Here are a few of the community resources available in the Eugene-Springfield area or online. Check out their websites for more information or for leads to more resources.
Addiction Resource provides a community for those recovering from addiction and helps patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Their goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.
Amigos engages in educational activities tfocusing on the nature and significance of international human rights. They emphasize the importance of respecting immigrant rights as human rights. Amigos advocates on behalf of fair and equitable immigration policies that are responsive to the needs of people from Latin American nations, many of whom come to the United States to escape poverty, political violence, and other human rights violations.
The mission of the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council is to create opportunities which foster friendship and harmonious relations among all people by presenting events and activities that will stimulate a better understanding of Asian and Asian-American cultures.
The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. They use their collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with their communities.
Community Alliance of Lane County, or CALC, has been working since 1966 to create a more just and peaceful community. They seek to collaborate with organizations, institutions, government and individuals to bring about lasting change.
- They address root causes of oppression by seeking to change attitudes, behaviors, and policy through education, activism, and cultural means.
- They challenge themselves and others to address privilege and power, to work collaboratively as effective allies, and help build leadership, especially for dis-empowered and marginalized people.
- They work with and for a multi-racial, multi-class, multi-gendered, multi-generational movement on social justice issues and projects.
The Chinese-American Benevolent Association is a non-profit promoting cultural understanding and hosting programs and activities for the Chinese community in Eugene. Upcoming events are listed on their website.
The Commission focuses on its City Council-approved work plan, community matters, and working within City government. The Commission undertakes a two-year work plan, currently focused on four goals:
1) Building Commission capacity
2) Enhancing the Commission relationship and role within the City government
3) Responding to human rights concerns and trends
4) Working toward a human rights framework in Eugene
Downtown Languages provides educational resources to immigrants and works to create a respected community and safe space. Programs include language classes to learn English, gain U.S. citizenship, computer literacy, and basic adult education.
Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations.
HIV Alliance provides resources, testing, prevention services and education for and about HIV/AIDS. Their website provides educational materials about HIV/AIDS and info on upcoming community events.
Huerto de la Familia works to increase food security and economic empowerment by providing resources in agriculture and entrepreneurship to Lane County Latinos. The organization helps people who have large potential, but little access.
The JAA works to bring together the Japanese American community in Lane County. They host traditional Japanese events and potlucks; support Asian festivals; and provide community building events such as cooking classes and hikes.
On October 27, 2015, the Lane County Board of County Commissioners approved a recommended framework that included:
1. Create a Human Rights Advisory Body;
2. Institutionalize Equity Efforts;
3. Improve Recruitment, Selections, Retention, and Advancement;
4. Require Annual Equity and Access Training for all Lane County Employees; and
5. Engage Community Partners as an Equity and Service Resource.
The Eugene Chamber Latino Business Network is a group for Latino businesses to support one another in their day-to-day business challenges and opportunities in order to ensure their business success. Latino Business owners, managers and co-owners gain information and advice, and mentor one another through peer networking and educational programs.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. In Lane County, primary activities include implementation of education programs and events for public awareness and community building. They also coordinates institutional collaborations to increase cultural inclusion. Included is the Act-So youth empowerment program of the NAACP where local youth compete in categories ranging from the Humanities to the Performing arts.
Established in 1909 to protect the safety and human rights of America’s population of People of Color, the NAACP founded its first branch in Southern Oregon (Eugene) in 1976. While it services Lane County, it also maintains a leadership role in the State of Oregon and provides support to other regional offices.
The goal of the GEAR UP program is to ensure that Oregon's low-income middle school and high school students are prepared for, pursue, and succeed in postsecondary education.
Oregon GEAR UP - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs - is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the contributions of many community partners including The Ford Family Foundation. They work with select middle and high schools over six or seven years to create a college-going culture by providing funding and technical assistance, professional development for educators, and summer opportunities for students.
The vision shared by the OIEA Board Members is to create collaborations with school districts, universities, and state officials to endorse an indigenous knowledge base that enhances, endorses and validates the higher learning of native students. With greater participation in the cultural determination of education, belief is that not only will native students begin to see their place in this world, but non natives will benefit from seeing how much indigenous knowledge can contribute to a new cultural pedagogy of learning.
Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is a nonprofit organization supporting at-risk urban youth. In 31 years, SEI has grown from a 1-week summer basketball camp to a flourishing agency serving thousands of students each year in the greater Portland, Oregon area, with plans to replicate across the country.
Whereas others see only statistics, we see strong individuals, tomorrow’s business owners and leaders, teachers and citizens. We help our students see themselves and their potential the same way. Then we help them find their strengths, ignite their passion and identify the plan that will move them in the direction of their dream. And we stay with them every step of the way, 24/7, 365 days a year from age eight through 25.
SAfER is a social justice group supporting human rights in Springfield. Programs include Shelter Rights, Progressive Responses: Action for Peaceful Tomorrows, and Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity. Contact SAfER if you need assistant regarding human right violations.