Help us make Eugene and Springfield Cities of Kindness in Oregon


Our Supporters

Spreading Kindness Campaign has support for making Eugene and Springfield Cities of Kindness from many local individuals and organizations.

Individual Supporters

Individual supporters include Bill Morrisette, Rev. Bingham Powell, Carmen Urbina, Rev. Dan Bryant, David Fidanque, Debbie Egan, Ed Kameenui, Gary Baran, Guadalupe Quinn, Hafiz Lealand, Helen Park, Jerry Tindal, Jim Torrey, Judy Newman, Keith Hollenbeck, Kitty Piercy, Lucy Vinis, Marion Malcolm, Marshall Peter, Michael Carrigan, Mitch Hagstrom, Nancy Golden, Phyllis Hockley, and Ronnie Egger.

Organizational Supporters

Active Bethel Citizens (ABC) was chartered by the City of Eugene in May 1974. We are one of 19 neighborhood associations recognized by the City.

ABC has been formed to help resolve the concerns of the people of the neighborhood. These concerns include but are not limited to: land use and planning, social, recreational, educational, economic development and transportation needs; and to promote a sense of community cohesiveness and self-reliance.

ABC will also serve in an educational capacity to inform the citizens in this community, and to continue the planning process by periodically reevaluating its goals, objectives, and recommendations.

Read their letter of support here

Utilizing a “whole life” approach, Allies empowers, encourages and educates individuals with exceptionalities by providing high quality supports with daily living skills at home and in the community.

Dedicated to Andrea Wiggins who died at the hands of her husband in 2010 but lives on in the comfort and joy brought by her efforts to the lives of many.
Our mission: We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit to help people turn toward each other concerning life’s challenges. We do this by teaching, practicing, and encouraging caring communication.

Capella Market is a natural foods store in Eugene, Oregon. Our connection to, our history with & our experience in the natural foods market is robust, and it shows. It shows in our friendly customer service & knowledgeable staff. It shows in our departments, from our Produce department stock full of organic & local fruits & veggies to our Meat department with hormone & antibiotic free choices.

Cascade Manor is a Continuing Care Retirement Community dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those we serve in a stimulating, secure environment.

Responding to Christ’s message to love our neighbors as ourselves, Catholic Community Services offers immediate help by providing food and other assistance to anyone in need and seeks to instill hope by helping Lane County families take positive steps to move out of poverty.

Center for Family Development (CFD) is dedicated to supporting family relationships. CFD believes healthy families create healthy people and recognizes the many different ways to be a family. 

Centro Latino Americano empowers Latino families by providing opportunity and building bridges for a stronger community.

Our vision is a thriving, connected community where all people are valued.

Our agency values are:

  • Empowerment
  • Advocacy
  • Family
  • Collaboration
  • Caring
  • Inclusivity

The College of Education at the University of Oregon is a community of leading researchers and practitioners dedicated to transformational scholarship, integrated teaching, and collaborative practice designed to enhance individual lives and systems within a culture that values diversity and promotes respect and inclusion.

Community Alliance of Lane County, or CALC, has been working since 1966 to create a more just and peaceful community.  We seek to collaborate with organizations, institutions, government and individuals to bring about lasting change.

Community Supported Shelters is a non-profit with the focus of creating low-cost/big impact strategies for supplying basic shelter and supportive community to those in need. Thanks to CSS, 119 people received safe shelter in 2018. Of those, 53 exited into a better living situation.

DanceAbility International’s mission is to dissolve barriers and connect people with and without disabilities through dance and movement. This mission is accomplished through classes, workshops and events for adults and children, performances, teacher trainings and educational materials for teachers of inclusive dance.

Downtown Languages is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for immigrants and building respect and understanding across cultures by providing language, literacy, and other educational programs. 

The Early Education Program (EEP) is Lane County’s largest specialized preschool.  We have successfully served preschoolers with special needs, including autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays, since 1981.  Currently, nearly 200 children attend our classrooms in Creswell, Veneta, Junction City, Eugene, and Springfield.

Emergence provides cutting edge recovery for people who suffer from addictions and mental health disorders. 

Empty Field – Zen West’s mission is to foster an intimate setting for lay practitioners to explore the wisdom and compassion of the Zen tradition, and provide practice and training forms adapted to a Western context integrating a contemporary awareness of psychology, social responsibility, ecological awareness and mindful body practice.

Eugene Area Gleaners is a group of volunteers working to bridge the gap between growers with surplus food and hungry families. They glean from farms as well as backyards.

The Eugene Buddhist Priory temple is a place for sincere and dedicated people of the Eugene-Springfield area to practice serene reflection meditation with the guidance of a monastic teacher. The focus of this tradition is silent meditation, or zazen, and is known in Japan as Soto Zen.

The Eugene Family YMCA strengthens our diverse community by offering programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

We want to be a positive, unique influence in service to our community. Our organization is grounded in our commitment to the following values- We create an environment where trust flourishes and people are safe.

  • We demonstrate unconditional love for self and others.
  • We develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect.
  • We appreciate diversity.
  • We are fair. 

The Eugene Mission is Eugene/Springfield’s only full-service wellness center for the homeless, providing its guests with a path off the streets, both for the short-term and long-term, by sharing the hope and love of Christ in word and in action!

In 1984, two sisters, Leslie Hunter and Karen Sequeira, sang on the railroad tracks to protest movement of nuclear waste by train through Eugene, after which they founded Eugene Peace Choir. We combined our love of music and the world we live in through singing songs that support peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. We continue to strive to enhance our musical skills, enrich our lives, and deepen collaborations with other community groups to contribute to our shared mission. Eugene Peace Choir is a non-sectarian all-comers choir that welcomes anyone to join.

The seven-member Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the school district. The board derives its legal authority from the statutes of the State of Oregon.

See the letter of support here.

Centered around spiritual growth, the First Baptist Church of Springfield calls people to mature in faith and reach out in Christ. The summary words of our mission statement describe the heart and passion of this community of faith: “Growing Together, Reaching Out, Training Leaders.”  In so doing, we keep before us the greatest commandment, to love.  Choose Kindness is certainly in keeping with our mission and we are in support of the program.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming, progressive Christian Church, seeking to live Jesus’ vision of inclusive community and mission.

FOOD for Lane County is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit food bank founded in 1984 and dedicated to eliminating hunger by creating access to food. We accomplish this by soliciting, collecting, rescuing, growing, preparing and packaging food for distribution through a network of 157 social service agencies and programs; through public awareness, education and community advocacy; and through programs designed to improve the ability of low-income individuals to maintain an adequate supply of wholesome, nutritious food. These programs include emergency food boxes, shelters, meal sites, rehabilitation facilities, nutrition education, gleaning and community gardens. We serve a diverse population of people living on limited incomes including children, families, seniors and single adults.

The purpose of Friendly Area Neighbors is to build community at the neighborhood level and improve the livability of the neighborhood.

GenerationPMTO alters family dynamics and opens doors to healthy new social environments with long lasting and far reaching results. For example, families receiving GenerationPMTO continued to experience positive outcomes throughout a nine-year follow-up period including reductions in:

  • delinquency,
  • deviant peer associations,
  • depression for both youth and mothers,
  • police arrests for both youth and mothers, and
  • early onset police arrests of youth.

Greenhill Humane Society is embarking on a $5.6 million campaign to improve the lives of homeless, abandoned and neglected animals as well as the lives of people who love animals. 
Please join us in building a humane community.

Huerto de la Familia offers Latino families a place to connect to their roots and the earth by growing their own organic food, as well as education in organic gardening, small scale farming, and small business creation. We build wide-ranging partnerships throughout Lane County in order to achieve our goals of increased health, cultural identity, leadership, and economic security for Latino families.

Jasper Mountain provides a continuum of programs that meets the needs of emotionally disturbed children and their families. Services include an intensive residential treatment program with a therapeutic school, a short-term residential center, treatment foster care program, community based wraparound program and crisis response services.

For over 80 years, Kendall has been giving back hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and organizations that support families, children and education. Through our Kendall Cares program, we donate and invest in the communities we serve by supporting a variety of causes like youth development and health care for the underserved. We care about what you care about.

Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is a community of people in and near Eugene, Oregon, responding to the rich musical tradition of the people of Zimbabwe by creating a center for teaching and performing Zimbabwean music. Kutsinhira Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. Kutsinhira offers classes in Zimbabwean marimba and mbira, and organizes lessons and workshops with visiting Zimbabwean master musicians.

Since 1970, Looking Glass has proudly provided assistance to individuals in our community, helping them lead more productive and fulfilling lives. We offer a wide range of services aimed toward solving challenges related to educational deficits, behavioral health issues, drug addiction, and homelessness. Our organization is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is committed to providing exceptional customer service to the children, adolescents, and adults of Lane County.  

Founded in 1981, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a disability-led non-profit organization headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, USA advancing disability rights and leadership globally.® By implementing innovative programs, we are building bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities.

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. This is in part due to the leadership of its management and priorities set by its Education Committee.

New Day Bakery and World Cafe serving the Eugene Community since 1989. Located in the popular Whiteaker neighborhood on Blair Blvd, we use fresh foods and organic produce locally sourced from the Willamette Valley. 

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

Options Counseling Services of Oregon was founded by three women in the small, coastal community of Florence, Oregon, in 1991. Now it is headquartered in Eugene. Options is committed to providing quality, cost-effective mental health and family preservation services to the families who make up the metropolitan and rural communities of Oregon. Over the years, Options has expanded their services to include 11 counties throughout Oregon: Clackamas, Lincoln, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Marion, Polk and Yamhill.

Oregon Pacific Bank is proud to contribute to the social and economic success of the communities we serve. We have over 100 local employees working out of our various locations, many who have been part of our team for over a decade. We promote a culture of caring, encouraging our staff to be involved in worthwhile community endeavors. Taking this to heart, almost all of our employees are currently involved in the community in some way. In addition to general volunteer time, many of our employees serve in leadership positions on numerous influential community organizations. Aside from volunteer hours, Oregon Pacific Bank supports numerous community organizations through sponsorships and donations.

The Palmo Center for Peace and Education, a non-profit organization, provides a welcoming environment where people of all faiths, cultures, political affiliations, and social orientations can thrive.

The Center’s programs are based on wisdom drawn from the disciplines of neuroscience, psychology, economics, medicine, ecology, and contemplative traditions. Programs are offered in schools, hospitals, prisons, military institutions, and community venues. We host an array of well-known public figures, such as The Dalai Lama and Dr. Arun Ghandi, as a way to educate the heart and the mind, and promote dialogues which explore and honor interconnectedness.

ShelterCare enriches lives through exceptional services that nurture hope, opportunity and dignity.

Southeast Neighbors is the neighborhood association formally recognized by the City of Eugene as representing the Southeast Neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon. The association is active and engaged in issues like neighborhood safety, livability, local politics, sustainability, building community, and outreach. As Southeast Neighbors, we care about the quality of life in our neighborhood, and we work together to maintain and improve it. Through our collective actions, consultative relationship with the City of Eugene, participation in the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) and other local groups, and through our many other relationships and organizational efforts, we share great opportunities to protect and contribute to the beautiful place we live in.

Sponsors transforms lives and strengthens the community by providing life-changing opportunities for people with criminal histories. Sponsors offers a broad range of services—housing, employment, counseling, and mentoring—that people need to be successful.

Guided by the teaching of Jesus Christ, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church strives to fulfill this mission with the following values:

  • Building relationships inside and outside our church
  • Welcoming all backgrounds, ages, and ways of life
  • Giving, serving, and caring
  • Connected to the past, present, and future
  • Fostering a spiritually, socially, and financially healthy parish
  • Laity and clergy partnering in leadership and service

St. Vincent de Paul is Lane County’s largest nonprofit human services organization. Founded in 1953 and incorporated in 1955, the Agency helps more than 84,000 individuals and families each year with emergency and homeless services, and affordable housing. St. Vincent de Paul is committed to providing comprehensive programs to alleviate poverty and help all individuals find a path out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Founded in 2004, Summit Bank is a full service business bank and the only independent community bank headquartered in Eugene Oregon.  Our mission is to be the best community bank for businesses and professionals, achieved through our community involvement and relationship-based business model.  What truly differentiates us from other financial institutions is that all of our decision making is done locally, which results in quick turnaround times for loan requests, local underwriting, and flexible solutions.

Surata Soy Foods was formed in March of 1977 by a group of people who didn’t know that it could never work. Early on, Surata made and has maintained a commitment to using only organic, non-GMO soybeans and other ingredients in all its products. All our beans are purchased from certified organic growers inside the U.S. or Canada, and Surata itself is certified organic by the USDA through CCOF.

The Trauma Healing Project was initiated 14 years ago by a coalition of survivors, lay community members, professionals, students and researchers concerned about the negative impact of trauma on individual and community health.  We believe that in order to improve the quality of life in our communities and to end violence and abuse, healing and recovery must be understood, promoted, and accessible.

Trips, Inc. works to provide travel opportunities to people of various abilities in a safe, respectful, and fun atmosphere. All of our special adventures seek to create an environment that promotes personal and emotional growth, friendship and learning.

Volunteers In Medicine is a primary care medical clinic for low-income, underserved adults and their households in Lane County who can’t afford health care coverage. Even with the Affordable Care Act, many individuals lack the financial means to pay for high deductibles, co-pays, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Services include primary health care, women’s health care, behavioral health care, diabetes management, onsite pharmacy and physical therapy.

White Bird Clinic is a collective environment organized to enable people to gain control of their social, emotional, and physical well-being through direct service, education, and community.

The mission of Willamette Family, Inc. is to provide readily accessible, quality mental health and substance abuse/addiction care for men, women, youth, and families in an atmosphere that promotes compassion, healing, respect and well-being for all.