We had a Joint Task Force today at Camp Alma. Board members Bud Fitzgerald (Army), Dan Buckwald (Air Force) and volunteer Eric Ridgley (Navy) got the greenhouse “skinned” today! Even though Mother Nature threw wind at us, we were successful! It has been years since it had a cover!
Greenhouse Work – September 2018
Thank you to ladies of the Sewing Room at 5th and Main for their tireless efforts in creating these quilts for our Veterans at Camp Alma! Some of the jean materials were left over from the Work Camp days! A special thank you to Molly Patterson and Joyce Campbell for their leadership on this project!
A big thanks to Reynolds Electric for making time to come out to Camp Alma to address our needs in the dormitories! A special thanks to Journeyman Brandon Singh (USAF) and field supervisor Mike Platz!
Well, the guys from Crosstown Movers do it again! Veterans Legacy was gifted with 50 armoires from University of Oregon- expedited by our good friend Tim Carroll. These guys got all of them moved and stowed at Camp Alma with a 12 hour day!! Now we have complete bunk furnishings for our eventual census of 50 Vets. Thanks guys – you’re unbelievable! Many thanks to Mike Somerville for providing the crew and the trucks- It wouldn’t have happened without Crosstown Movers!!
Dignitary Day – June 28, 2018
Dignitary Day at Veterans Legacy’s Camp Alma was a great success! On Thursday, June 28, local and state politicians attended the event that included tours of the camp, a continental breakfast and presentations from Veterans Legacy board members John Lebow, Dan Buckwald and Clarence Williams. The event brought together over 20 stakeholders in the Eugene area, including Oregon State Sen. James Manning, Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp, Lane County Commissioners Pat Farr and Jay Bozievich, along with representatives from Trillium, Parole and Probation, and many others. All attendees are in agreement with the Veterans Legacy mission and opened an array of possibilities for funding and relationships with other area entities dealing with homeless veterans.
See next section below, labeled Veterans Legacy Volunteer Work Party – June 23, for photos of those who attended the work party.
Veterans Legacy Volunteer Work Party – June 23, 2018
Forest Work Camp – Alma, Oregon – 2016
As you can see from these photos, Camp Alma, formerly the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Camp, was in a significant state of disrepair when Veterans Legacy took over the property from Lane County in 2016, which is not unexpected in buildings that have not been inhabited for eight years. In fact, the camp was uninhabitable as all roofs needed to be replaced. There was no running water due to a pipe break in an undetermined location necessitating the shutdown of all wells (all of which needed to be assessed for functionality).
A great deal of repair and rehabilitation was necessary and renovation of the kitchen was mandatory to meet code requirements. Many projects have been completed and you can read about the progress on the blog on the website home page. But, more work needs to be done before we accept our first veterans for housing and treatment. Many projects still need funding, which your membership helps provide. Volunteers for weekend work parties are always welcome. Look for volunteer dates on our Facebook page. We’ll post new pictures as projects are in progress or completed, so keep checking!