FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Families Connected
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event will offer people of all abilities the opportunity to work together to help others
Springfield, Ore. — Jan. 22, 2019 — The Arc Lane County, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary School and Twin Rivers Rotary will partner again this Friday to help feed homeless individuals. The event will include several hundred students and adults working in the school classrooms making 500 sandwiches starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at 1084 G St., Springfield, and then immediately delivering those meals to homeless residents at five Eugene locations. Delivery sites are the Eugene Mission (1542 W 1st Ave., Eugene), Opportunity Village (111 N. Garfield St., Eugene), and three St. Vincent de Paul locations. The first batch of meals will be delivered at Eugene Mission.
The project provides an opportunity for students to engage in hands-on learning about healthy food and community service. It’s also a chance for people of all abilities, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to partner on a positive project that helps others.
“By working together we reduce hunger among our neighbors, build connections among our community members, and provide young students with nutrition and community service skills that can benefit them throughout their lives,” said Angela Phinney, assistant executive director for Arc Lane County. “Each person involved in the project – including those with and without disabilities – benefits from it in a positive, reciprocal way.”
The event was made possible by local volunteers and a grant from The Arc National through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant focuses on hunger relief and encourages diversity, both in ability and in race and ethnicity.
The Arc Lane County, a grassroots nonprofit, provides services in Lane County to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The mission of The Arc is to advocate to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc envisions a world in which all persons have the support they need for personal development, independence, and interdependence with family and friends, and inclusion in the community. Learn more about The Arc Lane County at www.arclane.org.