Community briefing for Jan. 12, 2014

Families get help filling out FAFSA

Redmond High School will host a free event Saturday designed to help college-bound students and their families navigate the process of applying for federal student financial aid.

The event is part of College Goal Oregon, a program that hosts such events across the state annually in an effort to help students and families apply for financial aid. This will be the only College Goal Oregon event held in Central Oregon this year.

Attendees will receive help filling out Free Application for Federal Student Aid applications (FAFSA). They are asked to bring a recent, completed federal tax return, a current value of assets, social security numbers for both the student and parents, driver’s license and, for those who are not U.S. citizens, an alien registration card.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redmond High School, 675 S.W. Rimrock Drive. Registration is not required.

For more information, visit: http://college goaloregon.gov or call Jacki Dahl at 541-923-3440.

Learn about Habitat homes

Residents of southern Deschutes County can attend an informal meeting to learn about applying for a Newberry Habitat for Humanity home. The meeting will take place 7-8 p.m. Jan. 23. It will include talks from current homeowners about the experience as well as Habitat staff.

Those who qualify can receive low mortgage payments, interest-free loans and can earn a down payment through sweat equity.

The meeting will take place at the John C. Johnson Building in La Pine, across from the La Pine Public Library (16425 1st St).

Child care and refreshments are available and free. RSVP to ed@newberryhabitat.org or call 541-593-5005.

Contact: Dwane Krumme, 541-593-5005.

Midwinter food, clothing drive set

Jake’s Diner is hosting a midwinter drive to gather food and clothing for the homeless. Midwinter is the time that people most need help with food, clothing and other essentials, according to diner owner Lyle Hick, whose east Bend establishment has collected coats, blankets, sleeping bags and food for the homeless since 1995.

Articles for donation can be dropped off at Jake’s Diner, 2210 N.E. U.S. Highway 20, Bend. All proceeds and items collected will go directly to the homeless through Central Oregon Veterans Outreach.

Contact: 541-419-6021.

— Bulletin staff reports