Financial help needed for UR Community Center CEO as he faces dialysis,

Every once in a while, a person makes a huge impact in an organization and in the community. Steve Hauck, Executive Director of the Upper Rogue Community Center, is such a person. Hauck was hired about eight years ago and has since then implemented many new programs and furthered existing ones, according to Stan Johnson, former Chair of the URCC Board. Hauck did it all with a good-natured, strong commitment towards his job and the people of the Upper Rogue. But now Hauck needs financial help from the community because of ongoing health problems.

A few years ago, Hauck was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment. “During that period although he was sick and could not eat much of the time, Hauck never lost his jocularity and his sense of humor stayed intact. He was always positive and I admire him for those character traits,” said Johnson with warmth.

Administrative Services Manager, Samanthy Eyman, also cannot say enough good about Hauck. She said the number one and foremost thing Hauck did to help URCC was use his exceptional grant writing expertise for funding. The list of grants applied for and granted “runs the gamut.” Without those grants the current expansion would not take place, both Eyman and Johnson said.

Hauck also is responsible for implementing the After School Homework Program, tripling the size of the youth summer camp, getting money to expand emergency services and different aspects of transportation. He is a strong advocate of the URCC Food Pantry, said Eyman.

Because of Hauck, URCC now partners with Rogue Community College giving transportation to students working on a summer project at Willow lake and has gotten funding through grants for repair of the fleet of URCC vans, other transportation and center needs. Hauck was also active in getting the Cool Club open (now the Boys & Girls Club) and is active in the Firewise group, reminded Johnson.

Cancer treatment left Hauck with some lingering heath issues. He needs dialysis three times a week. An account has been opened in his name at PremierWest Bank so citizens may contribute to his medical expenses. Eyman wants the community to know that Hauck is an extremely frugal person and is down to the bare basics. In other words, he is not wasting money.

URCC Vice-Chair Dee Hawkins said, “Steve is one of the most loved persons in the community. Financial help will keep him from worrying about medical bills and keep him in good spirits.” Hawkins, like Johnson, commented on Hauck’s positive attitude. Johnson added, “He is the first real director the community center has ever had.” For more information call Johnson at 541-878-7839.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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