Egan Warming Center Calls for Volunteers
article by Kelly Rush | Director of Communications, Eugene Chamber of Commerce
Volunteering at the Egan Warming Center can be a life-changing opportunity for anyone who wants to understand the serious and life-threatening challenges that unsheltered people face.
The center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul, is named in honor of Thomas Egan, a homeless veteran who died of exposure. Community warming centers offer rest and life-saving heat to people who have nowhere to go on freezing nights–they also depend on volunteers who can assist at check-in and in other capacities.
If you’re a business owner, please consider sharing this volunteer opportunity with your staff. Chamber Business Advocacy Director Samantha Roberts has volunteered with the center, and said of the experience: “Volunteering with the Egan Warming centers was life changing for me. Knowing that I was helping to save a person from sleeping in dangerously cold and wet conditions made the effort worth everything. No other volunteer experience has felt so critical.”
Additionally, St. Vinny’s is seeking spaces that could operate as shelter or warming sites throughout the area. The spaces should hold between 20 and 200 people; offer floor space for mats or cots; have heat and electricity; restroom access; and be ADA accessible.