Many residents of Central Oregon and beyond are increasingly frustrated with their inability to reach decision makers, find the resources needed to address issues and impact their community’s future. From land use decisions to social services, we hear frustration online and at civic meetings. This forum will explore what it takes to move from being upset about an issue to being a part of solutions. We will hear from three panelists on the following:

What inspired them to become involved

The steps they took

Who helped them along the way

What ways do they feel successful and what is next

We will conclude with a discussion of just how many ways there is to begin to engage with your community.


Zavier Borja, Vámonos Outside and Bend Parks and Recreation Board Member, City of Bend Community Engagement Manager

Dawn Holland, Founder and Executive Director of DAWNS House

Jasmine Wilder, Managing Director at Honeybeast Digital, Chair of the City of Bend Human Rights and Equity Commission, Everychild Central Oregon Board Member, and the Kor Community Land Trust Board Member.

Moderator: Zak Boone, Chief Advancement Officer & Foundation Executive Director-Central Oregon Community College