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Leaders and community members assess 2015 health survey

After a year-long process, the results from the 2015 Lane County Community Health Assessment survey are in.

Tuesday night, health leaders and community members gathered to look at what matters most to residents when it comes to health services.

Watch coverage on KVAL

Springfield’s NEDCO uses United Way funds to teach financial literacy

Before she became executive director of the Springfield nonprofit, Emily Reiman attended classes at the Neighborhood Economic Development Corp. to learn how to save money for her first home.

“I didn’t have savings for a down payment, and I had student debt, but I wanted to buy on my own,” Reiman said. “I needed some assistance in figuring out how to do that.”

That was in 2006. Reiman took NEDCO classes on home buying and financial literacy. In 2009, she bought a house in Eugene’s River Road neighborhood. One year later, she applied for a job at the organization that had helped her become a homeowner.

“It’s great to see perspective from both sides,” Reiman said. “I’m talking to (clients) about setting up a budget and tracking their expenses, and I know the anxiety that it causes.”

Read the complete story on the Register-Guard

Eugene nonprofit aids the homeless and mentally ill, with help from United Way

One ShelterCare client pitched a tent in the living room of his new apartment and slept in the tent, unsure how to transition from homelessness to housing, an employee of the Eugene nonprofit agency recalled.

ShelterCare, which receives annual funding from United Way of Lane County, helps such men and women who have been homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and who suffer from persistent mental illness or a traumatic brain injury. Volunteers and employees run an array of programs to help these individuals and families transition into emergency and then permanent housing, while also placing the clients in counseling.

Read the complete story on the Register-Guard.

Hundreds Volunteer For The Annual United Day of Caring

EUGENE, Ore. - A huge show of support for the United Way's annual Day of Caring.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd throughout Lane County.

Organizers said they're seeing a huge uptick in the number of volunteers this year with nearly 800 volunteers.

 

Thursday's event is helping out at 36 non-profits, and volunteers are putting in close to 72 hundred hours of service.

According to Brandy Rodtsbrooks, Director of Marketing and Communications at United Way of Lane County, volunteer registration is closed for the event.

However, she said "The wonderful thing about working with the United Way is that there is always a way to get involved."

Rodtsbrooks also said the United Way is always looking for volunteer for events, and people interested in helping out should contact their volunteer coordinator.

- See the interview on KEZI

United Way: 4 in 10 Lane County residents lack income to pay for necessities

More than 300 Lane County community leaders got a stark reminder Thursday of what 4 out of 10 residents face every day: limited income to pay for life's necessities.

At the United Way of Lane County community leaders breakfast, social service experts talked about the challenges outlined in the ALICE report: "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed."

Watch KVAL's complete coverage of the Community Leaders Breakfast.

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