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Community Spotlight: MountainStar Family Relief Nursery 

Community Spotlight: MountainStar Family Relief Nursery 

Snow has recently fallen to the ground in Central Oregon, and the holidays are just around the corner. Now is a great time to get involved in the community and help those around us to have a special holiday season. MountainStar Family Relief Nursery began providing services to families in the community of Bend in 2001 and now serves the tri-county Central Oregon area including Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties. We are proud to support this organization… more >

Community Spotlight: Hunger Prevention Coalition 

Community Spotlight: Hunger Prevention Coalition 

As the holidays approach, it’s a good time to raise awareness and address hunger in our community. In 2022, an enormous 42% of people in Deschutes County alone reported food insecurity. One organization that is making a difference is The Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon, a nonprofit agency that raises and distributes funds for nutritious food to outlets and distribution points throughout Central Oregon. We are proud… more >

Community Spotlight: Kôr Community Land Trust

Community Spotlight: Kôr Community Land Trust

As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Bend certainly feels the pressure of growth from many different angles. Kôr Community Land Trust addresses one of these, helping to ensure that the Central Oregon workforce has access to healthy, affordable homes for generations to come. We are proud to support this nonprofit organization and their work in building sustainable, affordable homeownership communities. The primary audience for Kôr is working families and individuals such as nurses, teachers,… more >

Community spotlight: Every Child Central Oregon

Community spotlight: Every Child Central Oregon

Did you know that more than 11,000 children in Oregon spent time in foster care last year? In order to meet their needs, and the needs of the families that care for them, it takes a collaborative effort. That’s where Every Child Central Oregon (ECCO) comes in. This unique organization helps to connect foster children and foster parents with resources in the greater community. Brooks Resources is a proud supporter of ECCO, as… more >

Central Oregon Community College Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Central Oregon Community College Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

We are proud to support Central Oregon Community College’s Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series, formerly called its Visiting Scholar Program, which brings renowned speakers, lecturers and experts to the region. Over the past few weeks, they have been holding a number of events in support of the Season of Nonviolence, with a wide array of programming in partnership with the college’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Earlier this month, the final event in the series featured Julie Sze, Ph.D. more >

Bend Foundation Funds Four Roundabouts for Public Art

Bend Foundation Funds Four Roundabouts for Public Art

Bend Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. and shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon and Brooks Resources, is donating funds to support new public art in four Bend roundabouts. The Bend Foundation and the City of Bend are collaborating with local non-profit organization, Art in Public Places, to place large-scale sculptures in the roundabouts over the next two years. Kirk Schueler, a trustee of Bend Foundation, said, “Our city’s vibrant collection of public art is one of the aspects that makes… more >

Community Spotlight: High Desert Museum

Community Spotlight: High Desert Museum

A beloved Central Oregon icon, the High Desert Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. We’re proud to have been a long-time supporter of the Museum and its work in the community to bring exploration, education and experience that create connection with the high desert. In fact, Mike Hollern, Brooks Resources’ longtime leader and now Chairman of the Board, was approached by Museum founder Don Kerr way back… more >

Community Spotlight: Art in Public Places

Community Spotlight: Art in Public Places

If you’ve driven through a roundabout, you’ve likely seen some of the work completed by nonprofit organization Art in Public Places. With a mission of enhancing the cultural environment of Bend, Oregon, the group facilitates the selection and placement of accessible, high-caliber art throughout our community. What better time to shine a spotlight on Art in Public Places (AiPP) than when the organization is in the middle of collecting community input for a new piece of public art? Right… more >

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Brooks Resources has been a long-time supporter of BendFilm, ever since the organization was founded back in 2004. Beyond its annual independent festival, which takes over downtown Bend and beyond for a few days each October, BendFilm is an active and vibrant part of the cultural fabric of Central Oregon. We believe that a culturally rich community is a healthy one, which is one of the reasons that Brooks Resources and the Bend… more >

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Earlier this month, a Central Oregon tradition returned: the annual COBA Tour of Homes. Put on each year by the Central Oregon Builders Association it was, the two-weekend-long Tour had a mix of in-person and virtual tours to showcase some of Central Oregon’s finest homes in a variety of price categories. Our new community of Discovery West had a home on the… more >

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental health concerns have increased substantially over the course of the last several months, as the pandemic drastically changed lives around the world. Increases in depression and anxiety are hovering in the double digits and the full impacts of the crisis are probably yet to been seen. In light of these events, it is even more critical to support services that help people and their loved ones through mental illness. In Central Oregon, we have a great resource in… more >

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

It’s Earth Month, so what better time to spotlight a champion for sustainability in Central Oregon – The Environmental Center. An integral part of our community for the past three decades, The Environmental Center has worked hard to bring education about key environmental issues, as well as provide opportunities for people to engage and take action. Along with many other ongoing programs, the organization is providing… more >

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

We are pleased to announce that the Bend Foundation has donated $400,000 to various causes in the Central Oregon region. Please see below for the full press release about the grants. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations Central Oregon philanthropic organization donates $200,000 to Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity and $200,000 to other organizations aiding in COVID-19 recovery and resilienc Bend, Oregon – 08 March 2021 –… more >

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Nonprofit organizations in our community are working overtime during this time of crisis, and we are proud to support many different causes in Central Oregon including The Bethlehem Inn. Homelessness is on the rise locally and nationwide, and many of these people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to health concerns surrounding the pandemic. The Bethlehem Inn, which provides shelter and meals for this population, is taking care when it comes to COVID-19 safety. The Bethlehem… more >

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: I Like Pie Run/Walk

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: I Like Pie Run/Walk

It’s a Central Oregon tradition: work off all that Thanksgiving yumminess with a brisk morning run to raise money for three deserving charities: the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Girls on the Run of Central Oregon and NeighborImpact. Yes, we’re talking about the “I Like Pie” Run/Walk, typically held around Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District area. This year, like most things, the format of the event is a bit different, and producer Cascade Lakes Relays and the FootZone… more >

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: Deschutes Children’s Foundation

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: Deschutes Children’s Foundation

There are so many different organizations working hard to support our community during these difficult times, and nearly all have been forced to cancel their planned fund-raising events. Deschutes Children’s Foundation is one of them, and they’ve come up with a creative alternative to their planned “Ripples” event. Instead, you can join them virtually for a new event, dubbed “Riddles.”  Riddles: Creative Community Problem Solving will be held on Wednesday, October 14th. This… more >

Central Oregon Symphony’s Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K Goes Virtual

Central Oregon Symphony’s Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K Goes Virtual

It’s not just meetings, cocktail hours and family get-togethers that have gone virtual, many nonprofits in our community are turning online to continue fundraising. But how do you do a 5K race virtually? Central Oregon Symphony has it figured out with their 6th Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K race. Rather than canceling this fun event, which raises important… more >

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Many nonprofit organizations in our Central Oregon community were forced to forego major scheduled fundraising events as the global pandemic unfolded. With restrictions still place statewide, even events that were originally rescheduled have had to be put off even further, or cancelled completely. This is the case with an event we were proud to sponsor: the Latino Community Association’s annual Gala de Oro.  Originally planned for April of this year, and… more >

Supporting those who support our community: Haelen House

Supporting those who support our community: Haelen House

At the start of this month, local nonprofit organization Haelen House was forced to cancel its annual primary educational and awareness building event, the Healing Trauma Conference. Haelen House is dedicated to healing the root cause and effects of trauma, creating health, resilience and wholeness. With May being National Trauma Awareness Month, their planned conference was the perfect way to help people recognize the repercussions of trauma of… more >

Supporting those who Support Our Community: Deschutes River Conservancy

Supporting those who Support Our Community: Deschutes River Conservancy

Before major gatherings were put on hold due to the global pandemic, many nonprofits in our community had major fundraising events planned. One of those impacted organizations was the Deschutes River Conservancy, which had its annual Riverfeast scheduled for late last month. Brooks Resources had signed on as the title sponsor of this important event, which supports the group’s mission of preserving and ensuring the health of the lifeline of Central Oregon:… more >