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 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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…

Number of government board seats located in Deschutes County

Number of government board seats located in Deschutes County

Number of nonprofit board seats located in Deschutes County

Number of nonprofit board seats located in Deschutes County

Average number of hours that volunteers donate per year, on average

Average number of hours that volunteers donate per year, on average

Percent of Millennials who rarely or never volunteer who still consider a company’s commitment to the community when making a decision on a potential job

Percent of Millennials who rarely or never volunteer who still consider a company’s commitment to the community when making a decision on a potential job

WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED

You are needed!   Whether it’s for a one-time work project, or an ongoing role with a nonprofit or public agency, the needs are great and the impact is essential.

You are needed!

Whether it’s for a one-time work project, or an ongoing role with a nonprofit or public agency, the needs are great and the impact is essential.

Improve Your Health  Volunteerism strengthens the body, improves mood, and lessens stress in participants.    (Source)

Improve Your Health

Volunteerism strengthens the body, improves mood, and lessens stress in participants.

(Source)

Gain Employment  Those who volunteer regularly have a  27% better chance  of gaining employment.

Gain Employment

Those who volunteer regularly have a 27% better chance of gaining employment.

Grow Leadership Skills   92% of human resource executives  agree that contributing to a nonprofit can improve an employees leadership skills.

Grow Leadership Skills

92% of human resource executives agree that contributing to a nonprofit can improve an employees leadership skills.

 

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.

 
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“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

-Winston Churchill