|Bandon Youth Center
By Linda Laverty
The much-needed filling of a void in the community of
Bandon has turned into a successful challenge. The Bandon Community
Youth Center was in danger of closing its doors to the
community’s youth due to low funding. To the rescue,
Harv Schubothe, another of our many heroes here on Oregon’s
A native Oregonian from Salem, Harv moved to Bandon 6 years ago.
Experienced in and retired from public administration, Mr. Schubothe
rose to this challenge, along with previous executive director Bobbi
Bolden and the Board of Directors at the Youth Center. To assess
how a non-profit organization could generate enough revenue to keep the
Center open, by way of a stable business model, was brought to the
discussion table. Part of the challenge was not taking customers away
from small profit based businesses in the community. This challenge was
met with the solution of a thrift store and a copy shop. Harv followed
the example of other non-profit organizations around the country, who
are able to generate funding through operating small businesses.
Above: Bandon Community Youth Center.
Below: The Bandon Youth Thrift Store
As Executive Director of Bandon’s non-profit Youth
Center, Harv foresees more dependable funding with these two
businesses. “The kids in Bandon need and deserve a safe place to
go for education and recreation,” says Harv. “We are
grateful to be able to fill a community need.” The Bandon
Youth Center employs four staff members who share responsibility for
operating all three establishments: The Thrift Store, The Copy Shop,
and the Bandon Community Youth Center. Harv’s long-term goal is
to staff the Youth Center and The Copy Shop with young participants
from the community to provide experience, opportunity, and to assist
them to develop a sound work ethic.
Because of the low overhead, all the proceeds from the businesses go to
keeping the doors open for the kids at the Youth Center. The Bandon
Youth Center is host to an excellent classroom, fully equipped with
computers. There are numerous kinds of interactive games and indoor
and outdoor recreation with pool, ping pong and other activities.
Located at 101 11th St. SW in Bandon, the Youth Center
also houses The Copy Shop. The Copy Shop provides copy services and
business card design and production. Hours for The Copy Shop are:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm, The Bandon Youth Center
is open for fun Monday – Friday 3:30pm - 6 or 7pm. The Thrift
Store is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am – 4:00pm, is
located at 50375 Hwy. 101 S., Bandon and is managed by Kim Logue
All proceeds go to the Bandon Community Youth Center.
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