Nonprofit News and Events
This week’s release of economic data for 2015 by the U.S. Census Bureau highlighted an improving economy and a major reversal of national economic trends plaguing the nation since the recession. Nationally, median income rose 5.2 percent. Unemployment fell to 5 percent. Wages (adjusted for inflation) rose 2 percent and poverty declined to 13.5 percent, the largest one year drop since 1968. Despite such rosy statistics, demand for services remained stubbornly high in the first six months of 2016, according to data compiled by NeighborImpact.
Starting off the school year right means kids (and parents) need a nourishing breakfast. Oats and cereal are easy, nutritious foods that are always requested at NeighborImpact and our cereal shelves are getting low. In order to stock the shelves and distribute these much needed products across Central Oregon, NeighborImpact is putting out a “Call to Action” for cereal donations, including oats and other hot cereals.
NeighborImpact's Energy Assistance program is pleased to announce a new summer program specifically for electric bills. Even if households have already received assistance for their winter heating bills, they may be eligible for another payment through the summer program.
Area residents are encouraged to call 541‐504‐2155 to set up an appointment in one of our 5 locations in Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Madras, and Prineville or to have an application sent to them. We have extended our appointment calendar to include evening appointments on Tuesdays in Bend and we also have early morning appointments available.
Awareness around lead in our drinking water in Oregon is rising and some schools in our state have had issues with high levels of lead in their drinking water. Given that children are especially susceptible to lead exposure because their bodies absorb metals at higher rates than adults, NeighborImpact thought it necessary to test all Head Start sites in our service area.
NeighborImpact Head Start is now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year. Children who live in Crook and Deschutes Counties may be eligible for Head Start, a free, high-quality pre-school and family support program. To register, families must meet income eligibility requirements and submit an application and income documentation.