BandonCares sponsors TRAINING for the Greater Bandon Nonprofit Community 


SUCCESSFUL GRANTS STEWARDSHIP - A series of webinars from Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

In partnership with NAO (Nonprofit Association of Oregon), BandonCares will be hosting 8 Webinars in a series titled "Successful Grants Stewardship" from October 11, 2013 through May 9, 2014.

Read about the series and instructor on the NAO's website.
Click here.

Each 2-hour Webinar will be held at the Bandon Community Center or Bandon Library's Sprague Community Room. Check the calendar for location information.   Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.

A nominal fee of $50 per organization will be assessed to defray the costs of NAO's fee, room rental and snacks.  For that amount, up to three (perhaps more if space permits) organizational officers, board members or volunteers can attend all or some of the sessions. If your organization did this on its own, the cost would be at least $300.


PRESS RELEASE - September 23, 2013

Bandon Cares to Present Successful Grants Stewardship

Bandon Cares will be presenting an 8-session course Successful Grants Stewardship. This course is from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (

The sessions will be held at the Barn and Sprague Room of the Bandon Library on the second Friday of each month starting October 11, 2013 at The Barn. The sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The sessions are being offered for a $50 fee per nonprofit for the entire course. A nonprofit organization in Bandon may send up to three (3) participants for the $50 fee. A participant may attend one session for no fee. Preregistration is requested for each session. Preregistered participants will be given priority over walk-ins if classes fill.

The funding for this presentation is from a grant to Bandon Cares from The Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Foundation.

For further information and to register go to and click on the “Grants Webinar Registration”


A BandonCares'  Goal

Provide training and networking opportunities to nonprofits serving Bandon.

CyberLynx, a Bandon nonprofit providing computer literacy courses, is following up with Google Applications classes throughout the remainder of 2013-14.  Check the CYBERLYNX TRAINING CALENDAR and website for more information and the training schedule.

Background: On May 18, 2013, the Ford Institute for Community Building  sponsored a day-long training seminar on using technology for communication and collaboration in the Bandon community.  Certified Google Apps trainers presented a curriculum to introduce free or very affordable resources that nonprofits can use. Local training classes will continue to support the use of Google Apps.

Check out our RESOURCE PAGE.  Find links to more information about Google Apps and  the Google Apps Community. You can register on this page, too.  You will also find an agenda for the May 18 training, instructions for setting up a Gmail/Google account, directions to the event and links for the training resources.


Past Training:



Seminar on Saturday, MAY 18, 2013

FREE to BandonCares nonprofits and Greater Bandon Association participants.

This is a day-long, hands-on training on a variety of free online tools your organization can use to communicate and collaborate more effectively and efficiently. If you can type, navigate the Internet and do a little word processing, you can do this! The tools are free and easy to use.  Let's get all of Bandon "connected."

Ford Institute for Community Building is sponsoring this training seminar. It's a pilot for training other rural communities in this online communications and collaborations.  We'll have a certified Google Apps trainer. 

Bring your wireless laptop. We'll have 6 loaners you can share.

CLICK HERE to register for the May 18 technology training seminar "Online Communications:  Building Community Through Technology."  Register by May 5.

Have questions about the content of the training and about who should attend?  Read our FAQ's about the training below

Check out our RESOURCE PAGE.  Find links to more information about Google Apps and  the Google Apps Community. You can register on this page, too.  You will also find an agenda for the May 18 training, instructions for setting up a Gmail/Google account, directions to the event and links for the training resources.


In cooperation with NAO (Nonprofit Association of Oregon), BandonCares is offering FREE attendance at facilitated Webinar training sessions.

There will be three lunch Webinars (12:00 – 1:30 pm). We’ll provide a light lunch, attendance via the Internet and a facilitated discussion.

Bandon Community Center at 12:00 - 1:30 (Doors and buffet lunch open at 11:30; program begins exactly at noon.)

  • March 13, 2013: Building a Phenomenal Board, Harv Schubothe facilitator (Click here for a description and to register.)
  • April 10, 2013: Fundraising in Rural Communities Christine Coles, facilitator (Click here for a description and to register.)
  • May 8, 2013:  Managing Volunteers and Staff TBD (Click here for a description and to register.) 

Register for one or all of these seminars through NAO.  Attend for free. This is a $55 per/person seminar that BandonCares is subsidizing for the Bandon nonprofit community.   

Link to NAO registration site:



What is the course content?

Two certified Google Apps trainers will be providing hands-on training on using several Google Apps modules. Topics include:
Google Tools Overview
Getting a Google Account
Google Groups
Google Docs
Google Slides
Google Calendar
…and at least 1.5 hours of hands-on play time to try out things that interest you

Who in my organization should attend?

The person(s) responsible for communicating with members of your organization and the public using email, electronic calendars, websites, electronic documents, etc. would be a good choice. Who do you rely on to keep the electronic membership list up-to-date? Who does most of the word processing and spreadsheet preparation? Who just loves taking on a challenge and learning new stuff? Whose excitement is contagious so he or she will excite others to try a new way of using technology? That’s your gal or guy!

If you've never used email or word processing, then this seminar may be a little advanced for you.  The ability to use a keyboard, a mouse, and general computer navigation is assumed. CyberLynx offers beginning classes and you should attend those first.

Eventually, most active members will learn parts of Google Apps. For instance, do you write grant requests? The team that does that should all learn Google Docs and collaborate online to write and edit the document together.

What is Google Apps?

Google Apps is several software applications that reside in “the Cloud” (see below for an explanation of “the cloud” and “cloud computing.”) Google provides the applications as well as the servers (computers) that store your information. You only need a medium-power computer (laptop, desktop, tablet or smart cell phone) and access to the internet to harness the applications and storage offered by Google.

The applications Google provides for free online are many. Most are familiar with the Google Search. This is only the most known one of dozens. There’s Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube, Picasa (photo management and storage), Social Media apps (Google+, Blogger, Google Groups, Google Voice) and Home & Office Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, Gmail, Calendar, Translate). Click here to see the list Google provides with a short explanation of each.

What is “cloud computing”?
“The cloud” is the collection of servers (i.e. huge computers with lots of storage and processing power) connected to the Internet. Instead of storing your information on your relatively isolated individual computer, you hire or select a provider and put it on their server where, with permissions, you and those you authorize, can view and use it. Some providers (like Google) also provide applications like word processing, spreadsheets, etc. that you can also use. So, you don’t need to buy and install office and other applications software on your individual computer(s).

Think about the electricity grid. You don’t generate your own; you tap into the service and, basically, use the generating, storage and transmission capability of a variety of producers. In “cloud computing” you tap into technology services and use a connection to the internet to tap into the applications and storage capacity of providers.

Is Google Apps stable and reliable?
“According to an announcement at the Google I/O conference in June 2012, Gmail now has 425 million users and 5 million businesses use Google Apps,” says the Wikipedia for Google Apps. There have only been a couple of reports regarding breached security; fewer than those reported by our banking systems and the defense department!

Where am I going to get help and follow up? After one day of training, how can I realistically start using this for my organization?

There will be local help. CyberLynx, your local computer training nonprofit, has committed to be available to help you. The Ford Institute for Community Building has also committed funds for second-level help from the network of certified Google Apps trainers – of which there are many. Did you know that several Oregon school districts are Google Apps organizations and their technical staff and many teachers have become experts in its use.

You will get the email and phone contact information for your local support people. They are dedicated volunteers who will make every effort to help you or find the help you need.

Why should we do this? Now we use a phone tree and send things out by email. Our membership is in a rolodex file. It works just fine.

Okay. But this free suite of communication and productivity tools can expand your current reach and capability. And, pretty soon you’re going to want to recruit young people to become involved in your organization. They just don’t work that way. Time to explore what’s out there that will make your organization more visible and appealing to those under 30! It can’t hurt to take a look and see what small steps you can take to bring your organization’s communication practices into the 21st century.