Consider These 6 Lesser-Known Local Nonprofits
It’s no secret that the bulk of donor activity happens during the holidays. Some nonprofits receive almost 33% of each year’s donations in November and December. So, if you’re just now starting to consider where to focus your charitable efforts, you’re not alone!
Those who include charitable giving in their budgets tend to select charities with a focus matching their own interests. To that end, we are highlighting a wide range of lesser-known local nonprofits in hopes you’ll find a match.
The Hunger Prevention Coalition
You’ve probably seen those “Help Fill Empty Plates” signs in local retail establishments. At the register you choose an amount to donate, the clerk scans the coupon and you provide a nutritious meal to a Central Oregonian in need. The Hunger Prevention Coalition doesn’t provide these meals directly; this all-volunteer board acts as a granting organization, funding programs that can guarantee they will serve anyone in need and will provide nutritious meals. In fact, organizations which are awarded funds must provide receipts for the total amount given each year.
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The Foundry Shower Truck
The Shower Truck brings a warm shower to those who need it. The truck currently provides a free shower three times a week at Family Kitchen’s community free meal programs and once per week at Jericho Road in Redmond. Volunteers drive the truck to the location, set up the water connection and stairs and monitor shower sessions for the three stalls inside the truck.
“When folks come out of the shower, they come out laughing, smiling. They sit, close their eyes, breathe freely, and declare the joy of hot water and cleanliness. They put on clean socks—almost as precious as food and water,” says shower truck volunteer Ken Cox.
The Bend High Bike Club
After school in a small shed-turned-bike-shop on the Bend Senior High School campus, you’ll find students busily fixing and tuning bikes. Club members learn skills that can prepare them for a job in the industry or that can keep their own bikes in top shape. They assess the condition of donated bikes, order any needed parts and make necessary repairs. Finished products are earmarked mostly for students and families in the Bend-La Pine School District who have been identified by FAN (Family Access Network) Advocates.
The Environmental Center – Exploring Community
The Environmental Center wants to get more kids outside connecting with nature. The Exploring Community Program takes students to Sparks Lake and educates them about the ecological concept of community. The center hopes students will increase their sense of belonging to the community at school and in our city. In addition, they hope children will take individual responsibility for adjusting their actions and behaviors to support the human and natural systems around them.
Funding for projects created by students and teachers post program
Back Door Cafe and Day Center
The Bend Church near Troy Field in downtown Bend offers a full-day drop-in center each Wednesday predominantly for those experiencing homelessness. Those in need of services can have a place to rest, check in with medical professionals in the Mosaic Medical van, obtain addiction counseling services, have a shower, get some breakfast, use a computer, get a haircut or just simply connect with others in a less stressful environment.
Their first day open saw a man who has been homeless for a number of years set up a Facebook account and see his granddaughter for the first time.
Additional service providers
Arts & Culture Alliance
Central Oregon’s Arts and Culture Alliance began as a charter of the Bend 2030 Creative Learning Culture project. Formed to allow small nonprofits to have strength in numbers when advocating for a vibrant, creative community, the alliance has worked through their initial strategic goals and is ready to formulate the next set. Collectively, members are currently funding a survey that will measure the full economic footprint of arts and culture events in the area.
Creative arts practitioners
Groups and organizations that focus on the arts