Save Lives. Show Up for Egan

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Date: Monday, December 28 2020

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The Egan Warming Center (EWC) is an expression of community solidarity. It’s people participating in the social safety net for themselves and their neighbors. It’s a collaboration among nonprofits, volunteers and faith communities.

At its core, the Egan Warming Center is a zero-barrier emergency shelter that knows no strangers when temperatures drop to life-threatening levels.

Winter can be deadly for unhoused community members. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVdP), program administrator, is mobilizing resources to shelter as many people as possible through The Egan Warming Center. Most needed are volunteers who are low risk for COVID-19, and high on saving lives.

Open when it’s too dangerous to be outdoors, Egan serves adults who typically aren’t connected to social service programs and, separately, unhoused youth. The current program has operated each winter since 2009, but 2020 is particularly challenging because of the pandemic. Here’s how:

• Despite adhering to strict safety protocols, we cannot ask our cadre of volunteers, many of them seniors, to staff Egan sites;

• Risk of exposure makes it difficult for faith communities to lend their buildings to Egan, as they have in the past.

• COVID-19 guidelines limit Egan operations to 50 people per site, or 40 guests and 10 volunteers. On a particularly harsh night, as many as six or seven sites would be needed.

• Lack of shelter space and volunteers could doom those living outdoors. Egan Warming Center needs appropriate sites, ample space and a heat source preferred.

Egan needs compassionate, caring, adult volunteers. Interested in volunteering? 

Email eganwarmingcenter@svdp.us for additional questions. THANK YOU SO MUCH!