CARES Center Opens

107. That's how many food boxes the CARES Center provided to people in need during its opening last week.

Due to the hardships related to the pandemic and recent wildfires, many people in our community are in need of basic necessities. To help fill the need, The Arc is accepting donations of new and lightly used clothing, home goods, toiletries and diapers for the CARES Center. Read the CARES Center Flyer to see how you can help.

If you are in need of food or other resources, visit the CARES Center on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
CARES Center Volunteer Learning Skills
While Helping Others

The CARES Center is helping people in need in the Eugene and Springfield communities, but it is also giving other people an opportunity to volunteer and learn valuable workplace skills.

Ray is one such individual. Ray is friendly, charismatic and he enjoys helping others facing food insecurity like he once did as a child. While serving others, Ray is learning merchandising, communication and other business skills that will help him find his dream job of working at a grocery store. Read Ray’s Success Story.
The Arc Reopening Plan Approved, Tentative Reopening Date Scheduled

Great news! The Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) has reviewed and approved The Arc's reopening plan. While we are grateful for this news, The Arc remains concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Lane County, and has thus set a tentative reopening date of November 1.

During the wait to reopen, The Arc will be remodeling a portion of its building for the CARES Center, and staff will continue to provide support to clients outside the physical building.

We are looking forward to the day when we can reconnect with employees and friends alike, but we want to keep everyone safe and healthy.
No Tree of Joy Gift Giving This Year

This is the time of year The Arc normally starts planning its annual Tree of Joy gift giving campaign, but 2020 has been anything but 'normal'. Due to the ongoing pandemic, The Arc Lane County has decided to cancel its annual Tree of Joy gift giving campaign this year.

We understand this decision may be hard on our friends and families who enjoy celebrating the holidays at The Arc Lane County. We had to make this difficult decision to keep our employees and community healthy and safe.
Vote in November 3 Election

Election Day is less than 3 weeks away! In addition to the presidential race, there are many important measures on the ballot.

Cognitopia, a local company that develops applications to help people with disabilities be more independent, has developed a tool to help people exercise their right to vote. Check out Voting in Oregon and be sure to cast your ballot on or before Tuesday, November 3.
Lane Forest Products Donates to Arc Park

Our heartfelt appreciation to Lane Forest Products for its $20K in kind donation to the Arc Park. We are very grateful for the Lane Forest Products that will beautify and enhance the park.

The Arc remains $10K shy of the $80K needed to complete the first phase of the Arc Park, which will include the Comcast amphitheater, restrooms and community meeting space. Every little bit helps, so please Donate to the Arc Park.

The Arc is awaiting approval from the city of Springfield on park permits, and once the permits have been granted, The Arc will schedule the date for the park groundbreaking. Stay tuned!