How You Can Help
(Updated July 15, 2020)
We are all in this together. Many of you are asking, “how can I help?”
Learn about the many opportunities to help support our community by volunteering, making donations and giving blood.
- NEW: Red Cross Shelter Help Needed
Experts say the Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire season this summer and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in our local communities. The COVID-19 pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should a large emergency occur in Oregon or Southwest Washington. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking local volunteers to be ready to help their community. There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, we have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce. Volunteers will staff positions at shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and support other vital tasks to help those we serve. Both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.
- Become a Community Responder
United Way has helped launch a text-based “Rapid Access Network” to communicate and fill urgent needs of nonprofits responding to this pandemic. United Way is currently seeking individuals to act as Community Responders – volunteers who can donate time or in-kind items periodically as needs arise. Community Responders receive text message alerts (or emails) when organizations submit requests, and simply reply to the message when able to assist.
- Volunteer directly with local nonprofits
Many nonprofits around Lane County need volunteers to help provide food, shelter, and other essentials to clients during this difficult time. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Volunteer United website to see volunteer opportunities.
- For Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE like new masks, gowns and gloves, should go to Lane County for distribution. New PPE is being collected Monday-Friday from 2-4 p.m. at Lane County’s warehouse (3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene, OR 97408). Visit Lane County’s website for more information.
- United Way of Lane County’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund
UWLC’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund provides urgent assistance to nonprofits serving those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every two weeks, funds are invested in local programs providing food relief, rental assistance, childcare assistance, health services, and support for unhoused and other vulnerable populations. There is no administrative fee: 100% of donations are invested in the community, except for a 3% credit card fee for online donations.
- Make In-kind Donations to Nonprofits in Need
A number of local nonprofits need in-kind donations to continue serving their community. See a list of some of these donation needs on the Volunteer United website.
- FOOD for Lane County
Now more than ever, FOOD for Lane County needs your support to help meet the urgent needs of our community members who fight hunger on a daily basis. COVID-19 poses additional strain on situations that are already precarious. Learn how to donate food and/or financial support.
- St. Vincent de Paul
Support St. Vincent de Paul’s life-saving programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic for our neighbors in need by donating funding or supplies. Current supply needs include un-used/new underwear and socks for adult men and women, as well as feminine hygiene supplies.
Find your neighborhood association to learn about community preparedness and recovery. Residents can request help or sign up to donate and volunteer.
City of Eugene
The City of Eugene is accepting monetary donations to offset the purchase of goods and services, and personnel costs, aiding in the community’s COVID-19 response. Donations cannot be earmarked for particular items or services.
If you or your businesses has resources or other forms of support that you would like to offer to the City of Eugene, please fill out our Resource Needs Form. Resources can come with a cost or be offered for free as a donation. For immediate response to a current need please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can directly support your fellow community members by donating blood. To support physical distancing, appointments are required. The need for blood is constant – patients need your help. Learn how you can donate through the American Red Cross or Bloodworks Northwest.