For more than 30 years, Community Sharing Program has been extending a helping hand to people in need. Caring residents founded Community Sharing when a local lumber mill closed, forcing dozens of families into economic crisis.
Today, more than 5500 individuals rely on Community Sharing to help them meet their basic needs. Its food pantry, a member of the Oregon Food Bank system, provides eligible families with 3-5 days’ worth of food each month, including meat, produce, non-perishable items, breads, and dairy products (as available).
Recognizing the growth of the Latino population in South Lane County, Community Sharing was the first pantry in the state to offer Hispanic foods as part of its monthly selection. More than 80 families take advantage of this program, including some non-Hispanic households.
|Community Sharing’s mission is to provide for South Lane County community members’ basic needs with support, life-skill tools, and other resources that promote self-sufficiency.|
In addition to the goods and services it provides to families in need, Community Sharing also offers opportunities to participate in rewarding volunteer work in its food pantry, office, and community garden. More than 70 volunteers help keep the organization running smoothly year-round.
Eligibility for programs is based on gross income. Food boxes are available to individuals and families with monthly incomes no greater than 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Most non-food programs require incomes not exceeding 125% of the FPL. Community Sharing does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, or nationality.
A 501(c)(3) public charity and United Way agency, Community Sharing relies on private donations, grants, and government contracts to fund its services, which include:
- Gently used clothing and shoes
- Housewares, paper products, diapers, and personal hygiene items
- Help to pay for photo ID
- Rent assistance
- Help paying electric, water and gas bills
- Wood for heating (seasonal)
- Free bus passes or gas vouchers for transportation to out-of-town job interviews and medical appointments
- Supplies for unhoused persons: laundry, showers, propane, tarps, blankets, sleeping bags (as available)
- Up to $75 per family per year in non-narcotic prescription assistance
- Back-to-school gift cards for free shoes for school-aged children
Community Sharing también le ofrece a la comunidad latina:
- Ayuda para llenar solicitudes y formularios de varios tipos
- Intérprete inglés/español para citas con personal de Community Sharing
- Selecciones especiales de alimentos hispanos cada mes
- Referencias a otras recursos de ayuda a la comunidad de habla hispana.
Program Eligibility Requirements
Food boxes, clothing, housewares, paper products and personal hygiene items
- Completed household information sheet
- Verification of residency within service area (except for homeless individuals)
- Gross monthly income not more
than 185% Federal Poverty Level
Emergency Service Center Programs
(gasoline/bus passes, laundry and shower vouchers, prescriptions, ID’s, holiday programs, shoe cards and most other non-food voucher programs)
- Completed household information sheet; service area residency
- Copy of Social Security card for everyone in household (for those who have SSN) – kids included
- Copy of photo ID (except for ID replacements) for all adults in household
- Proof of prior month’s income for all adults in household: this can be a food stamp benefits printout, 1 month’s check stubs, SSA award letter, etc.
Households must have total gross monthly income not exceeding 125% of the FPL.
Rental and Energy Assistance Programs
Requirements vary. Contact program officer.
We’re Here to Help!
Executive Director: Mike Fleck
Pantry Manager: Bill San Miguel
Client Intake: Samantha Sutherland
Energy Assistance: Marcy Andrews and Rachel Peltzer
Part of Community Sharing’s Funding is provided by the Human Services Commission, the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield and Lane County.