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Egan Warming Center Close to People’s Hearts

Categories: Events, Homeless Aid, Egan Warming Center
Author: SVdP Staff
Date: Friday, December 28 2012
Community members Beth Wood and Sean McGowen drop off loads of donations for the Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Center opened its doors on December 31 and January 1, sheltering over 100 people from nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Thanks to the hard work of many caring community members, the program is going strong in its fifth year.

Caldera Songwriters Group recently hosted a benefit concert at Tsunami Books in south Eugene. Besides accepting donations for the Egan Warming Center, the group asked people to bring warm clothing, coats, sleeping bags, socks and other items designed to keep people warm.

Those requests yielded over $800 and two carloads full of goods, which singer-songwriters Beth Wood and Sean McGowan brought to St. Vincent de Paul on December 28. Executive Director Terry McDonald, Associate Director Charley Harvey, and Egan Warming Center staffer Doug Bales were on hand to accept the check and put items into storage until they're needed. Thank you for your support, Caldera Songwriters Group!

Local nightclub Cowfish also hosted a spaghetti dinner and dance party to raise funds for the Egan Warming Center this month. Their efforts yielded over $500 and increased awareness about the program. Thanks to all the wonderful folks at Cowfish!

Egan staff is always grateful for the support of hundreds of volunteers who operate the shelters whenever they open. Their commitment to serving our community's most vulnerable citizens is truly humbling.

The Egan Warming Center's mission is to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15 and March 31. They are always seeking more volunteers to serve guests when the centers open; donations of sleeping bags, blankets and other items; and monetary donations to pay for food, gas and other necessary supplies. For more information about how you can help, please visit the Egan Warming Center website.