Central Oregon– NeighborImpact Head Start is now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year. Head Start integrates high-quality pre-kindergarten education with other critical services such as health services (medical visits; hearing, vision and dental checks); meals and nutrition; and family advocacy. The program serves children 3-5 years of age and their families. NeighborImpact’s Head Start program operates in eight sites in Redmond, Bend, La Pine, and Prineville in Deschutes and Crook counties, Central Oregon’s two most populatedRead More >

Central Oregon– Even amid the chaos of COVID-19, NeighborImpact’s Child Care Resources team have been hard at work to successfully launch the Baby Promise program. The program provides fully-funded quality child care for up to 109 children from ages six weeks to three years through multiple licensed providers in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. In order to ensure the quality of the child care being provided, NeighborImpact Child CareRead More >

Central Oregon– While most winter warming shelters in the region closed their doors on March 15, NeighborImpact extended the season for the Bend shelter, keeping it open for an additional month. The shelter served a total of 327 unique individuals over the course of the 121 nights that it was open. Ninety-seven of the shelter guests were women while 233 were men. The shelter provided 3,498 overnight stays and an additional 256 warming stays (not overnight, butRead More >

Central Oregon– With the impacts of COVID-19, it is no surprise that nonprofit organizations like NeighborImpact have experienced an increased need for volunteers. NeighborImpact has been fortunate to witness the generosity of the Central Oregon community as volunteers step up to meet the increasing need. Even before the health crisis, however, NeighborImpact reported a significant increase in volunteering. During the 2019 calendar year, NeighborImpact engaged 1,722 volunteers for a total of 25,640 hours of volunteering,Read More >

Linda Hudson, a senior, lives on a fixed income. She struggled to pay her home’s high electricity bills and found it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in her home. “My power bill has always been horrendous from the day I moved in,” said Linda. Linda had her heat pump replaced after the original one stopped working, but was disappointed to find that the new pump did not help to reduce her energy bills. Additionally,Read More >

Central OR– School districts across the state scrambled to put plans in place after Governor Kate Brown’s March 23 order. The order mandates that schools provide emergency child care to essential emergency responders during the COVID-19 crisis, a task that many schools were unprepared for. For Crook County School District, NeighborImpact Child Care Resources proved an invaluable partner in making the order a reality in Crook County. “NeighborImpact Child Care Resources is working to connect ourRead More >

Redmond, OR– Although NeighborImpact’s Head Start classrooms are closed in accordance with Governor Kate Brown’s order related to social-distancing, staff continue to support enrolled children and families in creative and innovative ways. Head Start family advocates are reaching out to each family enrolled in the program to offer their support, not only in meeting the academic needs of the enrolled child, but also the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of the family. “We wantRead More >

Redmond, OR– With the increased social distancing measures and closure of nonessential businesses, NeighborImpact is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its clients and staff while continuing to deliver crucial services. As an essential business providing essential services to disadvantaged individuals in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact will continue to serve all three counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Outlying NeighborImpact offices in Prineville and La Pine are closed because the sites inRead More >

Redmond, OR– With the increased social distancing measures and extended school cancellations, NeighborImpact is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its clients and staff while continuing to deliver crucial services.   In accordance with Governor Kate Brown’s announcement on Tuesday evening closing public schools, all Head Start classes and the Early Head Start program operated by NeighborImpact will remain closed through April 28.   Additionally, in compliance with social distancing recommendations, all in-personRead More >

Bend, OR- Health concerns, restaurant closings and restrictions on gatherings, all arising from COVID-19, have prompted changes to NeighborImpact’s Foodie Crawl fundraiser. NeighborImpact is currently in communications with the event’s restaurant partners about postponement dates. NeighborImpact believes postponing the event is the responsible course of action for the protection and health of Foodie Crawl guests, restaurant employees, staff and volunteers. NeighborImpact remains committed to providing crucial services while preserving the health of the individuals and familiesRead More >