One of the great things about Bandon is how the residents take care of each other and the greater community. There are a number of civic and service organizations in Bandon doing great things for the community.
Bandon Lions Club
Chartered in 1951, the Bandon Lions Club has been organizing fundraisers and fun activities that benefit the community. Their main focus is the vision needs of Bandon’s residents, particularly its youth. Yearly, the check the vision needs of all students in the Bandon School District and private schools. They also pay for eyeglasses for youth in financial need. They are responsible for putting together part of the Annual 4th of July Celebration, providing face painting, a bouncy house, live music and more. They also organize the Cranberry Run, a fun run and walk during the Annual Cranberry Festival. The Bandon Lions Club is also responsible for the annual Easter Egg hunt, December candy sale, annual toy drive, pancake breakfast and silent auction, and much more. For more information, visit their website at http://bandonlions.org/
Bandon Rotary Club
The Rotary Club’s main objective is community service, especially for local youth. Their projects in Bandon have included contributions for dental treatments, shoes, books, vaccinations, scholarships for continuing education, and dictionaries for the elementary school’s 3rd graders. Everyone looks forward to one of the Rotary Club’s key fundraisers, the Wine & Cheese Extravaganza. For more information, visit their website at http://www.bandonrotary.org/.
The Kiwanas Foundation is an international service club focused on providing scholarships, awards, and student financial aid to local youth. Its mission is to strengthen communities and serve children. For more information on the Kiwanas Foundation, visit their website at http://www.kiwanis.org/. For more information about the Bandon Kiwanas or to make a donation, contact:
Bandon-by-the-Sea Kiwanas Foundation
c/o Rheta Thompson
PO Box 1763
Bandon, OR 97411
Bandon Community Youth Center
The Bandon Community Youth Center exists to help Bandon’s youth make healthy choices and life decisions through providing skills and opportunities in recreation, prevention and education. It provides a drug- and alcohol-free place and programs for all youth in Bandon, including after school homework help, fun and educational programs and workshops, and summer programs and camps. Their annual fundraiser, The Bite of Bandon, is a source of good food and good fun. The Youth Center is open from 3:30-6 Monday through Thursday and 3:30-7 on Fridays. The Bandon Community Youth Center is located at 101 11th St. SW. For more information, call 541-347-8336 or visit their website.