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Celebrating 12 Years of Adopt-a-Bear!

Adopt-a-Bear at Mid Oregon

Mid Oregon Credit Union is happy to announce our 12th year in support of Healthy Beginnings Adopt-a-Bear campaign. In 2004, our CEO, Bill Anderson, and Healthy Beginnings Executive Director, Holly Remer provided a perfect solution to a fundraising dilemma with a creative campaign called “Adopt-a-Bear”. The colorful “teddy bear” became the vehicle to expand community awareness and provide needed revenue.

Our staff and members “adopt” bears with their donations to Healthy Beginnings. The die-cut  bears become the “wallpaper” at all their branches in Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, and La Pine during the weeks of April 4 through 22, 2016. The campaign efforts have raised $19,644 to date.

Adopt-a-Bear for Healthy Beginnings!

Healthy Beginnings provides no cost health and developmental screenings to preschool children in our communities ensuring they are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. The state has identified universal community screenings as a best practice. They provide consistent, reliable, valid, evidence based screening for young children – but there is no state funding. For the past 21 years, Healthy Beginnings relies on community donations to keep their screenings free for all families who utilize their services. Healthy Beginnings serves over 700 children and families each year in Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Sisters and Sunriver.

Community residents may make a donation to Healthy Beginnings at any Mid Oregon Credit Union location, or you can call 541-382-1795. For information about child screenings to go www.MyHB.org.

Help Children and Yourself

If you can’t make it in during the week, on Saturday April 16 we have a special opportunity! We offer free personal shredding to the community at four of our branch locations. After you drop off your documents, you can watch them being shred and make a donation to Healthy Beginnings at the same time! We will be at our Olney & 2nd Street location in Bend, and at our Madras, Redmond and Prineville branches for your convenience. Our partner Secure Shred will there to do the document dirty work. Stay tuned for more details.

We have lots of opportunities to help. Please consider a donation at one of our nearby locations starting Monday, April 4.