Giving to our Community

Giving back to our community is important to the District and our employees participate in activities, such as blood drives, food drives, clean-up efforts and donation collections throughout the year.

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.

In the past, we partnered with 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. Details for the 2017 holiday season will be shared in the fall.

If you are looking to donate to recreation scholarships, please visit our Bend Park & Recreation Foundation page.


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.


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.