Caring in the Community

Central members express their caring in our community in the following ways:

The Koinonia Center Campus Ministry. Central Presbyterian Church has been involved with this outreach to college students at the corner of 14th and Kincaid since its inception in 1926. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Oregon and Lane Community College are part of our congregation. We are located in the West University neighborhood and are surrounded by students who live off campus. We see this outreach as fundamental to our ministry here in Eugene. Several members of the church serve on the board of this ministry and the church provides financial support as well as volunteer hours.

The Dining Room is a project of Food for Lane County.  Volunteers from Central cook, serve, and clean up once a month.

FISH. The congregation supports this food, medicine, and propane distribution service for those who have emergency needs.  A member of the church is the President and many members of the church serve as volunteers, answering phones, and distributing resources.

Rainbow Village Apartments in Springfield is an affordable housing development that Central Presbyterian, along with other local Presbyterian churches, developed to meet the needs of low-income citizens in the Eugene-Springfield area.  It offers inviting one, two, three and four-bedroom apartment homes. The homes boast expansive floor plan layouts and closet space, including private patios and large picture windows. Rainbow Village is walking distance to Fred Meyer, Hamlin Sports Complex, and nearby schools and is a pet-friendly community close to several walking trails and parks.

The Student Food Pantry
CPC collects food year round to help supplement the shelves of the local student food pantry. All students from local colleges and universities, as well as high schools, are eligible to receive food here weekly simply by presenting their student i.d. If you would like to contribute, you can pick up a shopping list of most needed items at the church. Items can be left in the basket in the narthex, or the cupboards in the hallway by our childcare room in the west hallway. Volunteers deliver the groceries collected at the church to the pantry for distribution.

Bulk Recycling & Community Plastic Collection Site
CPC is happy to serve as a community collection site for certain plastics which can be recycled locally. We also collect other items for recycling. The following items can be dropped off during church office hours, or Sunday when you come for worship.

If you would like to help sort and deliver items, let Barbara Cookson know!

Egg Cartons
Paper Grocery Bags – with and without handles
Tin Can Lids
Shredded Paper
Block Styrofoam
#1 Plastic – jugs & bottles ONLY
Must be CLEAN, but labels don’t have to be removed.
CHECK LIDS as they are often #5 and can also be recycled, but separately!
#2 Plastic
Must be CLEAN! Labels AND glue must be removed
#4 Plastic
Must be CLEAN! Labels AND glue must be removed
#5 Plastic
Must be CLEAN! Labels AND glue must be removed.

CPC Coin Offering – Worshippers are encouraged each week to donate loose change, or to make a dedicated donation in person or on-line to support the Central Coin offering. Through our coin offering, CPC is able to support a wide variety of local non-profit agencies where our change can make a positive change in the community!