November 2019 Newsletter

2021 Beyond the Finish Line

City of Kindness

Mayor Lucy Vinis gave a keynote presentation at the Choose Kindness campaign kickoff.On November 3, Eugene-Springfield’s Choose Kindness campaign kicked off at the Shedd. The intent of this campaign, which is led by a volunteer group of community members, is to make the culture of Eugene and Springfield more kind. The greatest likelihood of success occurs when all sectors of the community commit, in their own way, to promote kindness. 

This initiative is unique in that the organizers have had the target date of 2021 in mind when messaging the campaign. The idea is to make our culture more kind overall, and also ensure that we welcome the world with kindness during the 2021 World Athletics Championships. 

Over 600 people turned out for the kick-off event, with key note presentations from Mayor Lucy Vinis and Tom Tait, former Mayor of Anaheim, CA, who is seen as the leader of Cities of Kindness movement.

Generosity and Kindness in our Organization

We put a call out to see how our staff give back to the community and the response was enormous! THANK YOU to everyone who contributes time and generosity; this is by no means an exhaustive list. 

Here are just a few of the kindness initiatives that are happening throughout our organization:

  • United Way Campaign
    While this year’s numbers are still being calculated, last year 349 City staff contributed $141,000 through the annual United Way campaign. This made us the #2 organization in Lane County giving by dollar amount. Early in this year’s campaign, the City passed the $3,000,000 mark in total contributions over the lifetime of the campaign!
  • Eugene Police Department
    Officers paired up with children to shop for holiday gifts at annual Shop with a Cop event. EPD’s kindness initiatives include Special Delivery of Thanksgiving Meals to Disabled/Disadvantaged Veterans and Their Families (in collaboration with Elk Horn Brewery and backed by American Hero Adventures); Shop With A Cop on Dec. 7 where officers pair up with 35 children to shop for holiday gifts; and the 5th Annual EPD Holiday Meal Service at St. Vincent de Paul Lindholm Center where staff serve meals to 300 people in need. 
  • Public Works
    Out at the Public Works Roosevelt Yard, staff personally donated $1,800 for this year’s St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Joy program, which supported 24 people needing clothes, toys, sheets, dishes, pots and pans, and home goods. 
  • Public Works Administration
    Each year staff purchase and wrap gifts for families in need. Public Works Administration is holding their annual holiday fundraiser that will support local nonprofit Bags of Love. The team will be selling tickets to enter drawings for donated items. Tickets go on sale 12/5 during their Holiday Open House and will be available to purchase through 12/19.

  • Eugene Public Library
    Library staff created a scarf tree for community members in need. Library staff are committed to helping keep the community warm. In November, members of the Adult Services team put up a Scarf Tree on the 3rd floor of the library and invited community members to knit or crochet a scarf that others in need may take to keep warm. Staff located in the Library have kept the tree chock-full of scarves, replenishing it three times in the past week alone! The tree will be up throughout the winter – feel free to visit it and contribute a scarf!