Nonprofit News and Events
NeighborImpact is calling on community members to help stock the regional food warehouse in Redmond over the next several weeks. Two important food drives bring in about 65,000 pounds of food, which keeps food on the shelves through the summer months.
Operation CanOpener – April 23rd & April 24th
Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive – May 9th
As Americans face the dreaded “tax day” tomorrow, the average consumer now carries more debt according to a study by Experian called State of Credit. Consumers are also opening up more bankcards and credit cards. That doesn’t bode well for the long-term financial security of the average family.
As part of Financial Capability Month, NeighborImpact is highlighting important issues surrounding financial health. Lynne McConnell, associate director of HomeSource and assets for NeighborImpact, warns that if consumers have too much debt it can affect a variety of financial decisions.
The number of Americans with no emergency savings is up over last year despite an improving economy. 34% of adults lack the ability to fix a car, replace an appliance, or offset the loss of a job. Last year the rate was 29%. This is why NeighborImpact is getting the word out about Financial Capability Month to let families know there is local help available. Throughout April, NeighborImpact is partnering with The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit organization that empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve their financial future. NeighborImpact’s HomeSource program provides opportunities to learn about credit and budgeting, money management skills, and the importance of saving for a rainy day.
Recruitment efforts for Head Start are already underway for next school year. This as NeighborImpact celebrates the 50th anniversary of Head Start and the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Head Start Association. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services. The program provides a broad range of services in addition to classroom education. Health, nutrition, and family support services are complemented by a vast array of NeighborImpact programs, which support families in all areas of their lives.
15 million Americans are victims of ID Theft every year in the United States and Oregon now has the dubious honor of ranking third in the nation for the crime. NeighborImpact’s HomeSource program offers free credit counseling and can help victims determine next steps, assist with rebuilding credit and reviewing credit reports.
NeighborImpact is working with United Way of Deschutes County to make sure low- to moderate-income taxpayers in Central Oregon get the most out of their tax returns. United Way oversees the program and NeighborImpact has offered its Bend and Redmond offices as tax-aid sites. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps people find more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. The service is free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older.
Hydro Flask—the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks—announced the donation of approximately 6,000 Hydro Flask products to the Community Action Partnership of Oregon (CAPO) and its 17 Community Action Agencies (CAAs). Hydro Flask’s product donation is aimed at helping CAPO’s agencies, whose mission is to eradicate poverty in Oregon.
Hydro Flask—the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks—is gifting $100,000 to three Bend, Oregon-based nonprofit organizations. The donation aims to give back to the local community that helped Hydro Flask become the business it is today. Recipients include Neighbor Impact Head Start, Oregon Adaptive Sports, and Oregon Natural Desert Association. Charities were chosen because of the positive impact each has within the Central Oregon community and the successful track records of converting donation dollars into community programs.
To say the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can make or break a family’s income for the year, is not an understatement. For the 2013 tax year, the average refund in Oregon was over $2,000.That’s why NeighborImpact is recognizing the national event this Friday, January 30th. EITC puts cash in the pockets of low- and moderate-working families and helps stimulate Central Oregon’s economy by creating jobs and economic opportunities.
Thanks a to a $5,000 grant from the Oregon Association of Realtors Home Foundation, NeighborImpact can assist more families in Central Oregon realize the dream of homeownership. This competitive grant award comes at a perfect time because the home-buying season is just around the corner.