seek help for yourself and your family if you need it! Help is available.

Information updated July, 2021. Many of our Siuslaw region community members are struggling during this time. Fortunately, our region has organizations and resources to help. Here’s a list of some of them. Please reach out for the support you need. We all need a little help sometimes. If you are looking for a resource that’s not listed, feel free to email Siuslaw Vision and we’ll do our best to connect you.

Want to talk? Let us know if you’d like to be connected to someone else in the community for a chat. The Florence Senior Center has reopened and has social activities available.

COVID-19 testing – FREE (no insurance needed)

  • Rite Aid (Hwy. 101 and 35th) in Florence offers drive-through COVID-19 testing for ages 4 and up. Schedule an appointment or order a home test.
  • Find another testing site in Oregon. You can also call 211 for testing locations.
  • Lane County Public Health COVID testing information, including community testing events. Insurance is not required.
  • Call Peace Harbor PeaceHealth Medical Center to find out about testing options from your provider or the walk-in clinic: 541-997-8412.
  • Don’t delay your non-COVID medical care! Call your provider if you need care. You may be able to see your provider virtually.

Food resources

  • Florence Food Share – Florence Food Share has reopened for shopping. If you need food for yourself or your family, they can help. No proof of income is required.
  • Mapleton Food Share is open on the second Thursday and fourth Saturday of every month. Call 541-268-2715.
  • Food for Florence kids – Siuslaw School District continues to provide free meals for kids at community locations during the summer.
  • Food for Mapleton kids – Breakfast and lunch is available at designated pickup locations in Mapleton, Swisshome, and Deadwood Monday-Thursday. Call the school district at 541-268-4471 to sign up or for more information.
  • Helping Hands offers lunches at noon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Community Baptist Church, 4590 Highway 101.
  • Free Lunch Program at Florence United Methodist Church, Kingwood Street, has lunch available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The Florence Senior Center has reopened (as of July 2021) and is serving a low-cost lunch through Café 60 and Singing Pines again. Learn more on their website, or call 541-997-8844.
  • Food help for older adults from the National Council for Aging

Job or income loss resources 

  • Unemployment information for Oregon workers and businesses. This video guides you through the process.
  • Health insurance may be available to you through Oregon Health Plan or Marketplace insurance plans if you’ve lost income due to Covid-19.
  • If you’re struggling to pay your mortgage, rent, or other bills, call your provider right away (before your payment is late) and see if they have programs to help you. Many will work with you to reschedule payment or waive late fees. Most of our local banks have relief programs available.


Internet access

  • Free wifi internet access is available in the Siuslaw Public Library parking lots in Florence and Mapleton. In Florence, look for wifi networks Library 1A, 2, or 3A; in Mapleton: mapletonlibrary.
  • Siuslaw Public Library District has expanded their computer access. Visit the website, or call 541-997-3132 to find out current hours.

Financial counseling

DevNW offers financial counseling and support in personal finance, home ownership, student debt and more with a $75 per year membership. Engage in phone or web-based financial counseling and financial wellbeing classes. Learn more.

Referrals, housing, domestic violence support

  • Siuslaw Outreach Services is a great place to start if you need some help during this challenging time. SOS helps with things like housing, utilities, transportation, personal care, and domestic violence. Call 541-997-2816 or email
  • If you are experiencing domestic or sexual violence, please call the SOS crisis line at 541-997-4444, or dial 911.

Mental health

  • The Mobile Crisis Response team is part of the Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority (WLFEA) and has team members who can help with mental health concerns. Call WLFEA at 541-997-3212 and ask for an MCR member.
  • Student Resource Centers at Siuslaw and Mapleton schools provide behavioral health services and resource referrals to K-12-age children and their families. Leave a message at 541-997-5410.
  • Siuslaw Elementary counseling resource page

Parenting support


Information reviewed July 13, 2021

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