Nonprofit News and Events
Students attending NeighborImpact Head Start in Deschutes and Crook counties are back in class today and teachers have an important goal in mind: build on last year’s student achievement. Of the 433 three- and four-year-olds attending class last year, well over 90% either met or exceeded standards in areas such as math, literacy, language, and cognitive skills.
NeighborImpact celebrates 50 years of community action - Individual Development Accounts boost local economy
50 years ago this month, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law giving birth to community action. There are 1,100 across the country, including 17 in Oregon. NeighborImpact is Central Oregon’s community action agency. Community action organizations help low-income people and families move out of poverty and achieve economic stability through a variety of targeted programs such as Head Start, weatherization, energy assistance, job training and placement, financial education, housing and transportation.
The month of August provides NeighborImpact with an opportunity to highlight why community action is essential for the economic security of low-income Americans. One such program that is contributing to economic development efforts in Central Oregon is the Individual Development Account (IDA) program.
NeighborImpact was made aware today through the Oregon Food Bank of a voluntary recall by nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc., of certain kinds of almond butter and peanut butter because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Since January 1st of this year, NeighborImpact has distributed 950 cases of the product to our regional food partners.
To help jump-start its lending program, NeighborImpact welcomes Michael Hinton to the team as the agency’s new lending director. Hinton has 20 years of experience in the lending business where he worked for local banks, Hayden Homes in Redmond, and owned his own mortgage business. He’s served on the Housing Works board of commission since 1998 and is currently the vice chair, so his knowledge of affordable housing is a bonus
With many families still priced out of homes and rental units in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and Housing Works announce a unique partnership to bring more affordable housing to the region. With rental vacancy rates still less than one percent and home prices rising, two of the region’s senior nonprofits are answering the call to make a difference.
Nonprofits serving Deschutes County receive an extra boost thanks to the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF). The Foundation awarded over $371,000 across Oregon, including $61,000 to nine different nonprofits in Central Oregon with a focus on food, safety, and shelter.
Only 79 slots remain for NeighborImpact’s Head Start program for the 2014-2015 school year. NeighborImpact staff have been busy processing applications and getting the word about this critical program for low-income children in Crook and Deschutes County. Several local communities still have slots available for children: Redmond, 44; Bend: 23; Prineville: 8; and La Pine: 4.
Dozens of families fighting poverty and homelessness in Central Oregon will continue to receive housing thanks to a $507,804 grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). NeighborImpact’s transitional housing program was one of 18 projects in Oregon to receive funding as part of the second round of HUD’s Continuum of Care program.
The pottery classroom at Central Oregon Community College will be humming with creativity from 2pm-5pm Friday, May 30th. Art students will put their talents to use by crafting unique pottery bowls in preparation for NeighborImpact’s annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls.
It’s an exciting week for NeighborImpact’s Head Start students and their families. 263 children in Deschutes and Crook counties will be graduating this Friday and moving onto kindergarten. Another 150 students will return for a second year in September. NeighborImpact Head Start served 433 children this year and provided a broad range of services in addition to classroom education. Health, nutrition, and family support services are complemented by a vast array of programs that support the entire family in all areas of their lives.
Empty Bowls Title Sponsor Fred Meyer supports NeighborImpact with $20,000 donation!