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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 Southern Coast.

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.
Bandon Youth Center
Above: Bandon Community Youth Center.
Below: The Bandon Youth Thrift Store
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 (541-347-9832).

All proceeds go to the Bandon Community Youth Center.


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