Page updated: Tuesday April 2nd @ 2pm.

The Egan Warming Center season is over.

Happy Spring to all our volunteers and partners-

It is the official end of the 2018/2019 Egan Warming Center Season!

We simply cannot thank you enough for all that you gave to Egan this season. 1,113 amazing volunteers trudged through snow and bitter cold to throw in more than 23,000 hours of their time. You saved untold numbers of lives and were a light in the darkness on the 22 coldest nights for the 1,527  human beings who came in to our sites. You helped prepare and serve over 3,000 meals and provided 6,803 beds for our guests.

Our Site Leads worked tirelessly throughout this season and engaged so many new leaders at our sites. Shift leads kept our sites running smoothly and safely through thick and thin! Kitchen, behavioral, hospitality, medical, pet, safety and intake leads- just incredibly dedicated leadership everywhere! Our musicians brought beauty and calm to all our sites.

Our site hosts are the real unsung heroes here- they have given so generously of their space in order to support us in this work.  Thank you First United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, LCC, Central Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, St Marys Episcopal, Temple Beth Israel,Valley Covenant, First Christian Church, Ebbert Memorial and 7th Day Adventist! We recognize and truly appreciate the amount of sacrifice it requires to host us.

And our Community Partnerships are supporting this project in ways that most of you may not know: LTD, White Bird/CAHOOTS, Eugene and Springfield Emergency Services (police and fire), Springfield Education Department, Food For Lane County, Alsco laundering services, Lane County, and the countless groups and businesses holding fundraisers and sock drives!

There will be many committees meeting in the off season to work on improving items we have collectively identified as needing attention. If you would like to be a part of the conversation, or would like to offer your skills with fundraising, volunteer outreach, IT, logistics or other areas, please let us know. It takes us all to support our most vulnerable neighbors. It takes us all to create the community we want to live in. Thanks so much for being a part of it. It is an honor to work alongside you all.

Can’t wait to see you at the Egan Volunteer Party on May 4th!


The Egan Coordinators Group:

Windy Dayton – Interim Director

Serra Joy – Volunteer Coordinator

Charley Harvey – Logistics/Finance Coordinator

Eileen Sigler – Media/Outreach Coordinator

Reverend Adam Briddell – Community Liaison

Tim Black – Winter Strategies Coordinator

Pete Kerns – SVdP Chief of Staff

We’d love your feedback!

  • What do you love about volunteering or staying with Egan?
  • What would you like to see improved about Egan operations?
  • What feedback do you think would help us grow and reach more people?

There are so many of you that help us create a safe warm space for our guests.  Many thanks to all those who worked a shift at one of our sites.  It is always a pleasure to have the Egan musicians at our sites playing music for our guests.  A big thank you to the musicians.  To our amazing Shuttle drivers thank you, our guests appreciate the transportation to Egan sites outside of the downtown Eugene area.  To all of our behind the scenes volunteers that help get things rolling so we can open our sites, thank you!  From delivering blankets to supplies and donations, thank you St. Vincent dePaul.  A big shout out and thanks to Burrito Brigade for helping us provide a meal to our guests at St. Mary’s Episcopal.  Thank you Food for Lane County, CAHOOTS, ALSCO, Catholic Community Services, to name a few.  Many thanks go out to our host sites: Central Lutheran, St. Mary’s Episcopal, First Christian Church. Church of the Resurrection, Valley Covenant Church, Trinity UMC, LCC, Ebbert Memorial, UMC, First UMC and Springfield School District


In our protocol we deal with averaged forecasted temperatures and the actual temperatures can end up being very different.  We live in Oregon where the temperatures change rapidly.  

Standby is called 72 hours out if the night time averaged forecasted temperature is below 30 degrees.  The first night of an activation is called 48 hours out if the averaged forecasted temperature is still below 30 degrees.  Consecutive activation nights will be called 24 hours out if the averaged forecasted temperature remains under 30 degrees.  We strive to make the call by 6:00 pm.

The Egan Warming Center is a coalition of community members representing service providers, religious congregations, nonprofit support agencies, social activist communities and local government who have come together to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15th and March 31st.

Please take a moment and consider how you and/or your organization or business can get involved this winter season.  To help in a shelter this winter, please complete the online application and attend a new volunteer orientation and training.