Semi-finalists Selected for COIS 2016

Leadership Bend Class of 2016, a program of the Bend Chamber, is pleased to announce the nonprofit organizations accepted to participate in the second annual Central Oregon Impact Summit.

The semi-finalists include:

Sunriver STARS Community Theater

Sunriver STARS Community Theater (SSCT) was the brainchild and passion of founder Victoria Kristy-Zalewski in 2011, who moved to Sunriver from Tacoma where she was a teacher/actress for many years. Her vision was to see a community based musical and dramatic arts theater started in Sunriver.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) motivates students to own their economic success through hands-on programs that promote skills and knowledge in three critical areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Two main program types are offered: JA In-Class Programs and JA Finance Park.

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

The mission of High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon by increasing access to fresh healthy food, supporting sustainable farmland use and fostering relationships among farmers and consumers.

Deschutes Children’s Foundation

In 1990, community leaders determined a need in Deschutes County for a centralized location for children and families to receive basic services. Deschutes Children’s Foundation (DCF) at the Rosie Bareis Community Campus is the result. Twenty-five years later, Deschutes Children’s Foundation has expanded to encompass four community campuses in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. DCF provides the critical infrastructure where 26 nonprofit partners serve over 20,000 children and families each year.

Latino Community Association

The Latino Community Association is training a skilled, bilingual workforce to meet the needs of our Central Oregon economy through English and computer instruction, resume help, job connections and career coaching.

D.A.W.N.S House

The mission at Dawns House is to create a hands-on, nurturing, structured environment for women directly out of treatment, prison or by referral. Dawns House empowers and leads the women by helping them to help themselves. The nonprofit guides each woman to successfully re-enter society and thrive in mainstream living, providing the tools and resources preparing each woman to face a new dawn on her journey.

La Pine Community Kitchen

La Pine Community Kitchen helps meet the needs of those experiencing hunger and lack of resources in our community by providing free nutritious hot meals, emergency food boxes, fresh produce and clothing.

Waldorf School of Bend

The Waldorf School of Bend (WSB) serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, rich in the arts and humanities. Our community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. Our shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. These values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

We work to create an inclusive community that fosters the virtue of each individual, so that each may find his or her way to contribute to the community as a whole. Support from our parents, alumni, friends and greater community is vital to the health and success of our school.

A profound understanding of child development is the cornerstone of teaching and learning at the Waldorf School of Bend. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, relevant and timely to ensure that our students are equipped to fully participate in the possibilities and challenges of our ever-changing world. We uphold excellence in education by creating meaningful teacher-student relationships, and joyful, artistic teaching that supports learning through inspiration, imagination and intuition.

Healthy Beginnings


On May 10th, five of these nonprofits will take the stage and show off the culmination of how they have become well-equipped to better position themselves as organizations during a Pitch Night at The Riverhouse Convention Center. Congratulations to these fine organizations!