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KLCC Connections


Times are challenging and KLCC is here to help. We've created this new "KLCC Connections" for you. You'll find some positive information to help guide you through. This page is divided in sections: Community, Home and Business. We will continue to add ideas and information to this page every few days or so. If you have ideas you would like to share please email Micah at msteward@klcc.org. If you have questions or need information about COVID-19, see our resource page.

COMMUNITY: How to help, ways to engage, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Downtown Languages - providing direct assistance for rent, utilities, and food for immigrant students with the greatest need. Also, creating a mix of online learning approaches that are accessible to families that may have limited access to technology. For more information visit https://downtownlanguages.org/covid19response or www.downtownlanguages.org.g.

Lane Arts Council- Hosting a First Friday ArtWatch on May 1st. You can enjoy art and local dance from the comfort of your home! May’s ArtWatch will feature Eugene Ballet dancer Sara Stockwell as a part of #instaballet, for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/762498754154541/. Stay connected with the Lane Arts Council through their Facebook page for video interviews with Lane County artists and arts venues, workshop info, and more.

O’Hara Catholic School- Staff and alumni delivered more than 300 personalized yard signs to the homes of over 500 students on Thursday and Friday. The signs helped brighten spirits of the students and families and serve as a reminder that they are an important part of the O’Hara community.

Umpqua Sewing Warriors- A volunteer community formed by Oregon Serigraphics to make handmade 100% cotton protective masks for the medical community. Also, seeking donations of unused fabrics. For more information visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/658730244919310/about/

Springfield Public Library- Providing online resources and support, including Digital Library Cards via their website http://wheremindsgrow.org/ or by phone on (541) 726 3766. Every week they are posting videos to their new YouTube Channel, including stories, songs, crafts and yoga and are offering an online reading challenge - Read, Learn & Explore.... At Home! https://wheremindsgrow.beanstack.org/

SEIU 503- Launched a website to help Oregonians impacted by COVID-19 get the help they need and put food on the table. GetHelpCOVIDOregon.org connects all Oregonians to information and services like unemployment and SNAP benefits, child care, housing services and the Oregon Health Plan.

Eugene 4J School District- Free grab-and-go meals are available on weekdays to kids 18 or younger. Families can choose the most convenient location, no matter which school their child attends. There is no income qualification, and students do not need to be present to receive a meal. https://www.klcc.org/post/eugene-4j-adds-more-grab-and-go-meal-sites or 4j.lane.edu/coronavirus for more information.

Bethel School District- Providing free breakfasts and lunches at 12 sites where Bethel children 18 and under can pick up free grab-and-go meals every weekday. For more information visit http://www.bethel.k12.or.us/blog/2020/03/16/additional-meal-sites-for-children-under-18/

Central Oregon Health Council- New website has been launched as a resource directory for all of Central Oregon. Central Oregon Resource Directory can be found at https://www.centraloregonresources.org.

West Lane Emergency Operations Group of Florence, OR- Created a no-contact drop location for donations of surplus PPE, including new masks, gowns, and gloves. Donations may be dropped off on weekdays between 10am-2pm. For information email, donations@westlaneeoc.org.

Partners-Bend-A Facebook group, serving the Deschutes County area, that has formed to ask for and offer help in these trying times. https://www.klcc.org/post/oregon-neighbors-use-social-media-offer-and-ask-help

FOOD for Lane County-Looking for volunteers to help with packaging meals or creating food boxes. Contact Dan Budd, volunteer and kitchen manager, at 541-343-2822 with your availability. Food donations are also being accepted at this time. For a list of food and drop site locations, please visit: https://foodforlanecounty.org/donate/donate-food/

St. Vincent de Paul-Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks, including running the Egan Warming Center, temporary shelter on freezing nights. Information: Katie Lively at 541.743.7173, email volunteer@svdp.us or go to svdp.us

United Way of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties-The first $100,000 in donations to be matched dollar-for-dollar by Benton Community Foundation and area local businesses. This is your chance to make your support go twice as far.

Nextdoor-Created a help map for neighbors to assist with daily activities, like grocery shopping, for those at a higher risk. https://nextdoor.com/help_map/?is=nav_bar

Eugene Public Library: All buildings are closed. Online resources for all ages include ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, Lynda.com, Ancestry.com, homework help, and more. Call to get a free library card, including if you live in Eugene but outside city limits or had a blocked or expired card. More info: 541-682-5450, www.eugene-or.gov/library, and Eugene Public Library social media.

Roseburg Public Library-Beginning every Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., patrons may drive or walk up to the main door, and staff will facilitate handing over materials reserved online.

United Way of Lane County-Launched a local response fund to meet the urgent needs of local nonprofits and those they serve, related to COVID-19. PacificSource Health Plans helped launch this fund with a generous donation of $50,000.

Lane County Mutual Aid Network-  network to help connect neighbors to each other to help out during this crisis.  To connect, call (541)-321-8749 or visit https://lanemutualaid.org

Jackson County Animal Shelter-People across Oregon are stepping up and taking in animals to temporarily foster as shelters are forced to downsize. https://www.klcc.org/post/shelter-dogs-cats-relocated-during-coronavirus-pandemic

HOME: a section for people to share ways they are getting by including recipes, hobbies, book clubs, their WFH space, neighborhood social distancing meetups, free group workout classes, etc.

From KLCC’s Love Cross- Good Gardening: Simple Planting for Small Spaces. Some simple ways to start a garden in a small space. John Fischer will provide you with some tips along with more tips and a list of things to grow on KLCC’s website. https://www.klcc.org/post/good-gardening-simple-planting-small-spaces

From KLCC’s Elizabeth Gabriel- Couple Delivers over 70 Student Lunches A Day, Demand Likely to Increase. Joe and Brenda Brainard, 4J School District Natives Program, are spending their time delivering school lunches to low-income students. https://klcc.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/couple-delivers-over-70-student-lunches-day-demand-likely-increase

From KLCC's Brian Bull: Businesses like Lox, Stock, & Bagels and Great Harvest Bread Co. of Eugene are selling flour and yeast to customers that can't find these baking staples at their local market or grocery store.  Turns out many homebound people are turning to baking to pass the time: https://www.klcc.org/post/when-going-gets-tough-tough-getbaking

From KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert- Volunteers Sew Protective Masks for Lane County Healthcare Workers. A shortage of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE in hospitals and clinics has led to community-based, mask-making projects. To find ways to help and get a mask pattern with seam silt, click here: http://sustainability.uoregon.edu/ https://www.klcc.org/post/volunteers-sew-protective-masks-lane-county-healthcare-workers

From KLCC’s Anni Katz- Self-Care and Taking Care in the Time of COVID-19 Ryan Scott, licensed psychologist and director of Vista Counseling, speaks to the importance of self-care during this time. Vista Counseling has recently moved to video-therapy and an online resource “Connection During Coronavirus”.https://www.klcc.org/post/self-care-and-taking-care-time-covid-19

From KLCC’s Melorie Begay-OSU Master Gardner Program Offers Free Vegetable Course.Oregon State University’s Extension Program is offering a free vegetable gardening course. The course is available for free until the end of April and more than 1,500 people have signed up. https://klcc.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/osu-master-gardener-program-offers-free-vegetable-course

From KLCC’s Anni Katz-Looking for Activities While Kids are Home? Feeling short on ideas for when you and the kids are home during this time?https://www.klcc.org/post/looking-activities-while-kids-are-home

From KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert. Find a New Normal: Psychologist Encourages Mindfulness in a Stressful Time. Eugene clinical psychologist, Ruth Ellingsen, shares some advice on practicing mindfulness. https://www.klcc.org/post/find-new-normal-psychologist-encourages-mindfulness-stressful-time

BUSINESS: What local businesses are doing to make this time easier.

Oregon’s Bounty- Oregon’s Farm Bureau has created a searchable directory of nearly 300 family farms and ranches that sell food, foliage, and other ag products directly to the public. Visitors can use keyword searches for specific products — such as blueberries, honey, or eggs — and/or search for farms and ranches within a specific region of the state. Visit OregonFB.org/oregonsbounty for more information.

Oregon Art Supply- offering curbside pickup Monday-Saturday for online and phone orders. May art classes will be held online. Visit their website at https://www.oregonartsupply.com for more information.

Along Came Trudy- Offering a Heat and Eat Menu for meals to go. With a regularly revolving menu, you can pick up meals for yourself or up to 5 people. Open 9am-4pm, the menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Call 541-636-4032 or visit https://www.facebook.com/alongcametrudyevents/

Lane County Farmers Market- Saturday’s the Farmer Market booths will be spaced out over 2 blocks with 'Social Distancing Safety Officers’ throughout. 9am-11am will be reserved for people that are high-risk and/or over the age of 60. 11am-3pm will be open to the public. https://www.lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

Bella’s Soap Box- Giving back to communities across the Eugene-Springfield area, by donating mini-bars of its artisan soap to interested groups and businesses. They’re also looking for people to help distribute the soap. Interested parties can email luv@bellasluvbarbutter.com or call (951)387-7678. https://www.klcc.org/post/veneta-business-takes-clean-approach-pandemic

Elegant Elephant Baking Co. and local vendors- Working with local vendors, Elegant Elephant Baking Co. is creating an easy way for you to order the organic and healthy products you have come to love! Order and pay online, and have your goods delivered to your doorstep. For more information visit https://form.jotform.com/200838744213150.

Eugene Pediatric Associates- Offering many health services to families in the community through telemedicine visits. Allows pediatricians and other health care providers to see patients and answer questions while the family remains in the comfort of their home.

Swallowtail Spirits- Offering curbside services for spirits, food, and housemade hand sanitizer. 

Downtown Athletic Club- Ellen Deward, Fitness Director, and other instructors are bringing fitness to you by offering classes through Facebook and Zoom to DAC members.  From KLCC's Rachael McDonald, More gyms turn to virtual fitness https://www.klcc.org/post/more-gyms-turn-virtual-fitness

J. Michaels Bookstore-Providing curbside services and delivery (within a 5-mile radius) for customers. 

Eugene Toy and Hobby-Providing curbside services. https://www.klcc.org/post/pandemic-drives-demand-games-puzzles-and-hobbies

Long’s Meat Market-Offering free delivery to any purchase over $25.

Laughing Planet- Giving free kids meals to students participating in meal-assistance programs during school closures.

Smith Family Bookstore-Providing curbside delivery for phone or email requests.

Run Hub-Curbside services, free delivery in Eugene/Springfield and free shipping to all of Oregon on running equipment.

Thinking Tree Spirits-Working with local government to produce more hand sanitizer for the community.