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 »

Mentors Help Local Foster Children

EUGENE, Ore. — There are dozens of kids from Lane County living in foster homes. The young adults are getting great care, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little more positive influences in their lives. That’s where A Family For Every Child’s mentor program comes in. It serves at risk children in need of permanent … Continue reading »

Local Woman Makes a Difference with Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — A number of people work jobs that don’t end when the time clock stops. That’s the case for one local woman, who’s going above and beyond to put kids first in our community. Our community champion this week is a mom, a boasted-about boss and an advocate for kids. KEZI 9 News … Continue reading »

Woman Raises Awareness for New Moms

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene woman is trying to make it easier on new moms and show them the resources available to them. Lillian Shoupe pounds the pavement with pamphlets, taking them to local doctors’ offices to educate them on the services local nonprofit WellMama has to offer. The director, Tatiana Efremova, nominated her as a community … Continue reading »

NCU Takes Part in Local Service Projects

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of students and staff took a break from the books Wednesday at Northwest Christian University for a good cause. It was their annual “Embrace the Community Day” where they help out community organizations. One group gathered at St. Thomas Episcopal Community Garden on Coburg Road to prepare celery ready for distribution … Continue reading »

90th Birthday Party

EUGENE, Ore. –A special surprise for a Eugene woman who’s spent decades helping others. Martha Tippetts isn’t your average 90-year-old, between her presidency at the Willamette Oaks Residence Association and the Caregivers Support Group she runs, she goes above and beyond to help others. Her support group put together a party, full of surprises Wednesday. … Continue reading »

Making A Difference: Micah Grotee

EUGENE, Ore. — With the summer break over and kids back in class, there’s a lot more issues kids have to deal with. That’s why the Boys and Girls Club says its mentoring program is so important. We have a great new match for you to meet. Eugene Police Officer Jim McBride saw one of … Continue reading »

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