Commute Options, The Environmental Center, Embark Bend, Central Oregon LandWatch, Oregon Natural Desert Association and other non-profits and organizations worked together share knowledge and resources to support our fellow Central Oregonians during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an effort to support our community members throughout Central Oregon, we have compiled a list of agencies supporting those impacted the most. Below you will find a list of places to donate so they can directly support community organizations and ways to volunteer and support one another while staying safe

This is not a complete list but a suggestion of how to make a contribution during the pandemic. 


For those with the capacity, please consider exploring the following websites to donate and support.

Mecca Bend / Embrace Bend

With the support and guidance of our Latinx community advocates and leaders, Embrace Bend and Mecca Bend have partnered to raise awareness and put together a Mutual Aid Group with an immediate cash relief fund, prioritizing our undocumented, BIPOC, queer, and, disabled neighbors. There are approximately 1450 undocumented families in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson Counties who will not receive a stimulus check from the federal government. Please join in supporting our neighbors and the future economic success of our community. 

Warm Spring Community Action Team

Please help the Warm Springs Community Action Team and the community members we serve by making a tax-deductible gift today. Help Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs tribal members build a better life for themselves, their families, and their community.

Deschutes United Way

From our newly-launched local COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, we at United Way have already rapidly directed funds to these Central Oregon nonprofits that are providing emergency assistance and essential services to the individuals and families most impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19.

Arts and Cultural Alliance 

Information is coming soon about how and where to donate to support local artists. Check the website for updates.

The Workhouse

The Workhouse is a platform for local artists to #getbacktowork: we operate as a place of exchange between artists and their community. Our goal with this fund is simply to ensure that we are able to meet the essential goal of securely keeping the roof over our heads and the lights on.

We hope you can take time to learn about organizations supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQ+ and low-income people as these organizations can use your support beyond the pandemic as well. 


Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Join Pandemic-Partners on Facebook
    • It’s simple – if you need help, ask. If you can help, respond out of the goodness of your heart. This can include running errands, picking up groceries, getting help with technology to stay connected to loved ones, etc.

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