Kim Dietz-UCC Shooting Victim
$21,626 of $25,000 goal
Kim Dietz was a victim of the senseless murders at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday, October 1. Kim was in Snyder Hall in the adjacent classroom, and went to investigate the commotion (the police called it a "welfare check"). She confronted the gunman, was shot twice, and crawled back into her class to lock the door.
Kim's daughter, Shannon, is also a student at UCC, and thankfully was not harmed. Shannon and Eric are grieving for Kim's loss and also the loss of all the victims.
Many state and federal agencies, as well as private enterprise and individuals, have been assisting the family, and the community has been very supportive. Roseberg is a small community and everyone has been affected by this tragedy.
All of the money rasied here will go to Shannon's furthering education. She wants to finish her studies at UCC then her degree from Southern Oregon University.
-Matt Kinney (Shannon's uncle, Kim's brother, & Eric's brother in law). Originally set up by Eric Dietz.
Sunday, October 11 @ 3pm
15322 Old Hwy 99 South
Myrtle Creek, OR 97457
public welcome (closed to press)
-Lowes, United Rentals, Home Depot, Carson Plumbing, American Standard, Kohler.
-Countless UCC students and staff, and those around the community.
-Heather and her Army of just-get-it-done soldiers (thx Heather!)
The selfless work put in by everyone is beyond words. Nobody has looked thought of themselves. In fact, last week when a reporter asked for names of those volunteering, the window framer just responded: "My name is The Community...say The Community helped."
I am UCC.
I have donated several times and wish to follow Jade Karyn Dietz Dance's lead and do more. She suggests flower donations: "plant flowers, plant vegetables, be kind to animals, be kind to people, take care of the world... " I will contact a local winery in my home county in Maryland and donate 59 native plants for the years Kim was on this earth to a Butterfly and Pollinators Garden. I am a Master Naturalist and a Master Gardener and perhaps others with green thumbs can donate native plants to their local bioregions to host butterflies and wildlife as well. We will let your family know of donations in Kim's name. Let us thoughtfully consider ways to ease the family's grief and only post such comments on this site.
I wanted to let you know that Victim of Crimes families can be assisted with burial costs. I just saw the info from another post on another victim's Go Fund Me page. "Contact Kelly at the district attorney's office. Her direct line is 541-430-4390. The Department of Justice can provide funding for funeral expenses through the Crime Victims' Compensation program. Kelly can furnish them with the application and assistance in filling it out."
So gracious for the Mintz family to direct contributions to the others impacted. A 4 year Oregon State college education is 108 thousand dollars. Kim is no longer able to support her daughter in this way. Perhaps we can help her daughter Shannon shown in the touching photographs on Kim's facebook page. Let us help Kim by seeing that her daughter can continue to graduation.
Kim was such a kind woman. I met her through SCA, which was held at the vineyard that she lived at and worked on. Every time I saw her I smiled, she wanted nothing but to help people out; and had nothing but generosity and kindness in her heart. I spoke with her 24 hours before she tragically lost her life when I sat down beside her in the UCC Library. I wish I could hug her and tell her how much she will be missed.
I have sent to you a box of echinacea seeds in small packages that can be sown as a memorial for Kim. Theses were gathered personally by me. It was addressed to her daughter Shannon c/o the Vineyard. Historically used by Native Americans as a healing plant, the large purple flowers are loved by your native Western Swallowtail butterfly and many other pollinators. I have additional flower seeds if this is desired. Cutleaf rudbeckia is a great tall pollinator plant of the black eyed susan family that goes great against a fence line. I would suggest these as well and have these seeds. We need to act as community even if bordering opposite coasts and not simply turn away from these tragic events. Do something positive in answer to the inexplicable. Sincerely, Joanna Hastings Kiessling
My deepest condolences regarding the death of this brave woman. Her last act before her last breath was selfless. May her spirit guide others to that kind of selflessness. That kind of unconditional love for humanity is a thing of beauty. I deeply admire that level of bravery and beauty in Ms. Dietz's soul. May she rest in peace. )O(
Shannon, I promised on the comment one month ago to create a butterfly garden in honor of your Mom. In the time of Thanksgiving, I want to announce that a shelter for Moms and Children, often healing from abuse, INNterim will receive the garden. http://www.innterim.org/about/ I hope this assists you in continuing to celebrate your Mom. We will send photos in the spring when it is planted! The acceptance by the director: Rebecca Abrahamsen 4:18 PM (22 hours ago) Oh that would be wonderful! Butterfly gardens would be great. I would love to do some horticultural therapy with the residents. Would be fun! Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving! Rebecca
Joanna HastKies- Shannon received your package. Thank you! It brightened her day.
Thank you, Matt, for carrying this forward. I also thank Trudy, Nicole, Robert, Caroline, and Sharon, for their moving words about Kim at her Celebration of Life today.
Please encourage family to contact Kelly at the district attorney's office. Her direct line is 541-430-4390. The Department of Justice can provide funding for funeral expenses through the Crime Victims' Comoensation program. Kelly can furnish them with the application and assistance in filling it out.Type your comment here...