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November 27 • 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
It started as a roundtable among friends in December of 2017. How to get the discarded surplus to the needy? Two months later, Solidarity ShareFair was born in the basement of First Christian Church in Eugene. In the summer it moved to Monroe Park, and its home through the spring is at First United Methodist Church. On the last Tuesday of every month a group of 20-30 volunteers gather clothing, food and other items for low-income and homeless folks. There are haircuts, massages and sometimes music. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for everyone,” says Serra Joy of Fair Share. Joy, along with Katy Rex and Kim Chavez, talked earlier this month about Solidarity Share Fair. It’s not a singular operation. Share Fair has enlisted the help of groups like Carry It Forward, SASS and Womenspace, as well as Occupy Medical, HIV Alliance, Burrito Brigade and Food Not Bombs. Share Fair helps close to 200 people when it opens for business on the final Tuesday of any month. The need is great, and so is the need for volunteers. “We are thirsty for volunteers,” Rex says.
Solidarity Share Fair: A Really Free Market is 3-6:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 27, at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street. And, yes, it is open the final Tuesday in December, Christmas day. I know I’ll be there to volunteer. — Dan Buckwalter