A food pantry available at Springfield Community Service Center can provide both groceries as well as information on assistance programs available in Lane County as well as the city of Eugene. The location relies on a combination of volunteers and funding from partner agencies to help the less fortunate in the community, with a particular focus on senior citizens as well as families with young children. During a visit to the site, residents can learn about other services that may be available.
Donations are used to provide for some of the resources below. Each program is limited in capacity and who can be helped. There is a focus on applicants that are threatened by a short term hardship situation. Some of the resources are as follows.
Students often struggle to find a meal during the holidays or breaks, as the free school lunch program can't help them during this time-frame. So the Summer Food Services for Children, which is United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) support, provides free snacks in lieu of those Breakfast and Lunch meals. The student can receive them at sites such as community centers, churches, or even youth summer camps.
Other Springfield Community Service Center hunger prevention programs distribute free brown bag meals; process applications for food stamps, coordinates food for hot meal programs; and sponsors special events, such as the Annual Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. Many of these other hunger fighting programs are funded by donations and volunteer efforts.
Housing assistance may be offered after applicants meet with a counselor to determine eligibility. Any aid is one time only, and is first come and served. Applicants need to have proof of income, identification, and residency in Lane County as well as the service area.
For those that qualify, small dollar amounts may be issued for a portion of any overdue costs. This can range from utility bills, such as water or heating, to back rent. Any funds from the Springfield Community Service Center will be paid directly to the landlord or energy company. This is done in an effort to ensure that any donations from the community are used properly. Other support includes the following:
Springfield Community Center services provided by these programs are funded by the federal government emergency solutions grant program or private donations. Applicants must live within Lane County as well as meet State of Oregon and Federal Income Guidelines. Most people will need to be turned away due to demand and limited resources.
Eviction prevention and help for the homeless in Lane County can be arranged by Springfield Community Service Center. There are agencies that offer guidance and direct financial assistance. There may be short term loans for paying deposits for rent, electric and water connection fees. This will tend to be for individuals with a pay or quit notice or that have secured housing after being homeless but need help with the move in costs.
Senior Citizen Services are for people age 65 and older. The resident may be able to receive assistance with their basic needs. There is even support for their care givers, in the form of respite. Some of the solutions are as follows.
Anyone seeking help from Springfield Community Service Center will need to be addressing the root cause of why they are low income or in poverty. Solutions for this may be adult education classes, help in studying for GED exams, and job placement. For more information on any program, call 541-345-3628.
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