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The House that Real Estate Built
In 2016, the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) is worked with the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on the House that Real Estate Built raising $75,000. On December 8th the home was dedicated to the Casner Family.
The Bend Livability Project
COAR along with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) sponsored the Bend Livability Project in June 2016. As Bend continues to grow at a dramatic rate, residents are feeling impacts on lifestyle, livability and affordability. The project's goals were to educate about the issues facing the community, empower citizens to be leaders and engage in public discourse about Bend's future. For more information, please click here.
Building a Better Central Oregon Awards
BBCO's main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials. COAR presents the awards annually in October. For more information, click here.
COAR participates in a variety of volunteering activities including:
- Bend Beautification Project
- Red Cross Blood Drives
- St. Vincent DePaul Turkey Drive
- Habitat for Humanity Build Days
- Kid's Zone at the Deschutes County Fair
Annually, COAR donates approximately $10,000 to nonprofits serving Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Harney Counties. Donation decisions are made one time a year in the late Fall. In 2015, contributions were made to: Redmond Golfers for Scholars, LaPine Community Kitchen, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, A Home to Share, Central Oregon Council on Aging, Action through Advocacy and Soroptimist of Bend. For an application, click here.
Realtors for Kids
COAR dedicates a portion of membership dues to help children in our communities have access to needed school supplies. School counselors and Family Access Network Advocates request funds for students in need.
Each year, COAR selects signature community events to support including the Bend Fireworks Display, LaPine Rodeo, Madras Sparklers, Redmond 4th of July, Crooked River Roundup and the Sisters Quilt Show.
Through the National Association of REALTORS®, COAR can apply for community based grants in the areas of housing opportunities, walkable neighborhoods, open space preservation, transportation choices, community and stakeholder collaboration, land use, placemaking and other Smart Growth principles. The grants are most often awarded for partnerships between the association, community groups and local government.