Bend, Oregon


Bend, OR located in Central Oregon just east of the Cascade Mountains, is often referred to as the mountain town that has it all. Rich in spectacular natural beauty, with 300 days of sunshine a year, 20 alpine lakes nearby, endless outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking and fishing, it is no wonder the poverty here is overlooked. Known for its sustainable tourism, Bend offers locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy year-round events and activities like the Bend Film Festival, Cascade Cycling Classic, Balloons over Bend, Bend Farmers Market, Bend Ale Trail and the free summer outdoor concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Bend has a plethora of parks, trails, restaurants, mobile street vendors, organic markets, coffee roasters and tea houses that keep this small town of 80,000 people and its visitors very content.

Notre Dame AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of capacities at different non-profit agencies, reaching the homeless, at-risk youth and teens, victims of domestic violence, Head Start preschoolers, and babies/toddlers at risk for abuse and neglect. NDA members in Bend, Oregon are supported by the Bend Volunteer Community, a group of locals dedicated to lifting up the work of the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers. Learn more about the BVC at

Site Director:

Colleen Thomas


The Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon
(500 NW Wall St. Bend, OR 97701 Phone #: 541-617-2877)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of high impact affordable programs that enable at-risk you to mature into productive, caring and responsible adults. Youth discover talents, develop skills and build confidence...while having fun and making friends. We provide caring adult role models to boys and girls ages 6-18 and a safe haven where positive choices are supported. The mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Three pillars of success drive our youth development programming; improving Academic Success, building Character and Citizenship and engaging in Healthy Lifestyles.

The NDA member serves as an Educational Coordinator and will implement Project Learn, an educational enhancement strategy and Power Hour, a dedicated homework and academic assistance time at one Club location. The Educational Coordinator also seeks to strengthen partnerships with schools and families to create a web of support around every child. Evidence and experience have shown that consistent homework completion helps children develop academically, learn valuable organizational skills, including time management and task completion. Homework and academic assistance also improves grades, including reading and math performance, as well as decreases absenteeism in the schools.

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The Bethlehem Inn -
(3705 N Hwy 97, Bend, Oregon 97701; mailing address: PO Box 8540, Bend, Oregon, 97708; Phone: 541-322-8768 x11)

Founded in 1999, the Bethlehem Inn is a community supported emergency shelter committed to providing a safe, secure and accountable environment for residents to meet basic needs and connect to community resources. Our goal is to support single adults and families in making life-affirming choices and measurable progress towards self-sufficiency. The Bethlehem Inn provides emergency access to shelter and food in a safe, secure environment.

The NDA member will serve as a Case Manager which involves scheduling resident assessments; completing assessments with resident; assisting residents by providing informal guidance, educating them on available resources and social support; assisting in educating residents in life skills such as goal setting and creating an action plan; revisiting that action plan on a regular basis; scheduling follow up appointments in order to measure progress and record assessment information in Contact Manager Program and update appropriate staff person. The member will also serve as the Outreach Manager Assistant, providing staff support for the Outreach Manager; assisting with volunteers, meal coordination and special projects.

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Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery
(2125 NE Daggett Lane, Bend, Oregon 97701; Phone:541-322-6820)

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery provides crisis intervention and age-specific therapeutic classrooms for babies and young children from birth to 4 years old. Children come from families with an average of 12 risk factors for child abuse and neglect, including poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, mental health issues and domestic violence. Research shows that early childhood is a critical and sensitive window for brain development, and a time when children are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. MountainStar staff work with the whole family to keep children safe, reduce stress, improve parenting skills, and provide a rich learning environment for babies and toddlers.

The Notre Dame AmeriCorps (NDA) member will assist in age-specific, therapeutic classes for children 6 weeks to 4 years old who are at an elevated risk for child abuse and neglect. Classes meet the quality standards through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, in addition to being designed to meet the needs of children living in chaotic, traumatic situations. The NDA member is a member of the teaching team who is responsible carrying out developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive classroom activities. The NDA member may be assigned case management and home visiting responsibilities depending on their interest and abilities. The NDA member assists in the transportation program by driving or riding a 14 passenger bus used to transport children for classes. The NDA member also supports other projects including monthly parenting classes, Christmas giving program for families, year-end family celebration, classroom projects, and researching community resources.

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NeighborImpact Head Start
(2303 SW 1st Street, Redmond, OR 97759 Phone #: 541-548-2380)

NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit Community Action Organization established to serve and speak out for economically disadvantaged people in Central Oregon. Its mission is to empower individuals and families to succeed and become engaged citizens in the community. NeighborImpact’s Head Start Program strengthens families and closes the achievement gap for over 450 of Central Oregon’s most vulnerable and at risk pre-school age children Head Start integrates quality early education with other critical services; health, nutrition, mental health, parent education, parent engagement, crisis intervention and family support, to help children be ready for success in school and life. Early childhood is a critical window of opportunity and is an especially important time for young children who have suffered the ill-effects of poverty and trauma. Head Start addresses these ill-effects through an evidence-based intervention that empowers and strengthens families and builds children’s confidence, curiosity, and school readiness skills.

As part of the Head Start team, the Notre Dame AmeriCorps (NDA) member will work directly with children in Head Start classrooms, helping to implement the Second Step Curriculum and support PBIS (Positive Behavior Support & Intervention) strategies. These interventions help children build critical social and emotional skills, support their recovery from the damaging effects of early childhood trauma and strengthen their readiness for school. In addition the volunteer will have the opportunity to support & train baby boomer-age volunteers and on-call staff to provide social emotional skill building services. The member’s work with Head Start will directly impact children’s readiness for success in school and life. The member will join a team of early childhood professionals who are building a better future and making a difference every day.

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Saving Grace
(1425 NW Kingston Avenue, Bend, Oregon 97701; Phone: 541-382-9227)

Saving Grace provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services. Their mission is to promote the value of living free of violence. Their services include operating a 30 bed emergency shelter for women and children, running a 24 hour domestic violence Hotline, providing services for sexual assault survivors, organizing crisis support groups, hospital accompaniment, and a children’s center for respite and therapeutic care.

The Advocate position at Saving Grace includes empowering women, teens, and children through education and support. Tasks include: intake and needs assessment at the shelter; peer counseling; education and support with legal issues and rights; system advocacy for mental and physical health; system advocacy to meet needs-food and shelter; co-facilitating a domestic violence children’s support group and other related tasks with which the staff may need assistance. This position also allows the NDA volunteer to implement an educational program. Examples of past programs have been: an art group, individual computer lessons, resume building support, life skills, GED/homework assistance, and physical/outdoor activities.

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High Desert Museum
(59800 S. Highway 97 Bend, OR 97701)

The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982. Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future. Get a close-up of native wildlife, talk with historic characters who share the tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers, and visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Experience a close flying encounter with owls, falcons, hawks, and even a vulture. learn about Native American culture and history and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs that bring history and science to life.

The NDA member serves as an Educational Specialist and will develop curriculum and implement our Animal Adventures Program, a preschool literacy program that takes place twice a month at public libraries around Central Oregon. The member will be trained to provide hands-on, inquiry-based natural and cultural history education programming. Program participants will include Headstart, community outreach programs, and elementary school students at the Museum through school and kids camp programs. This position will include teaching our discovery classes such as Fired Up! and Desert Waters, where the majority of the students come from Title I schools. The educaitonal specialist will also build and maintin relationships with the school community by helping to register classes and campers for our programs. As part of this position, the education specialist will have training opportunities to learn how to handle birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Children's Forest of Central Oregon

(63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701)

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon introduces and engages children and families in Central Oregon to the wonder, science, and adventure of nature.  Our mission is to provide an outdoor network of places and programs dedicated to moving all children along a continuum of learning, exploration, and healthy living through engagement with nature.  The Children’s Forest has a unique model as a collaborative of 23 organizations and agencies that work together throughout Central Oregon.

The NDA member will serve as the NatureHoods Coordinator who will develop and implement opportunities for local students and families to engage with and learn about nature in their local parks. The position will develop a NatureHoods science curriculum to be delivered to K-5 students in their neighboring parks, coordinate student projects in partnership with local Park & Recreation districts, and deliver school and family nature education programs.  Student-created projects for NatureHoods may include installing pollinator gardens, installing bird houses/bat boxes, designing interpretive signs, or other stewardship projects.  The NatureHoods Coordinator will also recruit and coordinate volunteers who will assist with the NatureHoods program.  

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