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.
CIRCLE OF GIVING
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Circle of Giving and Be a Santa to a Senior giving efforts in 2016.
The Circle of Giving campaign collected new items for the Family Access Network to benefit nearly 200 people in the local area with warm coats and boots over the holidays. In addition, gently used donated items were shared with the Bethlehem Inn. Supporting our local community is important and we appreciate the generosity of others!
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.
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Thank you to the generous donors that purchased gifts for 138 seniors from the Bend Senior Center “Be a Santa to a Senior Tree.” Over 600 seniors were served by the Be A Santa to a Senior program in 2016.
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.