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CONTACT US Bend Headquarters AmeriCorps & Stewardship Programs 1291 NE 5th Street Buildings A & B Bend, OR 97701 Phone: (541) 633-7834

Sisters YouthBuild Program

68797 George Cyrus Road Sisters, OR 97759 (541) 526-1380

Madras Thrift Store Program 59 SE 5th Street Madras, OR 97741 (541) 475-7559

Prineville AmeriCorps & Summer Programs 495 NW Locust Street Prineville, OR 97754 (406) 261-0209

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Terry Schladenhauffen President Deevy Holcomb Vice President Amy Jaber Secretary Marcia Eldredge Treasurer

Leslie Barbour Zavier Borja Ian Clark Fiona Hellwarth Meg Helma James Miller

Gary North Luke Parazoo Thyreicia Simtustus Tyler Wampler Laura Handy Executive Director

EMPLOYER ADVISORY COUNCIL Aperion Management Group Better Together Cascade Heating East Cascades Works Fortis Construction Hayden Homes Kirby Nagelhout Construction Knife River Mid Oregon Credit Union Mike’s Fence Center

Mt. Bachelor Newport Avenue Landscaping Oregon Employment Department Pence Construction R&H Construction Skanska USA Building US Bank Warm Springs Indian Head Casino and Plateau Travel Plaza Webfoot Painting

Mailing Address

PO Box 279 Bend, OR 97709 info@heartoforegon.org

EMPOWERING LOCAL YOUTH TO SUCCEED Mission: to inspire and empower positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education, and stewardship. Vision: to improve economic and social vitality while increasing pathways out of poverty. Heart of Oregon is a Central Oregon non-profit engaging local opportunity youth, ages 16-24. We are powerfully engaging a generation of young people to believe in themselves and achieve self-sufficiency.

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A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER We are all very familiar with the trials of 2020. At Heart of Oregon Corps, we underwent program closures and delays, funding disruption, and a constantly changing landscape of rules and recommendations. We also dug in, reinforced partnerships, and flexed our innovation muscles. A few ways we pivoted and persevered this year: • YouthBuild converted to an all-online education platform within three weeks of closure last spring, and 32 young people achieved their GED/HS diplomas. • We created a 25-page COVID-19 Protocol with input from a risk-management consultant. This living document informs all operational safety procedures such as COVID-19 specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), physical distancing and transportation guidelines, daily health screens, and reduced crew sizes. • We formed a Review and Response team that meets regularly to keep up with regulations and recommendations. • HOC received Payroll Protection Program (PPP) federal funding, which enabled us to curtail interruptions to the wages and stipends our youth and staff rely on while programs were suspended. • When already-committed state funding was withdrawn, we launched an urgent fundraising appeal that raised more than $30,000 in a week to support our COYCC summer program. • In response to George Floyd’s murder, HOC formed staff-led and board-led dialogue circles and is preparing for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion organizational assessment. While we served fewer young people than in a typical year due to program closures, cancellations, and modified crew size after reopening, we have continued to make the health and well-being of our youth, staff, and community our top priority. HOC has not had any documented COVID-19 workplace spread and is working hard to keep it that way. We enter 2021 grateful to our youth, partners, and staff who have dedicated themselves to our mission, and we are determined to continue navigating this time in order to be here for Central Oregon young people for generations to come. In partnership,

Laura Handy, Executive Director

2020 AT A GLANCE 201 201201

1,7551,755 1,755

$521,000 $521,000 $521,000

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109 109109

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miles of miles trails miles of trails built of trails builtbuilt or maintained or maintained or maintained

Affordable Affordable Affordable homeshomes built homes in builtbuilt in in prineville prineville prineville and sisters and sisters and sisters 24%

youth youth in Post-Program youth in Post-Program in Post-Progra Placement Placement Placement schoolschool or work school or work or w 10%

from Jefferson

65% OUR YOUTH from




LOCATION Female: 29%


Male: 70%


Male: 70%

from Klamath


RACE/ETHNICITY Native American: 12%

Hispanic/ Latino 11%

Asian: 7%

Other: 6% White: 60%

RACE/ETHNICITY Native American: 12%

Hispanic/ Latino 11% Other: 6%

from Crook


non-Conforming: 1%

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from Klamath


from Jefferson from Deschutes


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from Crook

Black/ African American: 3% Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander: 1%

Female: 29%

Male: 70%

Gender non-Conforming: 1%

Asian: 7%

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Black/ African American: 3%

REVENUE $2.8M Hawaiian/

RACE/ETHNICITY Hispanic/ EXPENSESLatino $2.6M 11%

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RACE/ETHNICITY RACE/ETHNICITY American: Native Native American: 12% 12%

Hispanic/ Hispanic/ Latino Latino 11% 11%

Asian: Asian: 7% 7%

Other: Other: 6% 6%

Black/ Black/ YOUTH RISK African AfricanFACTORS American: American: 3% 3%

White: White: 60% 60%

Hawaiian/ Hawaiian/ Pacific Pacific Islander: Islander: 1% 1%

FINANCIALS REVENUE REVENUE $2.8M$2.8M Grants Grants (public(public & private): & private): 69% 69%

EXPENSES $2.6M$2.6M EXPENSES Admin:Admin: 15% 15%

Events/Events/ Contributions: Contributions: 4% 4% In-Kind:In-Kind: 3% 3% School School DistrictDistrict Agreements: Agreements: 4% 4%

Program: Program: 85% 85%

Fee-For-Service Fee-For-Service (earned(earned income): income): 20% 20%

USING DATA TO EMPOWER YOUTH Data Driven Impact, HOC’s three-year data initiative, is now in its third and final year. The initiative has three main phases: 1. Design a regionally aligned system blueprint; 2. Develop system infrastructure and train users; 3. Launch and sustain systems to improve service and demonstrate impact. As of October 1, 2020, HOC fully launched all organization-wide forms and metrics tracking. Q: So, why is this exciting? A: For the first time, there is a unifying set of metrics to track HOC’s impact as a whole. That means we are better able to show how we meet our mission, and where we can improve. Ultimately, this enables us to better serve our young people because we are able to report data and analyze it in ways we previously couldn’t, like to increase equity in the organization. Q: Will youth notice any changes? A: One immediate result we are excited to share with our young people is the creation of an internal set of certificates that youth can earn during their time in program upon completion of tasks related to leadership, post-secondary education, and careers or hours spent on a job site. When youth hit a milestone, they earn a certificate and are celebrated by staff and their peers. These achievements can also be shared with future employers, creating an additional tool for success as our young people exit our programs. 2020 Annual Report • 5

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TermTerm Pay Pay Education Education Provided Provided

12 months 12 months 5 days/week 5 days/week

$300/week $300/week 

$130-$180/week $130-$180/week

8 hrs/day 8 hrs/day Part Time Part Time $12.00/hour $12.00/hour ($12.75($12.75 in July)in July)

CollegeCollege exploration exploration & & Earn diploma, Earn diploma, credit credit natural resources natural resources N/A, fitsN/A, wellfits with well outside with outside recovery, recovery, GED, college GED, college prep prep certificates certificates education education optionsoptions

17-24 17-24

16-24 16-24

16-24 16-24

$1,600 $1,600 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps Education Education Award Award

$1,600 $1,600 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps Education Education Award Award

$300+ OYC $300+ Scholarship OYC Scholarship if eligible if eligible

Age Age Scholarships Scholarships

3 months 3 months 5 days/week 5 days/week


Description Description

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When When to to Apply? Apply?

Applications Applications due May due May 1 1 Applications Applications due May due May 1 1 Reopening Reopening 2021! 2021! Crescent, Crescent, Bend,Bend, Redmond, Redmond, Sisters, Sisters, Prineville, Prineville, Madras Madras & & Warm Warm Springs Springs

Location Location Term Term

1 week 1 week 4 days/week 4 days/week x 8 weeks x 8 weeks overnight camp camp JuneJune 28 -Aug 28 -Aug 19, 2021 19, 2021 overnight

PayPay Education Education Provided Provided

Madras Madras OneOne trimester trimester minimum minimum

$12.75/hour $12.75/hour

$12.75 $12.75 x 21 xhrs 21 hrs

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16-18 16-18

16-22 16-22

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AMERICORPS: ABOUT THE PROGRAM The HOC AmeriCorps program recruits local youth to serve on local public lands. If you are interested in connecting with your community and the natural world while gaining valuable job skills, certifications, and professional development to achieve future success, AmeriCorps is for you!

OUR YOUTH: JUAN CARLOS After a rough start with Heart of Oregon Corps last year, Juan Carlos has re-enrolled and now has very strong attendance, great relationships with crew leaders, and is growing as a corpsmember every day. He shows responsibility by doing his part and he keeps trying. He is always willing to help others out when needed, uplifting the group he works with and bringing them together. “I am just so glad that I completed my term. I’ve now done AmeriCorps and Stewardship and am very proud of myself for all the hard work I’ve done.” Equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Esta aplicacion esta disponible en Español si lo desea. If other languages are desired, please contact HOC for assistance at 541-633-7834 or TTY#711

STEWARDSHIP: ABOUT THE PROGRAM Stewardship members work on a variety of year-round projects including fire fuel reduction, Fire Free Week, waste management, and landscaping. Join Stewardship any time of the year and start earning a wage today while gaining valuable job skills and soft skills.

DID YOU KNOW? Stewardship Crews can be hired to complete a variety of jobs for households and businesses alike. 2020 Annual Report • 9



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YOUTHBUILD: ABOUT THE PROGRAM Transform your life and role in society by earning your GED, high school diploma, or college credits; learning job skills; and serving your community through building affordable housing. As a member, you’ll divide your time among classroom, construction sites, and leadership development alongside your cohort—aka, your new best friends.

OUR YOUTH: AUSTIN Austin recently completed HOC’s YouthBuild program, earning his second AmeriCorps education award, and is currently employed in retail. While at HOCYB, Austin earned his NCCER certificate in construction, OSHA 10 certificate, and completed his high school diploma during this challenging year. Austin lives out HOC’s community values and his willingness to help out his peers is inspiring.

“Heart of Oregon Corps has helped change my life in that it inspires me and continues to make me a better person.” Heart of Oregon Corps is an equal opportunity employer; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/ status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. YouthBuild is partially funded by a grant awarded under the YouthBuild Grant Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration.

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MADRAS THRIFT STORE: ABOUT THE PROGRAM If you’re a Jefferson County student living with a disability and you would like to gain retail and customer service skills along with countless other workplace soft skills, there’s a place for you at the Thrift Store in Madras. As a participant, you may earn credit in your Youth Transition Program for your time at our store and earn Goal Engagement Incentive bonuses along the way based on your individual progress. The skills you’ll learn will prepare you for future employment opportunities, and you’ll have fun at the same time.* The Thrift Store recruits directly from school districts in Jefferson County and serves youth from Madras High, Culver High, Transition Center, Bridges, and Roots. Youth must be an enrolled student and/or in the Youth Transition Program. *The Thrift Store is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2021. Please check our web site or call (541) 633-6874 for updates. The Thrift Store accepts donations at 59 SE 5th Street in Madras. Please call (541) 475-7559 for details.

OUR YOUTH: DELLA If anyone knows HOC programs, it’s Della— she has participated in 5 of our 6 programs: the Thrift Store, Camp LEAD, AmeriCorps, Stewardship, and COYCC! After progressing through multiple terms and achieving various scholarships, Della has achieved her dream of going to college at COCC. Now Della combines Stewardship with her COCC class schedule as she continues to pursue her goals. Della has a smile that will light up a room, is friendly to everyone, especially new corpsmembers, and is always positive and consistent. Fellow corpsmembers and staff agree that “her actions, accomplishments, and dedication to working through different HOC opportunities have made a difference in others’ lives, and encouraged them to keep doing good work and getting things done.”

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COYCC: ABOUT THE PROGRAM CENTRAL OREGON YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS Calling Central Oregon teens, we have summer jobs for you! Do you love being in the outdoors? Or, perhaps it’s a place you haven’t yet explored? Either way, COYCC is an awesome opportunity for you this summer. You’ll work for eight weeks, Monday-Thursday (hello three-day weekends!!). You’ll earn over $3,000 in wages, make great new friends, work alongside US Forest Service specialists learning hands-on skills, and get to see incredible places in the National Forests. Plus, you can earn a school-to-work high school credit and add work experience to your resume.

OUR YOUTH: KATIE Katie, from La Pine, worked the 2019 and 2020 COYCC summer seasons with the Crescent Ranger District. The crews working in this district work in beautiful landscapes and have some of the best work assignments out of the COYCC crews. They also have the hardest work and hike the longest distances. Katie has demonstrated amazing resilience in her hard work and shown up for her crew not just physically but also as a friend and a leader. Bill Kujawa, who works for the Crescent Ranger District, reports: “Katie is an excellent communicator on paper, in person, on the computer, and over the FS radio. She sounded like a 15-year veteran Wilderness Ranger when she called in and out on the Forest Service radio—incredible job!”

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CAMP LEAD: ABOUT THE PROGRAM LEADERSHIP/EMPOWERMENT/ADVOCACY/DEVELOPMENT Camp LEAD is a week-long program for young people who experience disabilities. Campers come out of LEAD with new friends, heightened self-confidence, and real-world skills that translate to future successes. Participants do natural resource work during the day, cook camp meals together, and join in campfire activities in the evenings. Work alongside fellow campers as you make friends, build relationships, and push your limits. All camping gear is provided.

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2020 DONORS AND SUPPORTERS = Youth Crew Project Sponsor AmazonSmile Anonymous Donors Aperion Management Group AT&T Foundation Autzen Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation BendBroadband Bend La Pine School District Bend Radio Group BendNext Bend Park & Recreation District Bend Teardrop Bessemer National Gift Fund Branch Brothers Construction Brooks Resources Corporation Bureau of Land Management Cascade Heritage Foundation Central Oregon Association of Realtors Central Oregon Media Group Chevron Matching Employee Funds City of Madras City of Sisters Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Costco Wholesale Corporation Crevier Family Foundation Culver School District Deschutes Children’s Foundation Deschutes County Discover Your Forest East Cascade Works Eddie Williamson Family Foundation Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration Facebook

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= Donor to 20th Campaign Firespring Foundation First Interstate Foundation Ford Family Foundation Fortis Construction Gordon Elwood Foundation Growler Guys Harvest Foundation Herbert A. Templeton Foundation Housing Works IBEW Local 280 Individual Donors of 2020 Jefferson County School District Jobs Plus-DHS Kirby Nagelhout Construction Kroger - Fred Meyer Rewards Les Schwab Tires Margaret Muirhead Foundation Maybelle Clarke MacDonald Fund MDU Resources Foundation Mid Oregon Credit Union Mike’s Fence Center M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust OnPoint Community Credit Union Opportunity Foundation Oregon Community Foundation – COVID Relief Fund, Benedict Family Fund, Esta Rose Fund, Latino Partnership Program Oregon GED Wraparound Services Oregon Hunters Association – Ochoco Chapter Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon Volunteers – AmeriCorps Oregon Youth Corps and River Stewards Pamplin Media

HEART OF OREGON THANKS YOU! Panchura Quas Family Foundation PGE Foundation Ranch of the Canyons Reser Family Foundation R&H Construction Rotary Club of Greater Bend Roundhouse Foundation Schmidt Charitable Foundation Sisters Habitat for Humanity Sisters Kiwanis Foundation Sisters School District St. Charles Foundation Sunrise Construction of Oregon Tetherow Resort Thomas Family Trust Thrift Store Customers Trout Unlimited United States CARES Act Payroll Protection Program United Way of Central Oregon US Bancorp Foundation US Forest Service – Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland Webfoot Painting Wells Fargo Woodhill Homes YouthBuild USA – AmeriCorps, Mentoring, and Innovation Initiatives

AFFILIATIONS 21st Century Conservations Service Corps Bend Chamber of Commerce Better Together Central Oregon Builders Association Children’s Forest of Central Oregon The Corps Network Crook County Chamber of Commerce Homeless Leadership Coalition Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Madras Downtown Association Nonprofit Association of Oregon Redmond Chamber of Commerce YouthBuild USA

Gifts are included October 1, 2019-January 31, 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If you find an error, please email rebekah.altman@heartoforegon.org.

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