Community Partnership Program
The Bend Swim Club Board of Directors has established a volunteer Community Partnership
Program to provide our children meaningful interaction with their community outside the world of
swimming. This opportunity allows those who choose to participate, the realization that giving
both of time and resources can be an important and an integral part of their development,
enriching their own lives and potentially the lives of those they serve. The Board of Directors is
developing a deeper alignment within our Program to community give back and
volunteerism, which is often an essential component of high school graduation, job interviews,
college admissions, and scholarship applications.
The Bend Swim Club has recently partnered with the Assistance League of Bend whom is dedicated to
helping vulnerable children and adults within the community. Assistance League® of Bend is
one of 120 chapters of Assistance League®, a national nonprofit organization that puts caring
and commitment into action. They have no paid staff and all the money they raise stays in our
community. With generous support from Central Oregonians, the Assistance League®
of Bend provides new school clothes to thousands of children living in poverty across Deschutes
County annually. In addition, they provide physical and emotional support for children, senior
citizens and cancer patients. Last year they touched the lives of over 6,500 people in Deschutes
County through their philanthropic programs:
-Operation School Bell® provided new school clothes to 2,016 children in grades K-12.
-Hats, Hats, Hats created 2,368 hats for Chemo patients as well as homeless children
-Breakfast with Santa provided special breakfast to 100 foster children and their families
including photos with Santa and stuffed animals.
-My Life Story Books created 69 memory books for foster children to store photos, school
records and personal thoughts.
-These Kids are Cookin’ taught 42 elementary school children the basics of healthy
cooking and nutrition.
-Be There, Be Square rewarded 60 at risk teens for improved school attendance.
-Senior Caring provided hygiene and items to 1,250 low income seniors.
-Secret Santa provided holiday gifts to 532 seniors in need.
If you would like more information about the Assistance League of Bend, you can view their
website at: http://www.assistanceleaguebend.com.
The Bend Swim Club and The Assistance League of Bend will be offering opportunities at these
events for our families and children to volunteer and give back to their community. The Bend
Swim Club Board of Directors, along with our Community Partnership Committee is committed
to this program and will work diligently together to make this a successful and meaningful
experience. Opportunities to be involved will be presented on the BSC website and email
notifications will also be extended.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the BSC Operations Manager, Amy Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org.