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New COVID-19 policies at CNWX

updated COVID-19 policies

The Collective NWX is open and following Oregon Phase 2 guidelines (effective 6/30/20)

As we continue to operate in a COVID environment, The Collective NWX is closely following the Governor’s guidelines. Our 5,500 square feet is large enough to comply with distancing and capacity requirements, however The Collective NWX has implemented new COVID-19 policies.

NEW! Face Covering Policy

Face coverings ARE currently required in the CNWX workspace for all members and visitors. Guidance from the Governor on June 29, 2020 requires face coverings when in indoor public spaces. Medical exemptions and accommodations are allowed. We understand this can present issues for members who are regularly on voice or video calls, so:

  1. Please wear your face covering when entering and exiting the building, elevator and stairwell.
  2. Please wear your face covering when walking around the community space.
  3. Feel free to remove your face covering when you are in your private workspace to perform essential work, such as voice and video calls; eating/drinking in the cafe space; using the private phone booths; or outside on the deck.
  4. We have adequate space in the CNWX office to achieve social distancing, but if you are in a situation where you can’t achieve six feet, we ask you put on a mask.

All members and visitors are required to sign in and out of the workspace each day. 

This is an important step for us to understand who is in the workspace, should there be a need for contact tracing. Signing in/out is super easy:

Download Passport by Nexudus app (iTunes or GooglePlay) and wave it by the reception desk iPad, or Use your five digit member code, located in your member account

Desks and chairs have been moved to allow for 6 feet of physical distance. If you are sitting at the large community tables, please sit diagonal from your fellow members across the table. Meetings have been limited to ten or less people, and we encourage using the conference phone for additional participants. Special events with over 50 people have been cancelled or postponed until we enter future phases of re-opening.

Use of the CNWX cafe is allowed with some modifications:

  1. Wash your hands before and after using the cafe space. This includes pouring coffee, using the microwaves and opening the fridge. This will help prevent the spread of germs and keep our shared workspace safe and clean.
  2. Please use a new cup or glass for every beverage. We know this means more dishes to wash, but it also helps to avoid transmission of germs during re-fills. If you choose to use your own coffee mug or water bottle, please give it a quick wipe down in between uses.
  3. The kombucha and beers tap will be closed during the day. However we invite all members for our daily happy hours from 3:30-5pm where CNWX staff will pour for you. 
  4. Please leave your glasses and dishes in the sink. A CNWX staff member will safely load the dishwasher limiting the amount of touch points to the dishwasher and sink.

General Guidelines for CNWX Members and Visitors

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or have symptoms
  • If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please self-isolate immediately, contact your health care provider for testing and alert CNWX for contract tracing protocols.
  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, and avoiding touch your face.
  • Be mindful of social distancing with your fellow CNWX members and visitors.

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our community safe and healthy!

~Sara & Kent

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Navigating Covid-19

Navigating Covid-19. Stay Home. Save Lives.

As of March 23, The Collective NWX is closed to the public. 

The current outbreak in Deschutes County apprears to be small and well contained however Governor Brown issued a new Executive Order prohibiting the operation of many non-essential businesses. We are doing our part navigating Covid-19 and while coworking offices are not explicitly called out in the order, there is language regarding remote work:

Page 5, section 9 – “Work in offices is prohibited whenever telework and work at home options are available in light of position duties, availability of teleworking equipment and network adequacy.”  Section 11 goes on to say ” Businesses and nonprofits that fail to comply with paragraphs 9 and 10 will be closed until they demonstrate compliance.”

Understanding the implications for both our business and the community’s health, we are interpreting this as an order to close the public operations of The Collective NWX office effective immediately. This is a difficult, yet important measure that we hope will be a short term solution to stem the tide of this epidemic. 

We are in the midst of a unique situation where the very nature of how people work is changing daily (sometimes even by the hour). We are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all CNWX members and feel that the following the state guidelines to close to the public is the best course of action.

Thank you for your continued support of CNWX. We are extremely grateful for all of our members in this uncertain and difficult time and we sincerely hope that we will see your smiling faces again in the very near future.

Be well,
Kent and Sara Odendahl

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National Charity League Forms A New Chapter in Bend Oregon

Our first nonprofit partner is one of Bend’s newest organizations launched in late 2019. National Charity League is a philanthropic organization of mothers and daughters serving the community together through volunteerism. We are honored to help NCL, Bend launch their new Chapter and start building a strong organization to serve our shared community. 

NCL flowers delivered to The Collective NWX
Beautiful flowers delivered to The Collective NWX for hosting their group.

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), the nation’s premier mother-daughter non-profit organization, has announced the formation of the Bend Chapter. This is the organization’s 272nd chapter to form in the United States.

The Bend Chapter is open to mothers and daughters who reside in or attend school in Deschutes County. This chapter, combined with the existing chapters (Blue Heron, Lake Oswego, Oregon Rose, Portland, Sunnyside, and Three Rivers) brings the total number of Oregon NCL Members to over 1,500. Last year, the existing chapters served 28,614 philanthropy hours and supported approximately 100 philanthropy partners.

In addition to participating in national philanthropic initiatives, the chapter’s inaugural members will have the opportunity to choose which local organizations they will support through hands-on volunteer service hours. Daughters in 7th through 12th grade, known as Ticktockers, and their mothers, known as Patronesses, will together embark on a core program focused on philanthropy, strengthening mother-daughter relationships, cultural experiences and leadership opportunities.

National Charity League meeting at The Collective NWX
National Charity League meeting at The Collective NWX

“I’m incredibly excited to establish and launch the new Bend Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL), a special organization with a rich history and proven model for success across the nation,” said Andra von Behren, President of the NCL, Inc., Bend Chapter. “For mothers with daughters, our local group provides a unique opportunity to spend quality time together and lead by example—fostering a greater sense of social responsibility and caring for others. Looking forward to great things ahead for our moms, our daughters and our community!”

For more information, please contact the VP of Membership at

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Our furniture is here! Our furniture is here!

Construction is underway. Since we drove into Bend in early July with our bike-laden caravan of white SUVS, we have dedicated a lot of time and energy (and prayers) to The Collective NWX. What started out as a nugget of an idea eight months ago is finally taking shape and we are excited to share it! While selecting carpeting and planning for electrical outlets is certainly up there on the list of fun activities, we’ve had the most fun designing the space for you — our members. The pinterest mood board has become a reality with the help of our amazing designer, Katie, at Hyphn. And this week we got to see the pieces we selected over the summer, and we are in love. We’ll share photos as the space comes together, and we hope you fall in love our vision too!

If you or someone you know is looking for coworking space in Bend, drop us a line. We’d love to show you around and have you join our community.

Stay tuned, there is still work to do but we are just getting started!