Nonprofit News and Events
An alarming number of Americans have no savings to fall back on if they lost a job or faced a significant financial hurdle, according to a consumer finance survey by NeighborWorks America. 29% of Americans would be unable to repair a vehicle, pay medical bills, or offset the loss of a job. The people most impacted are low-income workers, minorities, and young adults. This is where NeighborImpact’s HomeSource program steps in to help Central Oregon families. Through its financial coaching program, HomeSource provides opportunities for individuals and families to learn about credit and budgeting, money management skills, and the importance of saving for a rainy day.
Affordable housing on the High Desert is hard to come by. Recent statistics show there's less than 1 percent vacancies in Bend.
Applications are now available for families who want to enroll their children in NeighborImpact’s Head Start program in Deschutes and Crook counties. In 2013, Head Start enrolled 516 children in 24 classrooms.
NeighborImpact is helping to promote reading by handing out 2,500 books to children of Head Start. The books are made available by Toys for Tots, which is distributing 89,000 books across the region.
Pay it forward. That’s the motto NeighborImpact employee Wendi Skala lives by as she celebrates her 10-year anniversary with the organization this month. She’s a record keeper and reporting technician for Head Start, an early learning program that helps families build skills and prepare children to be successful in school. Her journey has come full circle. Not only does Skala work for Head Start, two of her daughters were students in program.
Former KTVZ-TV news anchor Jason Carr joins the staff of NeighborImpact as Communications Director. Carr is a native of Central Oregon and brings with him a decade of media experience. He was previously the executive director of The Partnership to End Poverty and spent six years as the economic development director for Crook County where he helped attract the Facebook and Apple data centers to the region.
Footzone of Bend’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Fun Run/Walk “I Like Pie” was attended by a record number of participants, who brought pies and non- perishable food to downtown Bend on Thanksgiving Day 2013. Over 1,700 people participated in this year’s run, which included a judged pie baking contest. Participants donated more than 7,400 pounds on food and Footzone of Bend raised over $12,900 in proceeds that were donated to NeighborImpact’s Food Bank. Entrants were encouraged to bring 5 pounds of food and a pie to share with the masses as part of their entry fee for the run.
More than one third of Americans make the New Year’s resolution to save more money or spend less. Even though it’s hard to figure out where to start, NeighborImpact can help you improve your finances and opportunities for you future.
As the Holiday Season approaches Central Oregon’s local hunger relief agencies are serving record numbers of people, 20,000 individuals a month. Food Drives provide an important resource in the fight against hunger by supplying more than 6% of the 2.5 million pounds, or nearly four of the 62 semi trucks of food, the agency distributes every year.
NeighborImpact and the Latino Community Association are proud to announce the opening of their new office space at 116 SE D Street in Madras, Or. This shared office space will enable both agencies to serve clients with increasing effectiveness as they continue to offer a broad range of services in the community.
Empty Bowls Title Sponsor Fred Meyer supports NeighborImpact with $20,000 donation!