Nonprofit Helps Kids With Disabilities

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Dreaming big, that’s what a local nonprofit is doing in hopes of raising money to help local kids with developmental disabilities. Most parents would agree raising kids can at times be challenging. When your little loved ones have developmental disabilities the task at hand gets a little harder. “It’s hard and … Continue reading »

Reach and Rise Prog. Fills Mentoring Gap

EUGENE, Ore. —- A couple months ago Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County also known as Committed Partners for Youth closed its doors. The mentoring organization had been in our community for more than two decades. Now, The Reach and Rise Mentoring Program at the YMCA  is stepping in to keep some of the … Continue reading »

Local Volunteers Feeding the Need

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — For a number of years, local volunteers have dedicated their time one night a week to offer a community dinner. Volunteers at the Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church are feeding more than just the hunger of the stomach. The volunteers are giving some who may not have it a sense of community. Every … Continue reading »

Making a Difference: Feeding the Hungry

EUGENE, Ore. — There are a number of people who go hungry every day in our community, but it would seem some people are trying to stop that problem. A local restaurant owner is doing her part to help those down on their luck. She caught our eye and is this week’s difference maker. Don … Continue reading »

Making a Difference: Life-Saving Lessons

EUGENE, Ore. — One look at Sean Mondragon, a 44-year-old PE instructor at Lane Community College, and you’d probably say he’s in good health. But about two weeks ago, his relationship with his daughter was put to the ultimate test. “It was pretty scary,” said Sean’s daughter Sophia Mondragon. Just after Christmas, Mondragon’s wife awoke … Continue reading »

Local Man Donates Medical Supplies

EUGENE, Ore. — If you recall back in 2013, the ABC show “Secret Millionaire” surprised residents of Oakridge with much needed donations. Since then some of the people who watched the show have remained in the giving spirit. A Eugene man and his Rotary Club are making it their mission to collect and send medical … Continue reading »

Local Bell Ringer Making A Difference

EUGENE, Ore. — This holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the sounds of bells ringing and red kettles welcoming donations. KEZI 9 News spent some time with a local Salvation Army volunteer who is making a difference. It’s the sounds of the season coupled with a little holiday cheer. Jim Bandy, 71, is one of … Continue reading »

Viewer Donates Van to Nonprofit

EUGENE, Ore. — KEZI 9 News recently brought you the story of Life 9 Rescue as part of our making a difference segment. We told you about how Tasha Roberts who rescues feral and stray cats and helps them get spayed and neutered. We also showed images of how she uses her own car to … Continue reading »

Making a Difference: Tasha Roberts

EUGENE, Ore. — At about 7 a.m. every day, Tasha Roberts, the founder of Life 9 Rescue, begins her heart’s work. Usually that starts with trapping feral cats. “There is always a different colony that can take anywhere from four to eight hours,” Roberts said. She’s currently working on a colony at an undisclosed Eugene … Continue reading »

Nonprofit Founder Making A Difference

EUGENE, Ore. — The founder of a Eugene nonprofit is credited with inspiring thousands of people to take next steps in their lives. The founder of NextStep Recycling even caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey as she was honored in the Toyota Standing Ovation Campaign. Pretty much everywhere Lorraine Kerwood McKenzie goes she’s met with … Continue reading »

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