In April 2016, The “Shadows of Hope” Silhouettes was a shared project between SI Bend and Boy Scout Troop #25 of Bend, Oregon.
Jesse Fishkin, Boy Scout and student at Summit High School, became aware of Human Trafficking through a class at school. In partnership with Boy Scout Troop #25, donations of supplies from local businesses and our club, he has created an opportunity to raise awareness of Human Trafficking in the community while pursuing his Eagle Scout Badge.
Jesse and his troop placed silhouettes in eight places around Bend and one in Redmond.
Central Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (www.cooath.org)
Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) is the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force statewide campaign to encourage citizens to Take The Oath to help combat the growing scourge of human trafficking within the state of Oregon.
Soroptimist of Bend is currently involved in a joint endeavor with COOATH to increase awareness in the community of human trafficking risks and conduct 10 Train-the-Trainer workshops with various organizations in Central Oregon.
The purpose of Harmony4Women is to educate, nurture, support and inspire women and audiences in Central Oregon through a year-long community outreach, culminating in a crowd pleasing fundraising concert that benefits the partner organizations.
In 2016, SI Bend was proud to be selected for the third year in a row to partner with Harmony4Women and participate in the fundraising concert.
The following is a list of organizations Soroptimist International of Bend supports through volunteer time and donations of materials and funds.
Bethlehem Inn (www.bethleheminn.org)
A community-based facility providing comprehensive services and resources needed to create a dignified and positive respite for those experiencing homelessness.
Free the Girls (www.freethegirls.org)
Provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking by collecting gently used bras and donating them to women as starting inventory for their own business selling the bras.
Meadowlark Manor (www.meadowlarkmanor.org)
Dedicated, in a spirit of love and compassion, to empowering at-risk youth to achieve personal growth and independence by providing them opportunities to develop self-awareness, integrity and social responsibility, thereby enabling them to move into adulthood with the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible and contributing members of society, by means of an independent living program.
Changes lives by helping families access skills for success, family services, financial assistance, food, housing, heat and energy assistance.
The NeighborImpact Family Shelter, Nancy’s House, is located in Bend and provides temporary housing to homeless families with children.
NeighborImpact’s Head Start program helps families build skills and connect with resources to prepare children to be successful in school.
Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare (www.oregon.gov/DHS)
Responsible for administering child-protective programs which include Employment Related Day Care, child-abuse investigation and intervention, foster care and adoptions.
Saving Grace (www.saving-grace.org)
Provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services and promotes the value of living life free from violence.
Changing lives for the better is the very heart of the Women’s Resource Center’s services. Supporting individuals who are facing milestone changes in their life journey increases their personal and professional success. Through classes, workshops and counseling the Women's Resource Center offers tools that guide clients to recognize their core values, and to discover, or re-discover, how to live a life that has heart, meaning and passion for them.