Community connection
photo of employee Mike McCann helping clean up the riverfront path

"Volunteering provides me with the opportunity to give something back to the community. I feel very fortunate to have a job at EWEB and I appreciate the support that the community gives to EWEB. This is a way for me to say thanks while doing something good."

Mike McCann, Hydro License Implementation Project Manager

Since EWEB first opened its doors in 1911, employees have been committed to giving back to the community through volunteering and public service. From building parks for children to coordinating riverbank cleanups along the McKenzie River, giving back runs deep in the foundation of the utility. Below are a few examples of some of the ways EWEB and its employees give back.

Run to Stay Warm

EWEB's Run to Stay Warm is an annual running/walking event that raises money for the Customer Care program, which helps income eligible customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bills. In the event's first six years, the Run to Stay Warm raised more than $95,000 for Customer Care, which helps more than 4,000 households each year.

Parking lot fundraisers for local schools

Each fall, EWEB invites schools in its service territory to "win" use of the parking lots at the utility's riverfront location during University of Oregon home football games. The lucky schools have an opportunity sell game day parking for $10 a spot. With around 300 spots available, each school has the opportunity to raise as much as $3,000.

United Way Days of Caring

EWEB employees are longtime participants in the United Way of Lane County's Days of Caring program. Days of Caring is an annual two-day event that links volunteer work teams with local charitable agencies to complete much-needed projects such as landscaping, construction, painting, office projects and food delivery.

EWEB's Annual Charitable Giving Campaign

Every fall, EWEB employees voluntarily donate to United Way of Lane County, EarthShare Oregon and other various non profits during the utility's Charitable Giving Campaign. EWEB employees donated more than $1 million to these charitable organizations between 2003-2013.

Monthly volunteering at Food for Lane County

EWEB employees and their families have a long tradition of volunteering one night a month at Food for Lane County to help members of our community in need. Between 2008 and 2013, EWEB volunteers dedicated more than 2,400 hours of their time.

BRING Home and Garden Tour

EWEB each fall partners with the City of Eugene to co-sponsor the BRING Home and Garden Tour. The self-guided tour aims to inspire residents to live more sustainably by showcasing local green homes – both new construction and remodels. Community members are invited to pick up great ideas about cutting edge energy and water conservation technologies, creative re-use of building materials, incorporating natural products, permaculture and much more.

St. Vincent de Paul's Housing Project for Vets

EWEB employees volunteered to help renovate a formerly run-down house to provide transition housing for veterans and their families. St. Vincent de Paul purchased the foreclosed home at a discounted price. EWEB volunteers joined many other area individuals and businesses that donated materials and labor.

Water stations

If you've ever been to a city of Eugene event, you've probably seen EWEB volunteers handing out free water in the utility's booth or at water stations along race routes. Over the years, EWEB volunteers have participated in the Eugene Marathon, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Team Trials–Track and Field, Eugene Celebration, Lane County Fair and Butte to Butte, providing relief to Eugene residents who could use a free, cold cup of water.

Tree planting

EWEB has been recognized for six straight years as a Tree Line USA award recipient for the utility's practices that protect and enhance our community's urban forests. In addition to EWEB's proactive tree maintenance program, EWEB participates in annual tree planting activities.