Activist Alert

Warmth for the homeless, burritos for the poor

Yes for Healthcare, the campaign to protect health care for vulnerable Oregonians such as seniors, people with disabilities and 400,000 children, is holding a Yes on Measure 101 Rally and Canvass Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza. The rally begins at noon and features Rep. Nancy Nathanson and other community leaders. Organizers say that at 1 pm, volunteers will begin knocking on doors to tell voters to vote yes on Measure 101 on Jan. 23.

Burrito Brigade, a grassroots nonprofit organization serving hot vegan meals to the hungry in Eugene/Springfield, says it served its 100,000th nutritious meal since it started three years ago. If you want to help out, you can join the Brigade at the First Christian Church at 1166 Oak Street Dec. 3 and 10. Burrito prep starts at 11 am, burrito rolling is at 1 pm, and distribution and clean up after making about 500 burritos kicks off at 1:45 pm. Burrito Brigade asks you join its Facebook event so they know you are coming. Search “Sunday Burrito Brigade” on Facebook.

• On Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 pm, in First Christian Church parlor at 1166 Oak Street there will be an Egan Warming Center volunteer training. Organizers say to use the south door to enter the parlor, and the pay-to-park lot across the alley from the church is open 24 hours, seven days a week.  Fill out and submit the new volunteer application on the website. Go to for more info.

• Oregon’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program seeks volunteers to “advocate for residents who are elderly and disabled living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care homes to help ensure resident rights, dignity, safety and care.” According to the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, “the need for volunteer ombudsmen in Lane County is great. Currently, only 60 percent of the facilities have an ombudsman assigned to them, leaving many vulnerable residents without the advocacy and protection they need.” Volunteers work about four hours a week. Applications are due Dec. 15 and training will be held in Eugene January 2018. For more info call 800-522-2602 or go to

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