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4/1/2018 - SI Bend Press Release - Bras From Bend

Posted by [email protected] on April 1, 2018 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

7th ANNUAL “BRAS FROM BEND” TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING


SPONSORED BY SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BEND (SI BEND)


Bend, OR, March 2018: Starting April 1, 2018, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend) will be placing their collection Bra Boxes around town at participating retail businesses to help bring awareness to the fight against international human trafficking. These garments will help create a pathway to a better life for a woman rescued from the sex slave trade in Africa and Latin America. SI Bend partners with Free the Girls (www. FreeTheGirls.org), a non-profit organization, to send the collected bras to these locations.


SI Bend’s outreach program “Bras from Bend” is a testament to the Soroptimist mission Best for Women. The “Bras” project is made of women in Central Oregon helping other women half way around the world. The simple act of a donation of a gently used (or new) bra will help a woman become an entrepreneur who sells these garments thus empowering her to create a better life for herself and family. Thanks to the generosity of the community, last year’s drive collected 1473 bras!


Bras may seem an ordinary item for women of Central Oregon. To women of sub-Sahara Africa and in some countries of Latin America, they are a luxury item, which improve lives socially and economically.


“Bras from Bend” runs annually only during the month of April. Bra Boxes are at the following locations in Bend. For more information, visit www.sibend.org.

Bella Studio 2150 NE Studio Road

The Cutting Club, 1335 NW Galveston

Deschutes Children’s Foundation – East Bend Campus, 2125 NE Daggett Lane

The Little Hair Shoppe, 2669 NE Twin Knolls Drive

Prosthetics by Lynda, 345 NE Norton

QuiltWorks, 926 NE Greenwood

Snap Fitness, 2753 NW Lolo



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[Service never goes out of style. Since 1943, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend), has been providing 70 plus years of community support serving women and girls of Central Oregon. SI Bend is the longest, continuously running women’s service organization in Bend, Oregon, offering educational awards to local students, plus, supporting Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Saving Grace, and more. Internationally, SI Bend’s outreach programs “Bras for a Cause” assists’ women rescued from human trafficking especially from the sex slave trade in Africa through the campaign “Free the Girls.” For more information, please contact www.sibend.org.]

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2/1/18 - SI Bend Press Release - Community Baby Shower

Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

13th ANNUAL COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER FOR BABIES OF BEND

BEGINS FEBRUARY 1 to MARCH 31, 2018

SPONSORED BY SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BEND, OR (SI BEND)


Bend, OR, January 2018: Working to keep Central Oregon babies warm and clothed, Soroptimist International of Bend is calling on our community for donations of clothing and essential baby and toddler items. For the 13th year, making the babies warm and cuddly happens because of the generous community donations dropped into the SI Bend Community Baby Shower Baskets located, at businesses, around town, and by the various handcrafted items created by residents of area residential communities.


The 2018 SI Bend Community Baby Shower begins February 1 and runs through March 31, 2018. SI Bend is in partnership with the Deschutes County Department of Human Services who distributes the items to local families in need of clothing and basic baby care supplies. Last year’s collection was so significant that the Department of Human Services was able to share with other offices in the Tri-County area. This is truly spreading the warmth of the community to those who need it.


SI Bend is pleased to have the cooperation of local businesses which place a baby collection basket in their retail space for the general public to drop off donated items such as new or gently used baby clothing, diapers, unwrapped clothing, blankets, hygiene items, bottles and pacifiers. These baskets cannot accept large items such as a used car seat.


Business locations of the Baby Baskets are:

BJ's Quilt - 20225 Badger Rd, Bend 97702

Hopscotch Kids - 1303 NW Galveston, Bend 97701

Newport Market - 1121 NW Newport Ave, Bend, 97701 (Feb. only)

QuiltWorks - 926 NE Greenwood, Bend, 97701

Lovejoy's Market - 19530 Amber Meadow Dr, Bend, 97702  

Jake's Diner - 2210 US 20 Bend, OR 97701

Bella Studio Salon - 2150 NE. Studio Road #6, Bend, OR, 97703

Central Oregon Locavore - 1841 NE 3rd St., Bend, OR 97701


SI Bend is very grateful for the beautifully handcrafted items donated by residents of local residential homes. Handmade items include knitted blankets, booties, hats and sweaters to baby sized quilts and more. Participating area residences include: Aspen Ridge, Prestige High Desert, Stone Lodge, Touchmark and Whispering Winds.


For details, please contact the Soroptimist member co-chairs Arlene Hendrix at 541-617-0079 and/or Shari Anderson at 541-678-5779


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[Service never goes out of style. Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend), has been providing community support serving women and girls of Central Oregon since 1943. SI Bend is the longest, continuously running women’s service organization in Bend, offering educational awards to local students, plus, supporting Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Grandma’s House, Kids Center and more. Internationally, SI Bend’s outreach programs “Bras from Bend” assists women rescued from human trafficking especially from the sex slave trade through the campaign “Free the Girls.” For more information, please contact www.sibend.org.]

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted by [email protected] on January 2, 2018 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

October 2017- SI Bend Press Release - Discover Soroptimist

Posted by [email protected] on October 20, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

DISCOVER SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BEND,

A SERVICE ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS


October presents an opportunity to discover Soroptimist and the assistance it gives to a number of non-profit organizations in our community. If you would like to be part of a women's service organization that works with its hands and heart to improve the lives of women and children, come join us from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm, October 26 at the Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend.


Enjoy a complimentary lunch while listening to representatives from Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Family Access Network (FAN) and Grandma’s House. These are just four of the non-profits that Soroptimist International of Bend includes in our annual budget. Additionally, SI Bend emphasizes helping financially needy women in achieving their education through the annual "Live Your Dream" award. Applications are being taken now at www.sibend.org.


This year marks the beginning of SI Bend's 75th year of working to make the lives of women and their families in our community healthier and more financially stable. If you are interested in making a positive impact as a volunteer, please come meet us on October 26. Join us as women helping other women and girls be stronger, more educated and economically empowered.


### [Since 1943, Soroptimist International of Bend (SI Bend), has been providing 70 plus years of community support serving women and girls of Central Oregon. SI Bend is the longest, continuously running women’s service organization in Bend, OR, offering educational awards to local students, plus, supporting Bethlehem Inn, Head Start, Kids Center, Meals on Wheels, Grandma’s House, and more. Internationally, SI Bend’s outreach programs “Bras from Bend” assists’ women rescued from human trafficking especially from the sex slave trade through the campaign “Free the Girls.” For more information, please contact www.sibend.org.]

SI Bend Announces 2017-2018 Officers

Posted by [email protected] on September 15, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As we kick off the new term, SI Bend celebrates 74 years of helping women and children in Central Oregon! We are pleased to introduce the following:


2017-2018 Officers

Co-Presidents - Judy McLeary and Margaret Wyman

Vice President - Jan Swander

Recording Secretary - June Brown

Treasurer - Annie Barlow

Communication Coordinator - Kim Moller

Directors - Kris Jennings, Elizabeth Hughes Weide

Past Pesident - Annie Barlow


SI Bend 2016 Live Your Dreams Awards Dinner

Posted by [email protected] on April 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President of Central Oregon Community College was our keynote speaker at the annual Live Your Dream Awards Banquet. Three COCC students each received a $2000 award. Aleshia Detweiler, Becky Pomeroy and Ana Torres are on their way to becoming a nutritional therapeutic practitioner, a police officer and an elementary teacher, respectively. SI of Bend is very pleased that Ms. Detweiler is also one of the NWRSIA award winners, receiving an additional $3000.

Stop Human Trafficking Program Attended by Community

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)


SI Bend President, Terri Swendsen, introduces the January 2016 program on Human Trafficking. SI Bend showed a video titled, "What is Human Trafficking and Why Should We Care" to a gathering of Central Oregon community members, high school students and SI Bend members.

Our 2nd Successful Year with Harmony4Women

Posted by [email protected] on January 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For the second year in a row, SI Bend partnered with Harmony4Women in a successful fundraising concert. SI Bend (represented by President,  Terri Swendsen, 2nd from right) and four other Bend area organizations received contributions from Harmony4Women.

Candlelight Vigil to Stop Human Trafficking

Posted by [email protected] on January 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Soroptimist International of Bend held a candlelight vigil to draw attention to the plague of human trafficking on Monday, January 11, 2016, the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.

SI Bend Delivers Centerpieces to Family Kitchen and Meals and Wheels

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A big 'thanks' to the SI Bend members who got together to create Christmas centerpieces for those in need. Family Kitchen was delighted with the 17 centerpieces we gave them to place on their tables. Meals and Wheels was very appreciative of 28 centerpieces we provided them to take to patrons in our community along with their meals.

 

Thank you to all of those who participated: Margaret Wyman, Margaret Thompson, Eloise Whitelaw, Kris Jennings, June Brown, Susie Fagen-Wirges,Marty Smolenski and Annie Barlow. It was a most enjoyable and creative time together. We will do it again next year, too and invite all to join us.

 



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