Bend Young Professionals deeply believes in the importance of being actively involved in the community.
For decades, invested and engaged people have taken the charge to ensure that Central Oregon developed and grew into an amazing place to live, work, and play. As the next generation of leaders, it is our responsibility to actively participate in efforts to preserve all of the things that make this place so wonderful and to work to improve the areas that need additional focus.
Bend YP strongly encourages all young professionals to take an active role in the community and to get involved in ways that are meaningful to them!
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE…
WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED
HOW TO GET STARTED
Focus on your passions in identifying your volunteer focus
Define what skills you bring to the table – and those you want to acquire
Consider your time commitment. Are you looking for short term community volunteer projects (like work parties, food collection, house building), or an ongoing role for a year+ commitment on a committee or a board?
Check out the websites of entities where you’d like to volunteer. They often have plenty of information about their work, and ways that individuals can get involved.
Reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at a location where you wish to learn more about volunteer opportunities. People in these roles love to answer your questions and find ways to contribute that work for you. If an organization does not have a Volunteer Coordinator, an Executive Director can get you connected with the right person.
Once you’ve made a commitment - be accountable! Participate, prepare and learn.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO LEARN ABOUT LOCAL NONPROFITS VISIT:
Volunteer Central Oregon has a database of volunteer opportunities, and host an annual Board Fair.
The Bend Bulletin’s Volunteer Search page
Attend one of The Nonprofit Association of Oregon monthly workshops on issues facing nonprofits to meet nonprofit leaders
Deschutes Public Library has an array of outreach programs to build community. They also hosts a Volunteer Expo each year, typically in January. Keep an eye on their calendar!
Community Conversations holds quarterly conversation events on community issues, with a focus on listening for understanding, diversity and inclusion, and communicating across our divides
City Club of Bend meets monthly for lunch-time forums on issues facing out community
The City of Bend keeps information about their citizen committees, and how to apply, on their website.
Questions? Looking for a specific introduction?
Let’s see if we can help!
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”