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Stories shared in response to the October 1, 2015
tragedy at Umpqua Community College

Stories told in response to the October 1, 2015
tragedy at Umpqua Community College

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Everybody Seems Connected


The only thing I could think to do was help the people who I knew would be struggling with medical bills. I hope people use this as an opportunity to change themselves

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James Walls and Mike Beliveau are tattoo artists at High Priestess in Roseburg. Together with other staff members they fundraised over $12,000 for The UCC Strong Fund.

Everybody Seems Connected

The only thing I could think to do was help the people who I knew would be struggling with medical bills. I hope people use this as an opportunity to change themselves

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How Do You Rally People Together in a Positive Way?


People wanted to show their support in some way. We gave them an easy way to do that.

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Glen Simpson is co-owner of Seven13 Studios in Roseburg. Seven13 donated graphic work to create “We are UCC” stickers and t-shirts that were given out free to local community members.

How Do You Rally People Together in a Positive Way?

People wanted to show their support in some way. We gave them an easy way to do that.

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Our Calling is to Lift People Up


There’s a lot of hope out there and it needs to be brought to people’s attention. That’s very important.

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Clayton Reinhart is the owner of a number of Dutch Bros. Coffee outlets in the Umpqua Valley. Dutch Bros. provided free coffee to local community members in the days following the October 1 tragedy.

Our Calling is to Lift People Up

There’s a lot of hope out there and it needs to be brought to people’s attention. That’s very important.

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Now Those People are Walking Around with Something Beautiful


I had one day off. It was my first day off in three weeks and I thought, that’s what I can give! Anyone who wants an Oregon or UCC tattoo, I’m going to do it. For free.

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Chere Hall is a tattoo artist and owner of Tapestry Tatoo in Roseburg, Oregon. Chere produced a fundraiser that provided tattoos in exchange for donations to the UCC Strong Fund.

Now Those People are Walking Around with Something Beautiful

I had one day off. It was my first day off in three weeks and I thought, that’s what I can give! Anyone who wants an Oregon or UCC tattoo, I’m going to do it. For free.

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I Feel Better When I’m Helping People


There were five thousand people at the candlelight vigil. The entire hillside was covered in points of light. It was like looking at the stars.

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Jack Holland works at Absolute Sound in Roseburg. He and other employees volunteered time and resources at the spontaneous vigil that took place at Stewart Park on the night of the tragedy.

I Feel Better When I’m Helping People

There were five thousand people at the candlelight vigil. The entire hillside was covered in points of light. It was like looking at the stars.

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The Sign Guys Share their Experience of the UCC Memorial


There was three grown, halfway burly men, balling their eyes out. That was hands down the biggest humbling experience.  

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Mike Smith, Justin Troxel, and Jaime Harvey spent weeks working night and day building the Heart of Oregon signs to raise money for UCC victims, injured, and their families. With the help of many volunteers and businesses they raised over $134,000.

The Sign Guys Share their Experience of the UCC Memorial

There was three grown, halfway burly men, balling their eyes out. That was hands down the biggest humbling experience.  

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This project is conducted by The Hearth
and supported by The Ford Family Foundation
and the Douglas County Museum.

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