Program 1: AFF COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund (program ended on May 31, 2020)
The AFF COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund provided financial assistance to employees of A-dec, Inc. and affiliates, Austin Industries, LLC and The Allison Inn and Spa. This program included employees at all of A-dec’s global entities, and employees who were laid off during the recent reduction in workforce at A-dec and the Allison.
Employees needed to meet all the following eligibility criteria to qualify for financial assistance:
- The applicant’s primary residence was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, causing the applicant to be evacuated, displaced, stranded, quarantined or significantly impacted.
- The applicant needed food or other basic immediate needs.
- The applicant is or was an employee at A-dec, Inc., Austin Industries, LLC, or The Allison Inn and Spa at the time of the impact.
Eligible applicants received a one-time grant. Grants awarded to employees in the U.S. are not taxed.
(This program ended on May 31, 2020)
Program 2: AFF COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund
The AFF COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund was a grant program for non-profit organizations in Newberg and Dundee that are providing the community with any of the following:
- Basic needs (services and assistance that keeps people housed, fed, healthy, and safe).
- Social and emotional needs (services for mental health, child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and other social/emotional issues exacerbated by the crisis).
- School closures (strategies for addressing learning loss, ancillary services provided by schools, and post-secondary issues).
- Non-profits were able to apply for these small grants directly through the Austin Family Foundation.
The COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund transitioned to a Small Grants Program in 2022.
The Austin Family Foundation Small Grant Program is designed to support non-profit organizations that are providing services related to community, health, or education for Newberg/Dundee citizens. Decisions are made on the merits of the proposed project/program and the alignment of the Austin Family Foundation funding priorities.
Small grants are funded monthly.
Typical Grant Size: $500-$10,000
Other ways the Austin family of companies are supporting the community
Both A-dec and The Allison have each initiated special programs to help during the pandemic.
The Allison Inn & Spa
On March 22 The Allison announced they would be serving family-style meals to go, at cost, for the local community. From March 23 to May 3, they sold 3,645 orders, which fed 21,870 guests. The program also allowed a limited number of JORY kitchen staff to keep working during the downturn. Tips that were collected from customers during this time, over $6,000, were donated to 9 local and national charities.
When A-dec was approached by a nurse at Legacy Health asking for help in supplying health-workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), the company quickly responded to meet the need. In just thirteen days, the company designed prototypes for a plastic shield coverings for Legacy’s Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) helmets, which are worn during procedures that provide protection against airborne illnesses. A-dec has produced nearly 13,000 shields to date, but is now able to produce 10,000 PAPR shields each week to meet Legacy’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
See the story on KGW.com: Decades-old Oregon dental supply company A-dec starts producing face shields amid PPE shortage »