Willamalane Seeks Community Support for Springfield Seniors during COVID-19

In partnership with Lane Council of Governments and Senior & Disability Services, Willamalane has shifted its Senior Meals Café 60 service to a drive-through format during the COVID-19 crisis. The Café 60 program provides nutrition to some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Due to a budget shortfall caused by COVID-19, the district needs additional assistance to continue this program.
 
“We’ve seen a surge in demand for our Café 60 program during the COVID-19 crisis. Before the crisis, we served 60-70 meals per day. Now, we meet the needs of more than 100 Springfield seniors each day” said Tracy Kribs, Willamalane Events and Program Operations Manager.
 
Community support
Community members can support the program by signing up for a fundraiser run, 5K Your Way. From April 22–May 1, participants can walk, run, or roll a 5K. There are five suggested 5K routes outlined on Willamalane trails as a starting point for local residents, but supporters can tackle the 3.1 mile challenge from anywhere. Registration fees are only $5 and all proceeds support the Café 60 program. Supporters can register at Willamalane.org/5KYourWay.
 
To further support Willamalane and its community initiatives, the Willamalane Park Foundation is seeking donations at Willamalane.org/Donate.
 
About the program
Willamalane has provided the space and staffing for this program since the day the Willamalane Adult Activity Center closed its doors on March 14. The Café 60 program is offered to people ages 60 and older. Lunch is free with a suggested donation of $3.
 
Willamalane Adult Activity Center previously served as a hub for Springfield’s adults 60 and older. These community members are some of the most vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19, and Willamalane is committed to providing essential services for seniors.
 
Willamalane volunteers have also spent time and donated materials to provide masks for distribution to seniors in need of this crucial PPE. Additional supplies will also be donated to McKenzie Willamette nurses.
 
In the midst of COVID-19, Willamalane Park and Recreation District continues to preserve and deliver its mission statement: “To deliver exceptional parks and recreation to enrich the lives of everyone we serve.” While Willamalane facilities may be closed, exceptional parks and recreation experiences will not be suspended.
 
Willamalane has fitness videos, activities for kids at home, and a list of parks and trails on its website. All facility and program updates will be available online as well.
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