NeighborImpact, City of Madras Offers COVID Relief Grants to Small Businesses and Micro Enterprises in Jefferson County

Madras, OR – The City of Madras has just been awarded a grant that allows them to provide funding to support small businesses and micro enterprises financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NeighborImpact wrote the grant application on behalf of the City of Madras and will operate the program on their behalf. Funding for the program came in the form of a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which was awarded to the City ofRead More >

We’re There for Child Care

Chantelle Machau owns and operates Kidinc Preschool. Like many child care providers, Chantelle felt worried and overwhelmed by restrictions placed on child care due to COVID-19. NeighborImpact’s Child Care Resources stepped in with help. Rather than waiting for providers to request assistance, Child Care Resources’ team reached out to them, right away, with guidance for navigating the new rules. “All the immediate help and reaching out to us from Neighborimpact was like having an extraRead More >

More Cozy, Less Costly

Matthew Nicolau is a single dad to two little girls. They live in an 80-year-old house that never had renovations, making it costly to heat. “This house was really cold in the winter time. To keep it at 65 degrees meant keeping the heater running all the time and hundreds of dollars in electric bills,” said Matthew. NeighborImpact’s Energy Assistance program helped keep the heat and lights on. “I did everything I could to earnRead More >

Ready, Set, Grow!

Thanks to a recent award of state funding, NeighborImpact is launching a major expansion of our Head Start program for the 2020-21 school year. Total slots will increase 43 percent, from 445 to 638 children. The program’s expansion will add 97 part-day Head Start slots, 76 full-day Head Start slots and 20 Early Head Start slots. We will open two additional Head Start classrooms in Bend and Redmond as well as one each in PrinevilleRead More >

Rolling With It

Our Food Bank’s mobile food pantry, Redmond School District Nutrition Services and Jericho Road teamed up to offer a one-stop food shop this summer for Redmond students and families. This partnered distribution increased access to food for families experiencing food insecurity or financially impacted by the coronavirus health crisis. The events, titled “Produce Plus,” took place at Redmond High School’s Summer Meals distribution every third Thursday through August 20. Families received summer meals from RedmondRead More >

Rent Relief Right on Time

Individuals and families across the region have lost income as a result of the pandemic. While a moratorium on evictions has prevented homelessness for many, it has not eliminated or reduced rent itself, which continues to accumulate each month. When the moratorium ends, families without the funds to pay several months of past due rent will face eviction. The good news: Extraordinary investment by the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, Oregon Housing and Community Services andRead More >

NeighborImpact offers Energy Assistance for those financially impacted by COVID-19

Central Oregon—Thanks to a recent award of State funding, NeighborImpact is offering an Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief (EASCR) program, which provides direct bill payment assistance to qualifying residents in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  NeighborImpact received $860,557 for the program, awarded by Oregon Housing and Community Services. The funds are intended to “help prevent, prepare for, or respond to the coronavirus” and are available to individuals who haveRead More >

NeighborImpact expands Head Start, Early Head Start programs

Central Oregon– Thanks to a recent award of state funding, NeighborImpact is launching a major expansion of its Head Start program for the 2020-21 school year. NeighborImpact’s total slots will increase 43 percent from 445 to 638 children. Head Start is a center based program that integrates high-quality pre-kindergarten education with other critical services to ensure that children are socially, emotionally and educationally ready to enter Kindergarten. It also ensures that children receive medical, dental andRead More >

NeighborImpact celebrates Census Day July 15

Central Oregon–  To help ensure an accurate count and the availability of resources in the region, NeighborImpact is celebrating Census Day on July 15. The U.S. Census is the official survey that determines the population of our country. The information gathered in the once a decade census is used to determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is handed out across the country. These dollars are used to fund construction projects and programs aimed atRead More >

NeighborImpact, Northwest Area Foundation offer Goal Savers matched savings program

Central Oregon– Thanks to funds provided by Northwest Area Foundation, NeighborImpact is helping Central Oregonians save toward their personal goals and better their financial futures by offering a “Goal Savers” program. Each Goal Savers participant identifies a specific financial goal they plan to accomplish upon completion of the program. This goal is entirely individualized and could be anything that helps the individual move toward financial stability. They might save to rent a home, repair a car forRead More >

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