Feel like getting more involved with the community as you work on relocating to Bend? Bend has a variety of innovative and powerful charities, nonprofits, and community organizations designed to help others. While we encourage you to look at the options for yourself, these are several non-profits in Bend and a great place to start if you want to make a donation or are looking for a volunteer opportunity. There are many more worthy non-profit organizations in our community, too!
The Rebecca Foundation
The Rebecca Foundation is all about providing clean cloth diapers to families that need them, with a focus on durable diapers that can be washed and used over and over. The program focuses on families going through hard times, foster families, and military families.
F* Cancer from Silver Moon Brewing
It’s pretty clear what the F* Cancer campaign is about! This highly successful program from Silver Moon supports cancer research and enabling those fighting cancer around the world. There’s plenty of merch and even an F* Cancer beer, which makes it extra easy to support!
Mustangs to the Rescue
There are many horse-centered nonprofits in Central Oregon, focused on the outlying farms in gorgeous rural areas, but one of our favorites is Mustangs to the Rescue. This center helps care for, heal, rehabilitate and eventually rehome neglected horses. They actively train potential horse owners so they can become acquainted with horses and learn how to properly care for them.
Shepherd’s House is an outreach program that food and supplies for people that currently have no home options available, with an active focus on homeless camps and those in similar situations. Shepherd’s House in particular has done an excellent job of pivoting to providing community-wide supplies and resources during struggles with COVID-19.
Humane Society of Central Oregon
The Human Society is a beautiful center to care for shelter animals and host visits with potential pet owners, as well as lots of volunteer options. They receive pets from around Oregon and make it very easy to look for a new pet or check out found strays. The Society also provides options for vaccines, microchipping, and a variety of other services.
Mosaic is a medical center focused on serving patients regardless of insurance or their current income. In addition to providing a variety of medical care options, they also help patients apply for financial aid through a variety of government programs, depending on what they can qualify for. They accept donations and are often looking for extra help!
Bethlehem Inn offers a renovated hotel space designed for families, those recovering from addictions, the homeless, and others in similar situations who need a protected space to live for a little while. They are currently following all COVID-19 guidelines and have multiple opportunities to get involved in various ways, from volunteering to offering donations and supplies.
Deschutes Children’s Foundation
The Children’s Foundation gets local business and donors involved in caring for at-risk children throughout Central Oregon. They have multiple campuses that offer a variety of care options.
The Environmental Center
This Center focuses on the best ways to create a sustainable community, protect local flora and fauna, and support measures or volunteer work that will help protect and encourage natural growth. It’s also a great way to stay up to date on local eco-friendly events, and they offer a number of donation options if you feel like giving.
Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach
This nonprofit offers services, housing, transport, and much more to the veterans in Central Oregon who need help. You can buy items to support, donate directly, or volunteer (or select them as your Amazon charity of choice when buying holiday gifts).