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Here to Help Briefs

Peace … through unity 

The Peace Through Unity event was held Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Coiner Park for Cottage Grove community members to think back on the Hiroshima bombing, listen to speakers and music, and paint rocks for the City’s peace tree. “It was mainly a gathering to try to bring peace on Earth through local peace,” said Dana Merryday, who was on the event’s committee.

Old Schoolhouse nears completion

The Creswell Heritage Foundation recently received a $12,024 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. This is the last piece of its funding plan to finish the project of restoring Creswell’s Old Schoolhouse to a community use — a project that has taken six years. If all goes according to plan, CHF president Verlean McCoy said that, by the end of this year, the Foundation will have floored, painted and wallpapered the interior of the building as the finishing touches.

Hope & Safety Alliance in need of supplies

Hope & Safety Alliance has been providing hope and safety to survivors of domestic violence for 45 years. Each year, it serves thousands of survivors and children, regardless of gender, from our BIPOC communities, LBGTQIA+ community, survivors with disabilities, and the rural communities in Lane County. 

Survivor needs
• Donation box with pillows and two white stuffed animals
• Shampoo & Conditioner
• Body Lotion
• Deodorant
• Body Wash
• Women’s underwear
• Dresses
• Shorts
• Kids summer clothes
• Gift cards: Gift cards from Fred Meyers, Walmart, Target, Market of Choice, Winco, and local restaurants are always appreciated to help families with food and household essentials!

Note: H&SA only accepts new or freshly laundered clothing.

Due to limited storage space, it may not be able to accept donations of used clothes. Goodwill has agreed to accept clothing donations on behalf of Hope & Safety Alliance and provide vouchers and gift cards for survivors.

To arrange a donation, call 541-485-8232.

Senior meals program needs volunteers

The Senior Meals Program is in need of volunteers at its Cafe 60 and Meals on Wheels sites in Creswell, Springfield, and Veneta. Volunteers at Cafe 60 help prepare and serve meals, while volunteers for Meals on Wheels deliver nutritious meals to our homebound neighbors. No cooking required. More info: 541-682-1366.

Winter Clothing Drive underway as temps drop

Catholic Community Services of Lane County (CCS) has launched its Winter Warmth Drive to provide its neighbors in need with hats, scarves, jackets, gloves, blankets and socks ahead of this winter season. All through October, Lane County residents can bring their donations of winter clothing to donation drop-off barrels at participating locations across Eugene, Springfield and Veneta. Donors who don’t have the time to drive can simply go online and make a monetary contribution, 100% of which will be used to buy items to keep their neighbors warm. A full list of donation barrel locations, needed items, and a link to donate online:

NAMI mental health art classes open to public

Join NAMI Lane County and MECCA for a free mental health art class for adults 18 years or older. MECCA AND NAMI Lane County staff will be available for resources and instructions. Classes are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5 p.m. at 555 High Street, Eugene. More info: [email protected] and 541-343-7688.



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