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Handmade Hats, Knockers and Shawls Provide Comfort to Cancer Patients

Assistance League® of Bend has provided thousands of beautifully knitted, crocheted and sewn hats to patients undergoing chemotherapy since their Hats, Hats, Hats initiative began in 1997. Members and community volunteers gather each week to create knitted and sewn hats for local cancer patients who have lost their hair. Cindy, a cancer survivor who received […]

New School Clothes for Local Children Living in Poverty

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to over 2,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 during the month of October. This back-to-school clothing campaign is taking place at the Redmond and Bend Walmart stores on 12 shopping days throughout the month. The high school and middle school […]

Costco Employee Giving Campaign

Assistance League of Bend would like to thank Costco in Bend for inviting us to participate in their employee giving campaign. Costco hosted a BBQ for their employees on October 4th and invited local nonprofit organizations to present information on how their organization serves the community. Once the employees learned about the nonprofits they were […]

Cancer with Compassion Drive-by Boutique

Assistance League of Bend participated in the Cancer with Compassion’s Drive-by Boutique on September 25th. Our dedicated sewing and knitting committee members distributed lovely handmade hats, as well as our popular “knitted knockers”, to cancer patients and survivors. These items are a comforting reminder to patients that they are not alone on their journey. Click […]

Recent Grant Support

Assistance League of Bend is immensely grateful for the support of these generous organizations. Their recent financial contributions will help us to better serve and empower struggling families in Deschutes County. Thank you United Way of Deschutes County, Wells Fargo Foundation, First Interstate Foundation, Deschutes County, Sunriver Rotary, and City of Sisters

I Need Clothes

Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell is a source of hope for the one in five local children living in poverty. Through Operation School Bell, Assistance League of Bend has proudly been providing back-to-school clothing to low-income children since 1991. With the rise in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, we made the […]

Summer Reflections 2021

The ever-changing pandemic has challenged our organization like never before. With grit – and a lot of creativity – we are actively navigating through unchartered territory. Despite the present hurdles, we have remained committed to our cause and we have continued to elevate and strengthen families of all backgrounds across Deschutes County. Click here to […]

Raise a Glass for the Kids Canceled

In light of the increasing concerns around the new wave of COVID-19 infections, Assistance League® of Bend has made the difficult decision to cancel Raise a Glass for the Kids being planned for September 23, 2021. The health and safety of our community is our first priority. We would like to thank the local businesses […]

New Books for Students in Sisters

Assistance League of Bend provided free books to children facing hardship in Sisters thanks to a generous donation directed toward literacy. Summer reading helps children continue to improve their skills and encourages a lifelong habit. Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend provided a Scholastic package to students in kindergarten through grade […]

Cascade Disposal Sponsors Raise a Glass for the Kids Fundraiser

Assistance League of Bend would like to sincerely thank our friends at Cascade Disposal for their generous $4,000 sponsorship of our upcoming fundraiser, Raise a Glass for the Kids. Proceeds from this event will benefit Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell program which provides new clothes to over 2,000 children in Deschutes County annually. […]

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Grant

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently awarded Assistance League of Bend a generous donation for their Operation School Bell program. The funds will be used to provide clothing to children living in poverty in Deschutes County. According to the Foundation Executive Director, Carma Mornarich, “The existence of a pandemic and widespread wildfire didn’t mean […]

Pacific Power Foundation Grant

The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded Assistance League of Bend a generous grant to assist families facing hardship in Deschutes County. Specifically, this grant will support Operation School Bell which provides new clothes to students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are living in poverty. Assistance League of Bend is immensely grateful for the Pacific […]

New Books for 1,200 Students

Assistance League of Bend kicked-off their free book give-away to low-income children in Deschutes County this week thanks to a generous donation directed toward literacy. Summer reading helps children continue to improve their skills and encourages a lifelong habit. Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing a Scholastic package to […]

OnPoint Community Credit Union Grant

Assistance League of Bend would like to sincerely thank our friends at OnPoint Community Credit Union for their recent grant to support low-income children in Deschutes County. OnPoint  was formed by a handful of schoolteachers more than 88 years ago to help their local community. Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell program, which provides […]

Remembering Past President, Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin served as president of Assistance League of Bend from 2012-2014. She played a vital role in the success of the Bend chapter and touched the lives of thousands of people during her 26 years of membership. Nancy was an authority on bylaws, policies and procedures and served as Bylaws chairman for the chapter […]

Spring Reflections 2021

As we reflect on a year like no other, Assistance League of Bend has drawn renewed hope and inspiration from seeing our community leap into action to assist those who are most vulnerable.  When we galvanize and commit to the journey of helping others, the results are remarkable. This spring, Assistance League of Bend activated […]

Spotlight on Light Elegance

Lezlie (pictured above and left) and Jim McConnell are the founders of Light Elegance, a company that leverages cutting-edge chemistry and innovation to develop hypoallergenic, easy-to-apply gels and acrylics for all skin tones, nail types and styles. The McConnells have been committed contributors of Assistance League of Bend for more than five years, and they have significantly supported Operation School Bell®, a critical program that helps build confidence in […]

New Clothes for 1,200 More Students

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to 1,200 more students in kindergarten through grade 12.  This second Walmart shopping campaign of 2021 is scheduled for May 11th, 13th and 15th in Bend and May 20th and 22nd in Redmond. The students will shop for new school clothes […]

Comfort Shawl Project

Assistance League of Bend is exploring the idea of adding Comfort Shawls for cancer patients and possibly seniors to their Hats, Hats, Hats program.  St. Charles is eager to offer the shawls to their cancer patients.  Members are creating sample polar fleece shawls to be distributed to local infusion centers on a trial basis.  In […]

Webfoot Painting Finalist – Vote Now!

Assistance League of Bend is honored to be a finalist in Webfoot Painting’s 13th Annual Project Serious.  As a recipient of the $25,000 in-kind services giveaway, we would be able to improve the functionality and aesthetic of our Chapter House as well as protect our capital investment, without impacting our ability to provide hope to […]

Winter Reflections 2021

Assistance League of Bend Spotlight is a quarterly publication that highlights our initiatives to support the most vulnerable in our community. These initiatives make a positive lasting impact on the lives of children and adults dealing with poverty, homelessness and cancer. We are immensely proud to serve our community and the successes highlighted in the […]

New Clothes for 1,200 Students

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to 1,200 students in kindergarten through grade 12. During the first three weeks of March, the students will shop for new school clothes at the Bend and Redmond Walmart stores using a $50 voucher provided by Assistance League of Bend and […]

Senior Caring Delivery

Assistance League of Bend volunteers loaded 14 cars with complimentary personal care items and delivered them to over 260 Medicaid patients in local long-term care facilities this week as part of their Senior Caring program.  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, and other hygiene products are delivered five times a year to 17 facilities […]

Les Schwab Grant

Assistance League of Bend has been awarded a very generous grant from Les Schwab to support their Operation School Bell® program. The funds will be used to provide new clothing to local children living in poverty.  Assistance League is extremely grateful for the continued support of Les Schwab.

Shoes to 850 Local Students

Assistance League of Bend is providing shoes to students in need in Deschutes County through their Operation School Bell® Program.  A partnership with Famous Footwear permitted them to purchase 850 gift cards at a discounted rate. These gift cards are being distributed through the Family Access Network advocates at each school.  Students will be able […]

Tutoring Scholarships

Assistance League of Bend is pleased to present scholarships to nine deserving students for additional tutoring. We are partnering with Bloom Tutors, a company that works with local substitute teachers who are in need of work due to COVID-19, to provide weekly tutoring hours to help students master their schoolwork.  These students have been recognized […]

Holiday Gifts to Low-Income Seniors

The Assistance League Secret Santa Squad delivered holiday gifts to low-income seniors in 17 long-term care facilities in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters.  Facility representatives spoke directly to their residents in order to obtain personalized gift information, including size, color and interests.  Gift requests included items such as lap blankets, sweaters, hats, books, puzzles, […]

St. Charles Foundation Hospice Auction

In honor of the members and loved ones we have lost this year, Assistance League of Bend donated the “Buck Off 2020” package for the St. Charles Foundation Country Christmas Hospice Auction.  To represent what a strange year it has been, the tree is upside down!  Other items in the package include: a vintage sleigh, […]

Assistance League Adapts

Assistance League of Bend adapts to the challenges of COVID-19 and continues to make a difference in Deschutes County. Whether it is distributing clothes at “pop-up” events, assisting families with internet access, making masks for health care workers or providing personal care items to isolated seniors, Assistance League remains committed to meeting the essential needs […]

Grants Awarded

Assistance League of Bend is grateful for the support of these generous organizations.  The funding from these recent grants will allow us to continue to make a difference in the lives of struggling families in Deschutes County: Trust Management Services: Braemar Charitable Trust, Sisters Rotary Club, City of Sisters, Wells Fargo Foundation, Reser Family Foundation

  • All
  • Events
  • Grants
  • Hats, Hats, Hats
  • News
  • Operation School Bell
  • Programs
  • Secret Santa
  • Senior Caring
  • Uncategorized

Handmade Hats, Knockers and Shawls Provide Comfort to Cancer Patients

Assistance League® of Bend has provided thousands of beautifully knitted, crocheted and sewn hats to patients undergoing chemotherapy since their Hats, Hats, Hats initiative began in 1997. Members and community volunteers gather each week to create knitted and sewn hats for local cancer patients who have lost their hair. Cindy, a cancer survivor who received […]

New School Clothes for Local Children Living in Poverty

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to over 2,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12 during the month of October. This back-to-school clothing campaign is taking place at the Redmond and Bend Walmart stores on 12 shopping days throughout the month. The high school and middle school […]

Costco Employee Giving Campaign

Assistance League of Bend would like to thank Costco in Bend for inviting us to participate in their employee giving campaign. Costco hosted a BBQ for their employees on October 4th and invited local nonprofit organizations to present information on how their organization serves the community. Once the employees learned about the nonprofits they were […]

Cancer with Compassion Drive-by Boutique

Assistance League of Bend participated in the Cancer with Compassion’s Drive-by Boutique on September 25th. Our dedicated sewing and knitting committee members distributed lovely handmade hats, as well as our popular “knitted knockers”, to cancer patients and survivors. These items are a comforting reminder to patients that they are not alone on their journey. Click […]

Recent Grant Support

Assistance League of Bend is immensely grateful for the support of these generous organizations. Their recent financial contributions will help us to better serve and empower struggling families in Deschutes County. Thank you United Way of Deschutes County, Wells Fargo Foundation, First Interstate Foundation, Deschutes County, Sunriver Rotary, and City of Sisters

I Need Clothes

Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell is a source of hope for the one in five local children living in poverty. Through Operation School Bell, Assistance League of Bend has proudly been providing back-to-school clothing to low-income children since 1991. With the rise in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, we made the […]

Summer Reflections 2021

The ever-changing pandemic has challenged our organization like never before. With grit – and a lot of creativity – we are actively navigating through unchartered territory. Despite the present hurdles, we have remained committed to our cause and we have continued to elevate and strengthen families of all backgrounds across Deschutes County. Click here to […]

Raise a Glass for the Kids Canceled

In light of the increasing concerns around the new wave of COVID-19 infections, Assistance League® of Bend has made the difficult decision to cancel Raise a Glass for the Kids being planned for September 23, 2021. The health and safety of our community is our first priority. We would like to thank the local businesses […]

New Books for Students in Sisters

Assistance League of Bend provided free books to children facing hardship in Sisters thanks to a generous donation directed toward literacy. Summer reading helps children continue to improve their skills and encourages a lifelong habit. Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend provided a Scholastic package to students in kindergarten through grade […]

Cascade Disposal Sponsors Raise a Glass for the Kids Fundraiser

Assistance League of Bend would like to sincerely thank our friends at Cascade Disposal for their generous $4,000 sponsorship of our upcoming fundraiser, Raise a Glass for the Kids. Proceeds from this event will benefit Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell program which provides new clothes to over 2,000 children in Deschutes County annually. […]

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation Grant

The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently awarded Assistance League of Bend a generous donation for their Operation School Bell program. The funds will be used to provide clothing to children living in poverty in Deschutes County. According to the Foundation Executive Director, Carma Mornarich, “The existence of a pandemic and widespread wildfire didn’t mean […]

Pacific Power Foundation Grant

The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded Assistance League of Bend a generous grant to assist families facing hardship in Deschutes County. Specifically, this grant will support Operation School Bell which provides new clothes to students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are living in poverty. Assistance League of Bend is immensely grateful for the Pacific […]

New Books for 1,200 Students

Assistance League of Bend kicked-off their free book give-away to low-income children in Deschutes County this week thanks to a generous donation directed toward literacy. Summer reading helps children continue to improve their skills and encourages a lifelong habit. Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing a Scholastic package to […]

OnPoint Community Credit Union Grant

Assistance League of Bend would like to sincerely thank our friends at OnPoint Community Credit Union for their recent grant to support low-income children in Deschutes County. OnPoint  was formed by a handful of schoolteachers more than 88 years ago to help their local community. Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell program, which provides […]

Remembering Past President, Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin served as president of Assistance League of Bend from 2012-2014. She played a vital role in the success of the Bend chapter and touched the lives of thousands of people during her 26 years of membership. Nancy was an authority on bylaws, policies and procedures and served as Bylaws chairman for the chapter […]

Spring Reflections 2021

As we reflect on a year like no other, Assistance League of Bend has drawn renewed hope and inspiration from seeing our community leap into action to assist those who are most vulnerable.  When we galvanize and commit to the journey of helping others, the results are remarkable. This spring, Assistance League of Bend activated […]

Spotlight on Light Elegance

Lezlie (pictured above and left) and Jim McConnell are the founders of Light Elegance, a company that leverages cutting-edge chemistry and innovation to develop hypoallergenic, easy-to-apply gels and acrylics for all skin tones, nail types and styles. The McConnells have been committed contributors of Assistance League of Bend for more than five years, and they have significantly supported Operation School Bell®, a critical program that helps build confidence in […]

New Clothes for 1,200 More Students

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to 1,200 more students in kindergarten through grade 12.  This second Walmart shopping campaign of 2021 is scheduled for May 11th, 13th and 15th in Bend and May 20th and 22nd in Redmond. The students will shop for new school clothes […]

Comfort Shawl Project

Assistance League of Bend is exploring the idea of adding Comfort Shawls for cancer patients and possibly seniors to their Hats, Hats, Hats program.  St. Charles is eager to offer the shawls to their cancer patients.  Members are creating sample polar fleece shawls to be distributed to local infusion centers on a trial basis.  In […]

Webfoot Painting Finalist – Vote Now!

Assistance League of Bend is honored to be a finalist in Webfoot Painting’s 13th Annual Project Serious.  As a recipient of the $25,000 in-kind services giveaway, we would be able to improve the functionality and aesthetic of our Chapter House as well as protect our capital investment, without impacting our ability to provide hope to […]

Winter Reflections 2021

Assistance League of Bend Spotlight is a quarterly publication that highlights our initiatives to support the most vulnerable in our community. These initiatives make a positive lasting impact on the lives of children and adults dealing with poverty, homelessness and cancer. We are immensely proud to serve our community and the successes highlighted in the […]

New Clothes for 1,200 Students

Through their Operation School Bell®  program, Assistance League of Bend is providing new clothing to 1,200 students in kindergarten through grade 12. During the first three weeks of March, the students will shop for new school clothes at the Bend and Redmond Walmart stores using a $50 voucher provided by Assistance League of Bend and […]

Senior Caring Delivery

Assistance League of Bend volunteers loaded 14 cars with complimentary personal care items and delivered them to over 260 Medicaid patients in local long-term care facilities this week as part of their Senior Caring program.  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, and other hygiene products are delivered five times a year to 17 facilities […]

Les Schwab Grant

Assistance League of Bend has been awarded a very generous grant from Les Schwab to support their Operation School Bell® program. The funds will be used to provide new clothing to local children living in poverty.  Assistance League is extremely grateful for the continued support of Les Schwab.

Shoes to 850 Local Students

Assistance League of Bend is providing shoes to students in need in Deschutes County through their Operation School Bell® Program.  A partnership with Famous Footwear permitted them to purchase 850 gift cards at a discounted rate. These gift cards are being distributed through the Family Access Network advocates at each school.  Students will be able […]

Tutoring Scholarships

Assistance League of Bend is pleased to present scholarships to nine deserving students for additional tutoring. We are partnering with Bloom Tutors, a company that works with local substitute teachers who are in need of work due to COVID-19, to provide weekly tutoring hours to help students master their schoolwork.  These students have been recognized […]

Holiday Gifts to Low-Income Seniors

The Assistance League Secret Santa Squad delivered holiday gifts to low-income seniors in 17 long-term care facilities in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters.  Facility representatives spoke directly to their residents in order to obtain personalized gift information, including size, color and interests.  Gift requests included items such as lap blankets, sweaters, hats, books, puzzles, […]

St. Charles Foundation Hospice Auction

In honor of the members and loved ones we have lost this year, Assistance League of Bend donated the “Buck Off 2020” package for the St. Charles Foundation Country Christmas Hospice Auction.  To represent what a strange year it has been, the tree is upside down!  Other items in the package include: a vintage sleigh, […]

Assistance League Adapts

Assistance League of Bend adapts to the challenges of COVID-19 and continues to make a difference in Deschutes County. Whether it is distributing clothes at “pop-up” events, assisting families with internet access, making masks for health care workers or providing personal care items to isolated seniors, Assistance League remains committed to meeting the essential needs […]

Grants Awarded

Assistance League of Bend is grateful for the support of these generous organizations.  The funding from these recent grants will allow us to continue to make a difference in the lives of struggling families in Deschutes County: Trust Management Services: Braemar Charitable Trust, Sisters Rotary Club, City of Sisters, Wells Fargo Foundation, Reser Family Foundation