Happenings in the Wider Community

Jewish Federation of Lane County’s Annual Celebration

Click the invitation for more details. Register by Friday, October 18th!



With winter approaching and St. Vincent de Paul emergency shelters operating at capacity, your help is precious! Please consider the following:

Egan Warming Center needs volunteers for all shifts: Check-in, hospitality, overnight (four-hour shifts), breakfast and check-out. The required training will be held prior to “Egan season,” which runs Nov. 15 through March 2020. Help save lives this winter. Visit www.eganwarmingcenter.com.

Holiday Joy pairs generous sponsors (individuals or groups) with families in SVdP affordable housing, residents of the Girls Youth House, or unhoused families at First Place Family Center. Wish lists are provided. To inquire please email communityengagement@svdp.us.

A Moment In Time will benefit all SVdP programs, giving our “umbrella of services” flexibility in responding to needs as they arise. This unique winter gala will be Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m., Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds. To sponsor, donate or buy tickets call Eileen Sigler at 541.743.7121.


The 7th Annual 90by30 Conference: A Connected Child is a Protected Child

You’re invited to join 90by30 for our seventh annual Conference on November 1 at the Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning. Our theme this year is “Moving Forward: A Connected Child is a Protected Child.” Keynote speaker Miriam Calderon, Director of the Oregon Early Learning Division, will talk about “Raise up Oregon,” the state’s collaborative plan to support young children, and how we all fit into this vision. We will also be highlighting peer-based parent support, including engaging fathers in parent education. Corey Best, a Florida-based national expert on family engagement with lived experience, will share how to partner with – not patronize – parents. We also have a great array of workshops focusing on issues of equity and inclusion, skill building, trauma-informed family engagement, and more.

Click here for full information, and to register.

Donations Needed for OVE
TBI partners with the Jewish Federation of Lane County to help provide much needed donations for Opportunity Village (OVE) residents. OVE  provides tiny houses for people transitioning from homelessness.  There is no electricity or heat, so items that provide warmth are especially important. Please bring donations to the barrel in front of the office. Click here for a full list of needs.

Please let everyone at Temple Beth Israel  know that Opportunity Village is ever so thankful for the donations. We are so appreciative of all that your members do for the village. The blankets are especially appreciated as we have many new villagers who came in with little bedding and now that it is getting so cold they will stay warm.

Alice Gentry
Opportunity Village Council

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