Giving to our Community

Each November and December, the employees of Bend Park & Recreation District lead a seasonal effort to give to our community and invite our patrons to participate with us.

This year, we welcome you to join in giving to the two chosen community-wide donation campaigns of the Circle of Giving, supporting warm clothing and boots through Family Access Network, and Be a Santa to a Senior, which gives needed gifts to older adults who may otherwise not receive them.

You can learn more about how you can donate below. If you are looking to donate to recreation scholarships, please visit our Bend Park & Recreation Foundation page.


This holiday season the District is partnering with Zolo Media and the Family Access Network (FAN) to collect winter items for local families.

Please help us keep local kids warm this winter!

Throughout the holiday season, contribute new coats and boots to collection bins at:

FAN has advocates working in every school in Deschutes County to help connect children and their parents to services for food, shelter, heating, healthcare, clothing and more.

FAN helped almost 9,000 of our neighbors in the past year. A video explains the organization’s mission.


A giving tree decorates the Bend Senior Center for Be a Santa to a Senior, a national effort by Home Instead.

Our partnership has been in place for 13 years and our giving tree is one of the largest donation sites in Central Oregon for Home Instead. Identified by tags on the tree, the donated gifts are distributed to seniors in need in our community.

Participate in three easy steps.

  1. Take a tag or more from the giving tree at the Bend Senior Center
  2. Be a Santa to a Senior and purchase an item from the tag(s)
  3. Bring back unwrapped gifts to be distributed to seniors by Dec. 14.

The giving tree begins Nov. 30 and unwrapped gifts must be returned by Dec. 14.