The North Bend Eagle


Several local organizations hope to gain from Big Give

Published 4/24/24

• Purcell Initiative looks to North Bend’s future

NORTH BEND – In two weeks, local residents will be asked to open their hearts – and pocketbooks – to give their community a boost.
The annual Big Give fundraising challenge is a way to support the many community and charitable organizations in the area. The 2024 Big Give will take place the 24 hours of Tuesday, May 7, when people are challenged to make an online donation at

Fremont Area Big Give

The Big Give is organized by the Fremont Area Community Foundation and supports 82 area organizations, including seven North Bend groups. When making a donation, donors will select which organizations they want their money to go toward.

North Bend organizations benefiting are the Purcell Initiative, North Bend Area Community Foundation, North Bend Central Foundation, North Bend Library Foundation, VFW Post 8223, the Grand Passage Sportsmen Fund and the North Bend Booster Club.

The Purcell Initiative is new to the Big Give this year. The group’s focus is on economic development and community growth in North Bend.
The Purcell Initiative began as the economic development committee of the North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and has evolved into its own organization.

The group was named after North Bend native Charles Purcell. After graduating from North Bend High School in 1900, he became perhaps the preeminent civil engineer of the 20th Century. Among his many notable designs is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which was selected as one of the modern civil engineering wonders of the United States by American Society of Civil Engineers in 1955. He also oversaw the construction of the first freeway in the American West, the first stack interchange in the world and was instrumental in creating the Interstate Highway System.

The Purcell Initiative takes inspiration from this native son to build a bridge to the future for North Bend through generosity and possibilities. It believes growth in North Bend will help spread the tax burden and provide more options for the people who live here.

The Purcell Initiative is currently raising money for a North Bend sign to be placed at the new intersection of Highway 79 and Highway 30 expressway north of town. The sign will be large, bright and memorable, a porch light over North Bend’s front door for Highway 30 traffic that no longer passes through town.

With generous grants and contributions from the North Bend Area Community Foundation, Fremont Area Community Foundation, City of North Bend and North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, Purcell has already raised $90,000 of the project’s $110,000 cost. It is hoping gifts from the Big Give will help it get closer to the finish line.

The Purcell Initiative will be conducting a community survey in the near future to get a sense of the direction the people of the North Bend area want to go, including a ideas for a potential community center.

The Purcell Initiative also played an active role in bringing the relevant parties to the table to install the antique-style street lamps that were placed downtown by the city last year.

Members of the Purcell Initiative include chairman Nathan Arneal, Nick Emanuel, Jason Saalfeld, Bob Feurer, Linda Emanuel, Matt Kroeger, Colleen Timmerman and Brook Aken.

The North Bend Area Community Foundation receives, administers and disburses funds for community improvement and assistance in areas such as civic, cultural, educational, health and welfare needs.

The North Bend Central Foundation provides opportunities for students and teachers of North Bend Central schools beyond what is provided by tax support. These opportunities include scholarships, curricular and extra-curricular enrichment activities, and professional development activities for teachers.

The North Bend Library Foundation financially supports projects at the public library, including ongoing adult programs and children’s activities.

The VFW Post 8223 honors and serves veterans and the community. The post sponsors youth organizations, promotes patriotism and other community events.

The Grand Passage Sportsmen Fund was built on the history and love of the outdoors, to provide a “grand passage” of hunting and fishing to the younger generations. Through outdoor sports, local youth can learn important virtues such as patience, respect, ethics, conservation, confidence, responsibility and emotional control.

North Bend Booster Club’s mission is to help make improvements that benefit NBC students, coaches, teachers and sponsors.


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