St. Vincent de Paul

Meyer Memorial Trust

One of the largest private foundations in Oregon awarded over $9.5 million dollars in February alone. Starting today [Monday], the Meyer Memorial Trust is suspending its programs to refocus its giving.

The Meyer Memorial Trust was created in 1982 by the estate of grocery magnate Fred Meyer, but is not connected to the grocery store. Kimberly Wilson is with the Trust. She says the seven-nine month hiatus will help the organization be more directed:

Photo by Eric Alan

The Caldera Songwriters present their third annual group concert as a benefit for the Egan Warming Center, at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. As well as featuring a large array of local songwriters, plus haiku and holiday cheer, the annual event gathers needed supplies for the homeless. In the KLCC studios, Beth Wood performed live, including a new song about Major Thomas Egan, for whom the Egan Warming Center is named; and Charley Harvey of St.

St Vincent de Paul

In time for Veterans Day, Groups in Lane County are launching an effort to end veteran homelessness by 2016. Operation 365 aims to house one veteran each day between now and a year from now.

The local effort is part of a nation-wide program. St Vincent de Paul of Lane County has been awarded a federal 3 year grant of 3-million dollars to help. St. Vinnies Executive Director Terry McDonald:

McDonald: "We have the outreach and the opportunity to make this ambition goal and we're going to make a run at it."

Amanda Butt

Wednesday, St. Vincent de Paul along with sponsoring partners met at Bi-Mart in Eugene to kick-off the “Backpacks for Back to School Drive.”

The “Backpacks for Back-to-School Drive” gives backpacks filled with basic school supplies to Lane County students for their first day of school. Ronnel Curry, executive director of the Springfield Education Foundation says new school supplies are vital to a child’s success.  

Desmond O'Boyle

A group of about 20 University of Oregon veterans volunteered their time and construction skills Saturday to help with a Veterans Housing project in Eugene.

The Veterans Housing Project is a collaborative effort comprised of organizations and volunteers to help military men and women transition back into the community after deployment. Saturday's project, located on Jefferson Street, included building a deck and landscaping work. U of O Veteran Program Coordinator Michael Tieman wishes there were more non-veterans to help out.

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Saint Vincent de Paul

On the eve of a new year, the mayor of Eugene challenges her community to give the gift of housing to forty homeless families.

Seven years ago, Ginny Osteen took a look around and saw that her family had plenty of stuff. That prompted her to make a change. Instead of giving and receiving gifts over the holidays, she asked that money be donated to make a difference in the lives of struggling families.

Egan Warming Center

Eugene's Egan Warming Center will open Tuesday night. With temperatures forecast to drop into the teens, the agency is bracing for a long activation. But there's concern it might not be able to accommodate everyone.

Egan Warming Center is a network of churches that open their doors to homeless people on cold winter nights. St. Vincent de Paul operates the center. Executive Director Terry McDonald says they're looking for additional places-- especially at the end of the week.