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Bend Habitat: Serving families is what they do

Bend Habitat: Serving families is what they do

The Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is one of 30 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we post information about one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you enjoy learning more about these wonderful organizations that help make Central Oregon a better place. 

Since 1989, the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity has made an impact in our community by building more than 120 affordable homes and repairing more than 70 homes.  They have served more than 600 children and adults through homeownership, home repair and weatherization.global-site-settings-logo.4

Future homeowner Lynn said she is grateful for the opportunity to have “the pride of home ownership, security for her daughter, and peace of mind.”

By the time she closes on her home in January, Lynn will have completed 200 hours of sweat equity in the building her home.  She will pay a mortgage that is typically no more than 33 percent of the new homeowner’s gross income at the time they applied for the program.

Lynn’s mortgage payments to the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity will go back into the community to help build more affordable housing in the Bend area.

Stephanie Brusett, fundraising and philanthropy associate, said one of the things the Bend Habitat is most proud of this year is that “our Habitat ReStore now covers all of our overhead costs. This means that 100% of the money people donate to Bend Habitat goes directly to impact local families!”

To donate securely to the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, please go to: https://bendhabitat.org/financial-donations/

The Bend Habitat ReStore opened in 1997. Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. By shopping, donating, or volunteering, you are helping build homes right here in Bend.

The Habitat ReStore is located at 224 NE Thurston Ave., Bend.  Store hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store accepts donations when open and also on Mondays  (even though the store is closed) through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have Yourself a Sustainable Holiday

Have Yourself a Sustainable Holiday

A lot goes into celebrating holidays – decorations, gift-wrapping, large meals – which can result in a lot of waste. You don’t have to cut back on holiday festivities to minimize waste with these tips. Go LED Not only do they use less energy, but LED bulbs last longer than traditional halogen incandescent lights. Although… Continue Reading

Abilitree: Empowering lives, growing independence

Abilitree: Empowering lives, growing independence

Abilitree is one of 30 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we post information about one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you enjoy… Continue Reading

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

St. Vincent food drop-off at BendBroadband office

Next time you drive by the BendBroadband office on Sherman Road, be sure to stop and donate a food item. A St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel is located at the BendBroadband office at 63090 Sherman Road in Bend this holiday season. The barrel will be there from now until Dec. 31. When asked about their greatest need, St. Vincent de Paul… Continue Reading

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

Month of Giving: The Center Foundation

The Center Foundation is one of nearly 25 nonprofits that BendBroadband provides free or reduced internet and video services. Every Friday during our Month of Giving campaign, BendBroadband is featuring one of these organizations on our web page. In addition, every day we are featuring one nonprofit on our Facebook and Twitter sites. We hope you… Continue Reading

BendBroadband kicks off Month of Giving on Dec. 1

BendBroadband kicks off Month of Giving on Dec. 1

BendBroadband has been part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years. And thanks to the community, we’ve been able to grow and thrive. One of our favorite programs is BendBroadband’s Community Partners Program where we provide nearly 25 nonprofits with free or reduced internet and video services. Each day during the month… Continue Reading

Best ways to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers

Best ways to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers

As you recover from eating copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and more you need to figure out how to eat all of the leftovers sitting in the fridge. Here are just a few creative ways to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Day-After Turkey Soup Everyone loves Chicken Noodle Soup, especially in… Continue Reading