Adopt-a-Bear celebrates 12 years at Mid Oregon Credit Union

Mid Oregon Credit Union is happy to announce their 12th year in support of Healthy Beginnings Adopt-a-Bear campaign. In 2004, Mid Oregon’s 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. Mid Oregon Credit Union staff and members “adopt” bears with their donations to Healthy Beginnings and 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.

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 best practice, providing consistent, reliable, valid, evidence-based screening for young children – but there is no state funding. For the past 21 years, Healthy Beginnings has relied 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.

Mid Oregon Credit Union is a full-service, member-owned, financial cooperative that has served Central Oregonians since 1957. With nearly 25,000 members in Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler, Lake, and North Klamath Counties, Mid Oregon Credit Union is helping meet member needs and achieve financial dreams. For more information about Mid Oregon Credit Union, their services and branch locations in Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, and La Pine please visit their website at www.midoregon.com.

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