Our vision is to inspire hope in our neighbors. We believe that when you have hope, you are better able to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and others.
Our mission is to foster programs to meet community needs.
We have been serving residents of our community since the 1970s. Historically we have used the names Mid-Lane Community Chest and Mid-Lane Community Partnerships.
We are grateful for all of the hands and hopes committed to making lives fuller throughout our community.
The need: One 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”.
It takes the gifts and skills of many individuals and organizations to make these services happen.
Martin Luther King Jr. once observed that “everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.”
Love Project Food Pantry
Distributes about 3-4 tons of food monthly through an average of 325 boxes to about 1000 people. One employee and about 25 volunteers serving our community. Open Mon-Wed-Fri 10-11:30 and 12:30-2. Corinne Newstrom is the manager. Operates out of the back of the Fern Ridge Service Center.
SANTA (Sharing Among Neighbors Toy Appeal)
In 2014 we served 603 children who received a new coat, 2 books, and two new toys selected by their parents. All gifts were handled and wrapped by one of our 150 volunteers. Takes place the last Saturday before Christmas at Veneta Elementary. Alice Nichols is the president.
Around 50 volunteers work twice a month to distribute about 6000 lbs of food to needy families. Dianna Waggoner is the manager.
Helps community members with emergencies involving utility shut-offs. Tony Garcia is the manager.
Jim Petty Scholarship Program
Assists students to pay expenses connected to activities. In recent years we helped with the costs for children at Territorial Sports Program (TSP), the Veneta pool, and the Applegate Art Guild.
Delivers Christmas gifts to home-bound seniors. Administered by Bonnie at Banner (former Siuslaw) Bank.
ROAM (Rural Oregon Accessibility Medical)
Free medical clinic offered the second Saturday of each month at the Veneta Fire Station. In November and May we hold a Project Community Connect at Olivet Baptist Church that offers free medical services, food, haircuts, massage, hearing and sight testing and representatives of various health services in our area. Dr. Willy Foster is the manager.
Fern Ridge Service Center
This houses all the senior programs for our area including the Senior Meals Program and Senior Connections. This is also the location of the Love Project Food Pantry. We offer classes and services for seniors, 60 and over. Lois Riha is the manager.
Our services area covers 475 sq. miles comprised of the Fern Ridge School District and the Crow-Applegate-Loraine School District. Our programs touch one in four families in our community.
Mid Lane Cares provides organized support to build our community’s capacity to help its members. This is made possible through strong partnerships and many dedicated volunteers.
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 proactice or reactive. As a community, we are choosing the former. It is the prudent and most cost-effective course.