July 2018 Around Town

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign

As part of an international movement, American Red Cross launched the Missing Types Campaign in June to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.  They campaign asks, “What if the letters A, B and O went missing from the alphabet?”  and illustrates how A, O and B are also used to identify blood types and what happens when they go missing from hospital shelves.  Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. More blood donors are needed to fill the gaps. The message is clear: You could be the missing type. Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the movement. Make an appointment to give blood today at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1.800.RED Cross.

Teen Mural Project Creates Art for Bend

The Teen Mural Project, a collaborative program from Basecamp Studio and High Desert Mural Festival, guided 8-12th graders from middle and high schools in Bend and La Pine through the creative process to produce a large-scale mural in Bend. The students attended art workshops to brainstorm, design and implement the project and to learn technical art and mural-making skills. “Not only did our participants have incredible talent and passion for art, but they also worked really hard to communicate with one another to create a collective vison,” says Darlene Becker, executive director and founder of Basecamp Studio. “It was so fun to watch them work and see their vision come alive,” she says. The mural is located at Cosmic Depot, 342 NE Clay Avenue. Bend.

Leadership Bend Impact Summit “Pitch for a Purpose” Awards

Five local nonprofits competed in the fourth annual Pitch for a Purpose, the culminating event of the 2018 Leadership Bend Impact Summit in May. The purpose of the Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS) is to empower nonprofits and strengthen our local communities. After a rigorous selection process, LBIS finalists participated in a series of strategic business planning workshops facilitated by local non-profit and business leaders. Finalists included Education Foundation for Bend La-Pine Schools, Friends of the Children, The Giving Plate, the Humane Society of the Ochocos, and In Our Backyard. The Giving Plate took home the top prize, a $12,000 award to fund facility upgrades and their programs which focus on feeding local children.