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Welcome to Mid Lane Cares
The mission of the Mid Lane Cares (MLC) is to foster programs to meet community needs through a vision: to inspire hope in our neighbors. We believe when you have hope, you are better able to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and others.
Formerly known as Mid Lane Community Partnerships, Mid Lane Cares has been serving western Lane County residents for over thirty years. Begun in the 1970's, and sustained through the efforts of an entirely volunteer workforce, MLC helps to meet basic needs of food, assistance with fuel, utilities and prescriptions. MLC coordinates resources for youth and young adults to enhance their opportunities for positive development. MLC provides scholarships which allow young people who might otherwise be unable, to participate in art and athletic programs.
Seasonally, MLCP also provides the Silver Tree and SANTA (Sharing Among Neighbors Toy Appeal) projects. Silver Tree provides gifts for home bound seniors and SANTA provides toys for school aged children. Respectively, an average of 40 seniors and 400 children are gifted each holiday season.
MLC provides organizational support to build the capacity of the community to provide for the unique needs of all its citizenry. This is made possible through strong partnerships. Love Project volunteers manage a three day a week food pantry. Other volunteers screen requests for emergency assistance. Elmira High School, Crow High School, Territorial Sports Program and Middle School, Veneta Parks program, Explorers Club, Applegate Art Guild and Campfire USA submit scholarship requests for their students. Most requests are granted and youth receive half or more of the tuition rate.
An indicator of the proportion of lower-income households in the target service area is the number of children eligible for free or reduced lunch. Between the two school districts, the average is 42 percent of all children are eligible. This does not include children who are home schooled. As participation in the free or reduced lunch program is voluntary, this is likely an underestimate of the actual number of qualifying students. The Register-Guard reported that as of the end of October 2008, 20,402 Lane County households were enrolled in various emergency “basic needs” and family stabilization programs. According to county data, that is an increase of 19 percent in two years. And the paper noted “The problem is worst in the rural areas”.
MLC is the only organization providing this combination of services in the Fern Ridge and Crow-Applegate-Lorraine school districts, a 480 square mile territory.
The financial support for MLC is a blend of individual and corporate donations, grants, special events, local utility assistance funds and United Way of Lane County. Support comes locally from residents, merchants, faith based organizations and community business groups. We also receive regional support from regional charitable grantors. Our volunteers also are both local and regional.
We have a choice of being proactive or reactive. As a community, we are choosing the former. It is the prudent and most cost effective course.
Martin Luther King Jr. once observed that "everybody can be great, because anybody can serve."
It takes the gifts and skills of many individuals and organizations to make these services happen. We are grateful for all of the hands and hopes committed to making lives fuller throughout our community.