Oregon WinterFest proudly supports local charities
Since 2008, Oregon WinterFest has awarded more than $90,000 to local charities in support of the vital services they provide to the community we love.
Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon by being an Oregon Winterfest Volunteer today!!! Big Brothers Big Sisters provides over 100 volunteers to Oregon Winterfest. For every volunteer that supports the event, $50-100 will be donated to the organization. Last Year, Oregon Winterfest donated over $11,000 to the 2016 beneficiary.
Provides one-to-one mentoring for kids in need of supportive role models
Mission Statement: The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is “To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters offers effective mentoring programs that improve the lives of our community’s youth. These programs deeply engage communities through collaboration with families, mentors, community funders, schools and other partners.
We have a critical role in helping communities solve societal problems through investing in our young people. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving results in three outcome areas:
(1)Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
(2) Avoidance of risky behaviors
(3) Educational success
We offer a variety of programs to meet community and youth needs:
1) Community Based Mentoring: where adults and children are paired in one to one mentoring relationships and participate in a variety of activities out in the community on their own schedule. As a traditional Big Brother or Big Sister, you will meet with your Little Brother or Sister for 6-12 hours a month in the community.
2) School Based Mentoring: where children are matched with adults or high school students who meet with a child at a set time every week in their school to work on homework, visit the library, play outside or enjoy lunch together.
3) Specialty mentoring: These programs are continually evolving so check back often! We are currently offering a Latino Mentoring Project focusing on mentoring high school students in an effort to encourage and increase participation post-secondary opportunities, 8+9 program for kids in the critical transition of 8th to 9th grade, STRIVE for high school students enrolled at the alternative high school in Bend and Club Buddies that is a partnership with Boys & Girls Club. Mentoring is provided onsite at the Boys & Girls Club campus.