SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Members of a local church are stepping up to help the more than 100 people still out of work after the fire at the Swanson Group’s Springfield Plywood & Veneer Mill last month.
Two hundred and fifty people worked at the mill before the fire, and last week the chief operating officer said about 50 of those employees have accepted position with the company’s other locations. But that still leaves quite a few people relying on unemployment checks.
That’s why the Calvary Open Bible Church is trying to help. Congregation members are collecting basic need items like toiletries and non-perishable foods, hoping to make limited incomes, stretch a little bit farther.
“They can really use the money that they do receive towards the big things, and we can just come alongside them and say, here, have this stuff, take what you need, use it for your family, and be blessed,” said church member Tiffany Boss.
The church also plans on providing school supplies for the families.
Donations can be taken to the church at 1116 Centennial Boulevard in Springfield. Money can be donated at Colombia Bank, under the name of Calvary Open Bible/Swanson Group.
Former mill workers can pick up the items on Sundays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Workers need to clearly provide proof that they worked at the mill, like a pay stub.