Tuesday, April 9th
Noon – 1PM

St. Vincent de Paul is the world leader in mattress recycling. With operations in Oakland, Woodland, and Stockton, California; and Eugene, Oregon; they recycle more than 300,000 mattresses and boxsprings every year. In this webinar learn how it works, the history, what is needed and if it is feasible?

Terrence R. (Terry) McDonald became the executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. (SVdP) on June 14, 1984 and is a hands-on visionary leader of the agency. With degrees in Political Science and History and a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon, Terry’s energies are focused on affordable housing and economic development projects that create jobs while improving the environment and the community. In recognition of his accomplishments, Terry was named 2013 First Citizen by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.

SVdP is the largest non-profit humanitarian agency in Lane County, Ore., with more than 550 employees, more than 1,300 units of affordable housing, five emergency service programs, 15 retail thrift stores, a vocational services department, a glass foundry, an appliance shop, four mattress recycling warehouses, and an upcycling shop.

Terry’s passion is creating avenues out of poverty through a unique kind of reclamation: finding new uses for consumers’ “useless” discards, creating new strategies and community coalitions to deal with old problems, and giving low-income and homeless people a chance to reclaim their dignity through employment and self-sufficiency.