Central Oregon celebrates Freedom Day!
The Fathers Group was founded by several black fathers who were concerned about the experiences their children were having both in school and in the broader community. They met initially to share thoughts, concerns and advice, yet soon realized they needed to take more concrete action to secure our next generation’s future. The Father’s Group is Black-led, but it embraces collaboration and cross-cultural influences, operating not just a group, but also as dedicated individuals who are doing great work in the community in education, business and social services.
Areas of work
Our focus is on youth learning and engagement.
Our focus is on business development and vocations.
Our focus is on new high-level initiatives that build and strengthen community.
As a result of our ability to learn, work and create, we are confident in our ability to grow.
A trusted resource to bring the Bend community together.
“The Bend Police Department has collaborated with the Father’s Group on several projects in the last year, including a community resource forum, a holiday giving campaign, and as an advisor to our Community Outreach Program. We consider them to be a trusted resource as we share the values of building a unified and safe community. We look forward to planning future opportunities to bring the Bend community together.”
Michael Krantz, Bend Chief of Police
They understand the extensive work that needs to be done ...
“I am incredibly excited by The Father’s Group and it fills a real need! They understand the extensive work that needs to be done in our community and are committed to operating in a collaborative way that brings us together as a more welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and raise a family.”
Bruce Abernethy, former Bend Mayor
Now is the time for action and change.
“Now is the time for action and change. Many in our community have been left behind, don’t have a voice, and are unrepresented in decision making processes. The Father’s Group is working hard to change these injustices by creating meaningful collaborations between institutions and the broader community. We know we must address and respond to racial and social injustices, safety and trust issues, and lower barriers in our systems so meaningful change can occur. The Father’s Group is bridging these gaps and providing key and needed leadership in our community to address these critical issues.”
Eric King, Bend City Manager
Education is the great equalizer in our society.
“I believe education is the great equalizer in our society. As a native Spanish speaking student during my K-22 experience, many mentors, elders, and members in my community shared their wisdom and knowledge in guiding me to who I am today. It is my turn to return the favor! I completely support The Father’s Group and see them playing a similar role.”
Juan Cuadros, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Bend-La Pine Schools
A Special Thanks to Our Partners and Supporters!
A Big Thank You to the following organizations, businesses and individuals who have provided and/or are providing funding, in-kind services and volunteer time to The Father’s Group!