REALTORS® in Action

Programs

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.

Volunteering

COAR participates in a variety of volunteering activities including:

  • Bend Beautification Project
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Days
  • Kid's Zone at the Deschutes County Fair

Donations

Applications for donations from COAR in 2021 will be considered one time this year in October. Click here to fill out the application, which is due September 30th. Those selected will be notified by October 11, 2021.

In 2020, COAR contributed to: Adult & Teen Challenge, Pacific Northwest-Central Oregon Campus, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend, Care & Share Community Outreach, CASA of Central Oregon, Central Oregon Hunger Prevention Coalition, Community Shower Truck Ministry, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Family Access Network, Family Kitchen, Friends of the Children Central Oregon, Healthy Beginnings, Heart of Oregon Corps, the High Desert Museum, Jefferson County Faith Based Network, La Pine Community Kitchen, Latino Community Association, Central and Eastern Oregon Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and SW Washington. Shepherd's House Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul Society Bend, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County, The Giving Plate and Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of The Cascades

 

REALTORS® for Kids

COAR dedicates a portion of membership dues to help children in our communities have access to needed school supplies, clothing, dental and vision services. School counselors and Family Access Network Advocates request funds for students in need.

Sponsorships

While many events did not take place this year, COAR was able to sponsor hybrid events and organizations that remained open including: the La Pine Rodeo, Madras Sparklers, Madras Fourth of July, Sisters Folk Festival, Economic Development of Central Oregon Pub Talks, Bend2050 Vision Project, Central Oregon Builders Association Builder’s Perspective Breakfast, Bend Chamber Impact Conference, Deschutes Library’s Author Author Events and the High Desert Museum.

REALTOR Party Grants

Through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 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.

Most recently, COAR utilized NAR's Placemaking Grant program to donate $5,500 toward the Central Oregon Trail Alliance's Madras East Hills Trails Project. This trail system is east of town, just across from Juniper Hills Park. It will be a multi-user trail network, accessible to walkers, runners, horse riders, mountain bikers and e-bike riders. COAR members are also volunteering on this project, click here for more information.

Oregon Home Foundation Grants

In 2020, the Home Foundation is focused on providing relief to those displaced by wildfires. If you or someone you know in Central Oregon has been displaced and is seeking assistance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Partnerships

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance-Welcome Boxes

In partnership with the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, COAR is proud to present Local Food Welcome Boxes for new homeowners! Each box features non-perishable products made by local food artisans. Inside includes a personalized welcome letter and a place to prominently display your business card. Proceeds benefit the non-profit, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance’s food access and farm support programs. Price: $80 (contents of box minimum retail value of $80). Delivery is FREE to COAR. Place orders by the 15th of the month for delivery on the 1st Monday of the following month. ORDER at: hdffa.org/store

Bend Chamber

In 2020, COAR contributed $70,000 to the Chamber's Boost Up Bend and Business Revilization program to help local businesses deal with the impacts of COVID-19. We also continued our partnership with the Chamber's Impact Conference.

Central Oregon Veterans Village

In 2020, COAR sponsored a cottage in the new village.

Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery

In the spring of 2020, Mountain Start Family Relief Nursery needed funds to finalize their mortgage on a new facility in Remond. COAR provided a donation that was matched by Deschutes County to close the deal.

NeighborImpact

COAR has worked with NeighborImpact on a variety of programs. In 2019, we helped fund their foreclosure prevention program and in 2020 we helped launch their Downpayment Assistance Program with a $5,000 grant for NAR and $15,000 from COAR.

Redmond Senior Center

COAR Redmond members have met weekly at the Senior Center for a long time. This past winter, we received news that the center was going to close without some emergency repairs. COAR was able to provide the funds to complete the repairs to continue operation.

Bethlehem Inn Capital Campaign 

Thank you to all our members that participated in the Bethlehem Inn’s capital campaign. COAR and COBA raised $760,000 in six months to complete our challenge. Congratulations to COBA for raising the most funds! We may have raised less but COAR had a higher rate of participation. If you are still interested in being involved the overall campaign has $2M left to raise. For more information on this campaign, please click here.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend

COAR participates in the National Association of REALTORS® partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs. In 2018, COAR collected food for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bend food bank and Thanksgiving turkeys for the BGCB's families. We are also a sponsor of their Flannel and Frost fundraiser.

The House that Real Estate Built

In 2016, COAR 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. 

Kôr Community Land Trust

In 2018, COAR was able to donate $10,000 to help Kor complete their plans for an affordable housing cottage development. In 2019, we plan on providing volunteers to help with the project.

Bend2030

In 2019, COAR is a partner for Bend 2050: A Revisioning Project.
In 2018, COAR sponsored MoveBend to help create a community conversation about the future of transportation options on Bend.
In partnership with Bend2030, COAR helped launched the Collaborative Housing Workgroup in 2016. The group is working toward solutions to help create more middle market housing opportunities in Bend. Strategies currently include development code changes, incentives and funding infrastructure. Click here for the final recommendations that will be presented to the Bend City Council in August 2017. This project was made possible with a Smartgrowth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. 

OSU Cascades

COAR believes that OSU Cascades is an integral part of the future for Central Oregon. In order to diversify our economy, provide job training and educational opportunities for our residents, COAR contributed $50,000 to the building of Tykeson Hall and $100,000 toward the University's next academic building which will focus on STEM programs. For more information, click here.

St. Charles Foundation

In 2019, COAR donated $25,000 to help the St. Charles Foundation meet a matching grant for their New Patient Tower. The Tower is three stories with a new 24 bed ICU, 28 inpatient beds, 300 parking spots and a second water line for expanded capacity.
In 2018, St. Charles completed the much needed La Pine Clinic. COAR contributed $25,000 toward their capital campaign.

 

Candidate Support

Running for local office? COAR does not endorse candidates but the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee can provide funds for candidates running for local office. 

 

For more information about any of these programs, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..