Community Inclusion

Community Inclusion

Curtis Restaurant Equipment and many of its employee owners and families are deeply involved in a variety of community organizations and activities. One of our goals is to contribute and give back to the community and to individual employees. Curtis Restaurant Equipment as a company does this in many different ways. Whether it is philanthropy or donating time and energy to a cause, our Curtis staff helps our communities.

Major organizations that receive financial support from Curtis Restaurant Equipment and its employee owners:


 The Eugene Mission

The Eugene Mission is Eugene/Springfield’s only full-service wellness center for the homeless. After a fire destroyed the Eugene Mission’s kitchen in the summer of 2016, we were happy to help design and supply their new kitchen. We are excited that they can now serve the Eugene community better than ever before. During the holiday season, we have also partnered with the Eugene Mission to run "Warm Up" and "Underaware" drives through our Springfield office, collecting donations of warm clothing and undergarments for those in need.

united-way.jpgUnited Way of Lane County 

Every Lane County employee of Curtis contributes to the annual United Way Campaign. Staff have chaired the Capital Campaign and served on many committees.


Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management
Lane Community College. Curtis has been a regular sponsor of the Harvest Dinner and the Culinary and Hospitality Program. Curtis also provides a student scholarship every year through the LCC Foundation.

festival-of-trees.jpgFestival of Trees
Curtis has participated in the annual Festival of Tress in Eugene as a Tree Sponsor for past 10+ years. Every year, employees decorate a tree and have won the Best in Class award. Staff have chaired this event and served on various committees as well.

kidsports.jpgKids Sports
Team sponsor for over 30 years. Many Curtis staff coach teams and volunteer.


 Toys for Tots

Starting in the 2018 holiday season, our Springfield office held its first annual toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. We are proud of the generosity shown by Curtis employees each year to help those in need during the holiday season.

food-for-lane-county.pngFood for Lane County We provided seed money for first refrigerated van in 1991 for Food Rescue Express program, designed a prep kitchen and made a major donation to the present facility. Staff chaired Capital Campaign for new facility. We have also sponsor Chef’s Night Out, a benefit event for Food for Lane County.

st-vincent-depaul.jpgSt Vincent de Paul First Place Family Center
Assisted Delta Rotary in major remodel of facility in South Eugene. Donated equipment and money.

rogue-valley-manor.jpgORLAEF's ProStart Invitational
Every spring, students put their skills to the ultimate test at the ORLAEF’s ProStart® Invitational, the capstone event for the career and technical education (CTE) foodservice training program, ProStart. The top three teams in each competition receive awards and scholarships to further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. In 2019, Curtis Restaurant Equipment is proud to participate in ORLAEF's Prostart Invitational as a school sponsor. In particular, Curtis will sponsor Willamette High School, who won the state championship in 2018.

rogue-valley-manor.jpgRogue Valley Manor Foundation
Major contributor to the annual fundraiser in southern Oregon for senior activities.

Curtis Restaurant Equipment also contributes to many other non-profit organizations in Oregon including Relief Nursery, Pearl Buck Center, Smart Reading Program, Children’s Miracle Network, American Diabetes Association, Oregon Club, Lane Community College Longhouse, Boys and Girls Clubs, Oregon School of Nutrition, Lane Metro Partners, Oregon Trail Council (Boy Scouts), Muscular Dystrophy Association, Junior Achievement, Cobb Children’s Learning Center, Lane Education Service District, Catholic Community Services, many local schools and other deserving organizations throughout Oregon.

Besides making financial contributions, Curtis staff has served on the following Boards of Directors:

United Way of Lane County
Travel Lane County
Shedd Institute for the Arts
LCC Culinary and Hospitality Advisory Council
Shadow Hills Country Club
Harlow Neighborhood Association

And volunteering is not limited to Eugene/Springfield. Staff members volunteer throughout the state, from Portland and Beaverton to Bend, Corvallis and Medford. Helping to make our communities better places to live and work and helping those less fortunate is a core value the staff of Curtis Restaurant Equipment strongly promote and practice wholeheartedly.