The Arc challenges stereotypes, expands role in community aid

CARES: A natural extension

In response to the evolving needs of the community during the pandemic and wildfires this year, The Arc of Lane County is debuting Community Allies Resources for Eugene-Springfield, known as CARES, on Tuesday.

The new program works in collaboration with FOOD for Lane County and the Community Alliance for Lane County, another advocacy group, to provide wraparound services to families and people in need living in Eugene or Springfield. CARES will fill needs regarding food insecurity, access to hygiene products, over-the-counter medication, home goods, school supplies, rent and utility assistance and childcare.

While the resource center was originally set up for people experiencing disabilities and their families, it has since expanded as new needs have been identified through its work with FOOD for Lane County, explained Angela Phinney, The Arc’s assistant executive director.

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By Dana Sparks, Register-Guard