Here to Help

Here to Help: Week of June 29

Creswell seeks food donors for pantry

– Community Food for Creswell provides a free 3-5 day food supply (up to 16 boxes per year) to local low-income families. It also provides free produce and bread every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It receives its food supply from Food for Lane County, the Oregon Food Bank, the USDA, and the local community. The Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

If you are a food donor, our most needed foods are canned meals such as ravioli, chili, baked beans, and soup. We also need spaghetti sauce and peanut butter. Any foods are appreciated. Food barrels are located at the Creswell Library, Farmlands Market, and Bimart.

If you prefer to donate financially, the mailing address is: Community Food for Creswell, PO Box 351, Creswell OR 97426. It also accepts donations online at

The organization is completely volunteer run, relying on donations for operational expenses and an annual budget of $8,000. Susan Blachnik is the Creswell Food Pantry manager and can be reached at 541-870-2252.

Hospitality cart offers comfort to families 

– Something new is roaming the Pediatrics floor and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. It has four wheels, a handle and offers some of the comforts of home. Volunteers began making the rounds at RiverBend on Monday with a wooden hospitality cart that provides free hot drinks, snacks, games, phone chargers, and other items to families with sick and injured children in the hospital.

This is the latest addition to the Hospitality à la Carte program by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington. “The cart is a way to bring the compassionate hospitality we’re known for directly to children in the hospital and their family members,” said Jess Ubel, development director for the Heartfelt House.

Ronald McDonald House operates the Heartfelt House on the RiverBend campus, as well as other patient family guest houses throughout the country. “These families often spend many hours in the hospital,” Ubel said. “Many don’t have the resources to buy food, drinks, or other items to make this challenging time a bit more comfortable.”

Two Ronald McDonald House volunteers will staff the cart on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.

“This cart and the interaction with caring volunteers is such a wonderful gift to our youngest patients and their families,” said Mona Greenway, interim nursing manager for women’s and children’s services at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “We are deeply grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities® and to the donors who helped bring this program to our hospital.”   

Launching the Hospitality à la Carte program at RiverBend was made possible by contributions from the N.B. and Jacqueline Guistina Foundation and the Chambers Family Foundation. For more information about how to donate to the hospitality cart program at RiverBend or become a Ronald McDonald House volunteer, please contact Robin Yozzo or Jess Ubel at 458-221-1362.

CG Rotary Club celebrates Paul Harris 

– The Cottage Grove  Rotary Club Paul Harris Foundation played to a Paul Harris reunion.  A  few years ago, Cottage Grove was the one club that had 100% PH membership. The Rotary District Governor announced at the April  event that the CG Rotary Paul Harris Foundation has raised well over $200,000.

RISE Services looking for growing workforce

– RISE Services, Inc. Oregon, offers services that support and assist individuals with practical and personal growth opportunities. Part of its mission involves helping adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities live autonomously with limited- to full-time support through residential living services and supported living program. Learn more at 

Website features resources, tools for help

– The Hope & Safety Alliance provides hope and safety for survivors of domestic violence in Lane County. Can contact them at (541) 485-8232 or learn more at



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