Assistance League of Bend provided waterproof gloves and knit hats to students in kindergarten through grade 12 at Operation School Bell® pop-up events in Redmond and Bend during NeighborImpact’s food bank distribution events in January.

Operation School Bell® Provided New School Clothes to 1,663 Students This Fall

This fall, Assistance League of Bend’s Operation School Bell® provided new back-to-school clothes to 1,663 students in kindergarten through grade 12. This campaign spanned 12 shopping days at the Bend and Redmond Walmart stores. Assistance League of Bend provided high school, middle school and elementary school students with vouchers ranging from $80 to $100 to purchase clothing.

We received many thoughtful thank you notes from students’ parents following the shopping events. One parent remarked “My bill came to $80.86. My heart sank as my daughter had picked out each item herself and sadly I didn’t have the $0.86. How embarrassing. The Assistance League clerk looked at me, smiled and said ‘we’ve got it!’ I have a very happy girl tonight.” One in five local children live in poverty. Another parent shared, “This was a true blessing for my kids. They had a wonderful time picking out their own clothes and learning to budget what they were able to afford. My family is currently struggling for many reasons so this came as a blessing, just in time.” 

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Students in kindergarten through grade 8 received four new Scholastic books, a super cool UV pen and bookmark and a reusable tote bag this summer at pop-ups in Bend, Redmond, La Pine and Sisters. Watch Assistance League of Bend’s book distribution in action on KTVZ News Channel 21.

BendBroadband Internet Program

To address the increased need for high-speed internet for low-income students learning from home during the pandemic, Assistance League of Bend is partnering with BendBroadband. Through the Connect2Compete Internet Program, families with children receiving free or reduced lunch will be eligible for greatly discounted subscription rates, including a wireless modem and no installation fees. Families may apply to the Connect2Compete program through Assistance League of Bend.

Please download this Connect2Compete Application and return the completed application to Assistance League of Bend. The application may be submitted electronically to info@assistanceleaguebend.org or by mail to P.O. Box 115, Bend, OR  97709-0115.

All Schools Financial Statistics 2020-2021

All Schools Students Served 2020-2021

Pop-up Events Financial Statistics 2020-2021

Pop-up Events Students Served 2020-2021

Clothing Children in Need (K-12)
Throughout Deschutes County Schools


Operation School Bell is the signature program of Assistance League of Bend and has, for over 25 years, enabled thousands of vulnerable Deschutes County schoolchildren in grades K-12 to go to school with confidence and self-esteem wearing new clothing they have chosen for themselves.

According to the Oregon Department of Education, one in five children in Deschutes County live in poverty.  Surveys show that children go to school with confidence and self-esteem when wearing new clothing they have chosen for themselves.  Attendance improves and bullying decreases.

The students are referred by the local Family Access Network and have the opportunity to shop with a parent and Assistance League’s all-volunteer members and many nonmember community volunteers.  The program has been administrated in partnership with Walmart stores in Bend and Redmond and is made possible through grants, fundraisers and donations from the supportive and generous people within the community.

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Volunteers donated 1,257 hours for Operation School Bell in 2020-2021!

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  • Monetary donations are always appreciated!
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