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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 >

Supporting those who Support Our Community: The KIDS Center Virtual Campaign

Supporting those who Support Our Community: The KIDS Center Virtual Campaign

The current COVID-19 crisis has affected all aspects of our community, including the rescheduling of major events and activities. For nonprofit organizations in our region, cancelling or revamping their major fundraising events has a dramatic impact on their ability to serve Central Oregon. This month, The Kids Center was planning to host its Healing Hearts Luncheon, of which Brooks Resources was a presenting level sponsor. The Kids Center decided to move the event to a… more >

Community resources in Central Oregon during the COVID-19 crisis

Community resources in Central Oregon during the COVID-19 crisis

As always, we are amazed by the solidarity of our Central Oregon community when facing any kind of adversity. The COVID-19 situation is top of mind for most of us, as we adjust to a new, temporary way of life and way of doing business. With all this change comes hardship for area families who have lost their jobs, are at high risk for illness or are even putting themselves in harm’s way to continue working (thanks medical… more >

Community Spotlight – Bend Food Project 

Community Spotlight – Bend Food Project 

Did you know that 1 in 5 children and 1 in 8 adults are food insecure in Deschutes County? The Bend Food Project is working to reduce these statistics, and fight hunger in our community. As we enter an uncertain time globally and locally, needs in our community are also likely to rise. The work that Bend Food Project is doing can help. This is something the whole team at Brooks Resources can… more >

2020 Wall Calendar Now Available

2020 Wall Calendar Now Available

Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for 4 decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no exception. For 2020, the real estate development company has chosen to feature Discovery West, the site of a new west Bend neighborhood the company is developing in partnership with the team that developed NorthWest Crossing. The image, taken by local photographer, Mike Houska of Dog Leg Studios,… more >

Memorial Fund Established to Honor Late Summit High Robotics Coach

Memorial Fund Established to Honor Late Summit High Robotics Coach

Charlotte Van Valkenburg shows off the “Chaos Theory” robot earlier this year. Brooks Resources, along with the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools and the Van Valkenburg family announced today that a memorial fund has been established to honor Charlotte Van Valkenburg, who passed away in a September car accident. The Charlotte Van Valkenburg Memorial Robotics Fund will provide financial assistance to high school robotics teams/clubs/programs throughout Central Oregon. As the head coach of the Summit High School Robotics… more >

Community Spotlight – Family Access Network

Community Spotlight – Family Access Network

Family Access Network (FAN) is unique to central Oregon, located in all public schools in Deschutes County and in Prineville. Working through a dedicated FAN advocate, a child or parent is connected to essential services such as food, shelter, heating, health care, clothing and more. When a child is well-rested and well-fed, they are more likely to attend and stay in school, paving the way for future success. Learn more about a few of the kids and families FAN… more >

Community Spotlight – Bend Film

Community Spotlight – Bend Film

BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival which runs October 10-13, 2019 offering four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties. BendFilm also offers year-round film exhibitions and programs and is the new owner of the Tin Pan Theater. The Festival venues for 2019 are The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, The Volcanic Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, and the historic Tower Theatre. BendFilm heads into this year’s festival celebrating their 16th Anniversary and capturing accolades… more >

Community Spotlight: NWX Farmers Market

Community Spotlight: NWX Farmers Market

We have a special place in our heart for the NorthWest Crossing (NWX) Farmers Market. Founded 11 years ago by the NorthWest Crossing development team as a way to support local business, build community and bring people to the ‘hood, the market has blossomed from a tiny, one-block event to a vibrant destination for hundreds of families and over 120 vendors each week. The NWX Farmers Market happens each Saturday now through September 21 from 10am-2pm… more >

Community Spotlight: Family Resource Center

Community Spotlight: Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center provides parents with child–raising strategies that strengthen their children‘s physical, mental and social development. It is the only agency in Central Oregon that offers evidence-based parenting education classes to parents of children of all ages.    The Family Resource Center offers classes that help parents and caregivers learn skills that are proven to enhance cognitive, social and emotional development and improve school readiness… more >

Doing Our Part to Prepare for and Live with Wildland Fire

Doing Our Part to Prepare for and Live with Wildland Fire

I recently attended a workshop designed to discuss the preparedness of Central Oregon for a wildland fire disaster.  The big question for the workshop was, “Can Central Oregon become another Paradise?”, referring to the tragedy in Paradise, CA last year from the Camp Fire.  Before I attended the workshop, I thought that Bend would never see a tragedy like Paradise, due to our different topography and surrounding landscape.  I was wrong.  The fire professionals who volunteered their time… more >

Community Spotlight: HDFFA

Community Spotlight: HDFFA

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) supports a thriving food and farm network in Central Oregon and has several programs and projects, two of which we wanted to highlight in our community spotlight this month. HDFFA is expanding farm fresh food through a mobile food pantry—a refrigerated truck called Fresh to You—starting this summer. HDFFA and NeighborImpact linked their financial resources to buy a refrigerated food truck that will offer food pantry items, ready-to-make meal kits and fresh… more >

Annual Brooks Resources Wall Calendar Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Annual Brooks Resources Wall Calendar Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly four decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2019, the horizontal format calendar features an expansive view of the three Sisters mountains. Local photographer Mike Houska of DogLeg Studios took the photo from beloved resort Black Butte Ranch, developed by the company nearly five decades ago. “This year’s calendar is… more >

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The Metolius Preserve: Our favorite staff meeting of the year

The preserve is an easy, flat hike with an abundance of things to see and experience. Last week several of our staff had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in nature. As a supporter of the Deschutes Land Trust since its inception in 1995, we were thrilled to accept an invitation from the Land Trust to tour their 1,240-acre forested preserve near Camp Sherman. And the Metolius Preserve did not disappoint. With Deschutes Land… more >

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

An Advocate’s View: An Interview with Mike Hollern

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”             ~ Theodore Roosevelt The power of advocacy gives us hope for change, particularly in today’s divisive political climate. It’s easy to throw up your hands and give in to the notion that change will never happen; that politics, red tape and bureaucracy stalls everything. And as an “ordinary” citizen, it’s difficult to know how to get involved and affect change. However, we’ve recently… more >

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Brooks Resources was recently honored by the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association. The 2017 Private Sector Partner Award recognizes an Oregon-based entity, corporation, or non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the park and recreation profession, either through an agency or the state association. “Brooks Resources has been a partner to park and recreation in Bend since the 1920s when Brooks Scanlon donated Shevlin Park to the City of Bend,” said Don Horton, Executive Director for Bend Park and… more >

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

Brooks Resources Awards Family Resource Center $10,000 Gift

This week, Brooks Resources gifted local non-profit, Family Resource Center of Central Oregon with $10,000 to go towards their mission of supporting Central Oregon families through parenting education. Brooks has been a long-time supporter of the Family Resource Center and is passionate about creating healthy communities for children and families. The organization, which was founded in 1988, focuses on providing parents in Deschutes County with child raising strategies that strengthen their children’s physical, mental and social development. This mission is… more >

View of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte on 2015 Brooks Resources Calendar

View of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte on 2015 Brooks Resources Calendar

Bend, Oregon real estate company’s free 2015 calendar features scenic mountain view by local photographer Mike Houska Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly three decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2015, the horizontal format calendar features an expansive, panoramic view of Mt Jefferson and Black Butte – two iconic landmarks in Central Oregon. Mike Houska of Dogleg… more >

Cascade Mountains Featured in the 2014 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar

Cascade Mountains Featured in the 2014 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar

Bend, Oregon real estate company’s free 2014 calendar features scenic mountain view from North Rim by Mike Houska Brooks Resources Corporation’s annual wall calendar has graced the walls of Central Oregon businesses and homes for nearly three decades. Featuring beautiful scenes from our region, this year is no different. For 2014, a mountain view beyond the rich colors and texture of the high desert landscape is featured. Taken from the Brooks Resources’ community of North… more >