Nonprofit News and Events
KK Readers, a foundation in memory of Kaylee Sawyer, will honor Ms. Sawyer’s birthday on March 2nd, 2017 at an event that will benefit the children of NeighborImpact’s Head Start Program. Ms. Sawyer shares her birthday with Dr. Seuss and, like Dr. Seuss, she was passionate about children and wanted to be a teacher.
NeighborImpact’s Energy Assistance Program Reduces Services – Program Hit Hard by Weather and Funding
NeighborImpact has announced that the Energy Assistance Program will be reducing program appointments and services beginning Monday, February 13th. Program funds have been hit hard this season due to prolonged colder temperatures and increased need by clients in the tri-county area.
Crook County resident and newly-elected Prineville City Councilor, Theresa Rodriguez, has been elected to the NeighborImpact Board of Directors. Ms. Rodriguez formally worked for the State of Oregon Employment Department transitioning adults to new employment opportunities, and is currently owner of T&R Trucking. Ms. Rodriguez is strongly interested in affordable housing issues and is a parent of two former Head Start students.
NeighborImpact Receives Department of Environmental Quality Grant: More Food, Less Waste and a Cleaner Environment
On December 23, 2016, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced a Materials Management Projects grant award of $50,000 to NeighborImpact’s Food Bank, specifically the food recovery program. The food recovery program recovers produce, dairy products, bread and meat from 18 grocery partners, transporting the food in refrigerated trucks to NeighborImpact’s warehouse for distribution to 42 emergency food sites, i.e. partner agencies, in Central Oregon. Each month, this effort feeds approximately 20,000 local residents.
Central Oregon nonprofit NeighborImpact is featured in a new book, “NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network.” The book was released last week. The book highlights innovative solutions to affordable housing and community development challenges.
Big Belly Burgers & Brew of Sunriver recently presented NeighborImpact with funds from patrons participating in a pop-up fundraiser. A patron started the event off by donating matching funds in the amount of $100 almost a year ago. The $100 was pinned to the wall and subsequent cash gifts in the amount of $1, $5, $10 and $20 were added to the challenge until the wall was covered in cash.
In honor of its first anniversary, Brix Law has made a substantial donation to Feeding America, a Partner of NeighborImpact in Central Oregon. The gift will be used to underwrite the operating expenses associated with feeding 22,000 Central Oregonians monthly.
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.