Nonprofit News and Events
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.
Over 54,000 pounds of food fills NeighborImpact Food Bank - Stamp Out Hunger food drive will feed local families through summer
The biggest food drive of the year was a major success for NeighborImpact, thanks to our local postal workers. On Saturday, May 10th, local residents were asked to leave a bag or box of non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Postal workers and volunteers collected 55,044 pounds of food, an increase of 5,000 pounds over 2013.
An alarming number of Central Oregonians are chronically homeless - Affordable housing options virtually nonexistent in the region
Despite an improving economy, the number of homeless individuals and families is worsening. The Point in Time Count, conducted by the Homeless Leadership Coalition, shows homelessness is up in all three counties this year. A total of 2,410 individuals self-identified, which includes 116 veterans. That’s a jump of 420 individuals over 2013. 172 more households also experienced homelessness. Those numbers were particularly higher among the youth, elderly, and the disabled.
The NeighborImpact Food Bank team is excited to welcome a brand-new truck to its fleet. The agency currently has two trucks that are used to pick up food from local grocery store donors. The third truck will expand the Food Bank’s ability to better serve the entire region.
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.
Empty Bowls Title Sponsor Fred Meyer supports NeighborImpact with $20,000 donation!