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Finding ways to give back

Blair Ryan

Many people feel the humanitarian itch to volunteer and give back to their community this time of year. In the spirit of giving, there are many ways to get involved around Eugene during the holidays.

Valley River Center’s Giving Tree
Fulfill a child’s Christmas wish by picking a card, which lists an item a needy child wants
for Christmas, from the mall’s Giving Tree. Replace the card with the gift that you purchased.

(541) 683-5513

YMCA’s Winter Break Program
Duties as a winter break volunteer include going on field trips, leading group games and being a daytime counselor.

(541) 686-9622

Food for Lane County
Donate food, organize a food drive or volunteer to help feed the hungry year-round through one or more of FFLC’s various programs.

Sheyla Norte
(541) 343-2822
[email protected]

St. Vincent De Paul
A retail thrift chain funded by Lane County’s largest non-profit humanitarian organization, SVdP takes unwanted clothes, books, furniture, household items and bicycles year-round. During the holiday season, donated children’s clothes will go to impoverished children in Tibet.

(541) 762-7837

Lane Memorial Blood Bank
Help save up to three lives by donating blood. Anyone healthy, 16 or older and more than 110 pounds can donate blood in Oregon. 

(541) 484-9111

Greenhill Humane Society
Students can help animals find homes during the holidays by volunteering at the shelter or fostering animals in their own homes. There will be several volunteer orientation sessions during December.


Challah for Hunger
Volunteers are needed for the Challah for Hunger Eugene chapter. Half of the profits from the group go to the American Jewish World Service’s Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund and the remaining half goes to FOOD for Lane County.

[email protected]



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