Bend is a great dog town and has easy access to the outdoors. These are two reasons why my wife, Marcia, and I moved here over 20 years ago. We use the dog parks every day and support the use of tax dollars for their creation/maintenance. During those 20 years, I’ve become more involved in supporting community organizations that can make a difference. One organization I joined, in 2015, was the Bend Food Project which does food collections on a recurring basis. Food collected is donated to food pantries. Another organization is the Mountain View Neighborhood association. I started working with this organization in 2018 and saw the specific projects they started/supported to try to improve quality of life in the MVNA area. This is one reason I joined the board in 2021.