Tying Unity to Community
The Umpqua Strong 9k & 5k Run/Walk is an outlet for all those affected by the tragic events of Oct. 1, 2015 to display DETERMINATION, UNITY, and HOPE through a positive community experience. The event is a tribute to life and an opportunity to honor and encourage the people of the Umpqua Valley.
Rain or shine runners and volunteers will come from all around our region to run a scenic 9k race, participate in a 5k walk, and enjoy a kids race followed by awards. Virtual Runners from around the world can also sign up for either race to support UMPQUA STRONG and make their presence felt. It is an inspiring, energetic event joined together by generations of participants and supported by local establishments.
Green District South Roseburg Memorial
Pacific Power was one of the many local businesses that responded in the wake of the Oct. 1 events. The company, along with representatives from Knife River and Dustin Ferch Concrete Construction, later worked to build a community memorial. Known as the Green District South Roseburg Memorial, it is located at the Pacific Power operations center on Old Highway 99 South in Green. All of the materials and the labor were donated. Project volunteers included Pacific Power employees, concrete finishers, landscapers, metalworkers, painters and electricians. It was completed on Sept. 30, 2016, in time for the Oct. 1 unveiling. The memorial is available 24 hours a day for remembrance.
When a Tragedy Hits, a Community Responds
By Anne C. Kubish, President, The Ford Family Foundation
Oct. 1, 2015, was a day that rocked our world and broke our hearts. The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College was so personal, so local, so much about us. The kind of tragedy that we somehow thought only could happen in other communities, or in other schools, actually happened to us — in Roseburg, Oregon, a town of 22,000 residents. We needed to cry, help the victims, and put in place a community response to the crisis — all at the same time. Oct. 1 was also the day we discovered the resilience We came together after the events at Umpqua Community College and capacity of the Douglas County community. We saw first responders performing beyond all expectations. We saw people from all walks of the community come together in extemporaneous acts of sharing and kindness. Organizations stepped up to support the college’s capable leadership. People dropped everything and came from across the state — across the country — to help out.