At First Congregational Church our vision is a just, compassionate, and peaceful world that honors all of God’s creation. We work towards this vision with the following activities.

In the past year:

  • Hosted two families at our Parkside Homes free of cost
  • Hosted pallet shelters for five different family units from March into the summer months, furnished the shelters to make them comfortable and paid for electricity to provide heat and lighting.
  • Conducted a drive that brought in carloads of diapers, diaper wipes, laundry pods and feminine hygiene products for the Mission, the Relief Nursery, Centro Latino and St. Vincent de Paul
  • Supported families and individuals in need with more than $10,000 in small gifts through our Good Samaritan Fund.  These funds typically paid overnight emergency housing, for gas, car repairs so parents could get to work, etc. 
  • Collected 87 coats and jackets that were donated to low-income individuals as the winter approached.
  • Supported a holiday gift drive for 108 children and low-income adults in Lane County.
  • Donated $1000 to Everyone Village for a new safe sleep site for those without permanent housing                       
  • Donated $1000 to Volunteers in Medicine to serve those without medical care    
  • Donated $1000 to Carry it Forward to provide clothing and hygiene items to those who are unhoused.
  • Donated $450 to Catholic Worker to provide food, clothing, and hygiene items to unhoused individuals
  • Donated $250 to Sheltercare to support housing and case management for individuals with mental illness and families on the verge of homelessness.

In the past year:

  • Donated $4100 to fund a summer camp experiences for children at St. Vincent’s First Place
  • Donated $17,000 to support scholarships for 22 students from the isle de Tasajera, El Salvador so they could continue their high school, technical or college education.  
  • Provided backyard landscaping and maintenance for the Looking Glass Station Seven house for unhoused youth and youth in crisis, to assure a place of respite and calm
  • Collected furniture for the new Youth House sponsored by Hybrid Realty and Looking Glass.

In the past year:

  • Supported Refugee Resettlement Coalition by collecting needed household items and donating $250
  • Supported Oregon Community Alliance Network with a donation of $250 to help with legal costs for asylum seekers.

In the past year:

  • The Social Justice and Witness committee voted to support Fossil Free Eugene efforts
  • Donated $250 to 350 Eugene to raise awareness about the climate crisis
  • Youth participated the Beach Cleanup through SOLV.
  • Participated in EarthKeepers, an ecumenical group addressing the climate crisis.

In the past year:

  • Sponsored and staffed a booth at the Eugene-Springfield Pride festival
  • Contributed $250 to St. Mark’s CME church to repair a furnace
  • Contributed $300 to the Eugene-Springfield NAACP to support youth programs.
  • For a second year, the FCC Adult education committee provided discussions addressing racism and explored how to be an anti-racist ally.

In the past year:

  • Worked with Burrito Brigade and Ohana Youth Group to set up a “Little Food Pantry” that is maintained by church volunteers and supplied by the congregation and neighbors.
  • Supported the interfaith Food Hub that provides 3100 meals for unhoused individuals each month with an annual donation of $1200
  • Collected and donated 868 pounds of food to Food for Lane County
  • Provided food to unhoused families two nights a week for two months at the St Vincent de Paul Annex
  • Provide a listing of Social Justice opportunities (educational and volunteer) through a weekly all-church email
  • Offer to FCC members and the community a one-year-long Our Whole Lives (OWL) program on life span sexuality
  • Award one-year scholarships through the FCC Endowment to youth who plan to attend post-secondary training. In addition, this year FCC awarded four scholarships to seminary students.
  • Sponsor the Congregational Preschool, a high-quality developmental preschool that is non-sectarian since 1959.
  • Annually sell Christmas wreaths to benefit PCUN, a farmworkers coop
  • Offer meeting space at no or low-cost to two 12 Step Groups, a children’s theater, a family scouting group.