CALC is an action-oriented nonprofit whose mission is to educate and mobilize for peace, human dignity, and social, racial, and economic justice. We are looking for some new board members who can help us advance our mission. We’re especially hoping for more representation from communities of color. Interested? We’d love to hear from you. Just email us at email@example.com. Tell us a little about your passions, experience, and any special skills.
Upcoming CALC Events
- October 3rd – Harvest Festival For Human Rights
Music by Shyp Wreak, the Low Tide Drifters and Cross Current will keep things lively at the Harvest Festival for Human Rights! The Festival features a free meal, children’s activities, a produce giveaway, and more. The Festival will bring people together for a good time, but with a purpose. A lack of good jobs, overburdened social services, evictions and foreclosures — these are hard times for lots of folks. Information tables will showcase the resources available for low-income people. See the Facebook event.
According to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, food, shelter, clothing and health care are basic human rights. This is the position of the Springfield Shelter Rights Alliance (SSRA), which organizes the Harvest Festival. The SSRA is a coalition of social service agencies, congregations, public institutions, and grassroots organizations which works to improve conditions for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The SSRA is coordinated by Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER), a CALC program. For more information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-741-4504.
Many thanks to Harvest Festival co-sponsors! City of Springfield, Springfield School District, Lane County Human Services Commission, Catholic Community Services, Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Vincent de Paul, Springfield Utility Board, First Baptist Church, Northwood Christian Church, and Willamalane Park and Recreation District.
- October 24 – Cornucopia
It’s that time if year again! Join us for some fabulous live world music and dance, free ice cream, great company, and, of course, the always incredible auction!
Just a few of the items up for bidding include: a two-night stay at a beautiful hot springs resort, a variety of locally-made art, dinner at some of Eugene’s best restaurants, a bike, a longboard, two hours of organizing and clutter clearing, two 18-hole rounds of golf, martial arts lessons, tickets to concerts, theater productions, and the Oregon Country Fair, and more!
- November 11 – Veterans Day
In collaboration with Vets for Peace, this public event will focus on veterans and particularly on veterans who came to oppose the war. We will publish a 4-page supplement to the Eugene Weekly including stories, poems, and more works created by local veterans of the war on Vietnam and by Vietnamese folks. We will also host a writing competition for local middle school students, who will be asked to respond to the following prompt: Too many people assume that the phrase “serving one’s country” means joining the military. Is there another meaning? What does “serving one’s country” mean to you?
- April 2016 – CALC 50th Anniversary Gala
More details TBA.
- April 2016 – Peace Scholarship Applications Due
Students will be asked to respond to a prompt on the connections between racism, militarism, and climate change.
- Don’t forget to check out CALC’s Community Events Calendar!
Learn about all kinds of fun ways to get involved in your community. Find this calendar in the navigation bar at the top of this page, or sign up to receive the calendar once a week via email.
Community Alliance of Lane County, or CALC, has been working since 1966 to create a more just and peaceful community. We seek to collaborate with organizations, institutions, government and individuals to bring about lasting change. Please visit the links below to explore the work happening and see where you can help:
We are located in Eugene, Oregon and work primarily in Eugene, Springfield and outlying rural areas. We have paid program and administrative staff, a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, steering committees, and hundreds of other volunteers and interns that donate thousands of hours of service every year. We work closely in collaboration with area grassroots organizations, non-profits, and educational organizations. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. | Read more about CALC | Donate to CALC
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