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Together we are making an impact in our community in the midst of the crisis. Check out this Outreach Update from Pastor Steve to be encouraged and find out how to keep helping. Thank you, Westside!

May 27 was our For the City Donation drive—and you guys showed up! We had 93 vehicles come through to drop off donations.  (91 cars, 1 pedestrian, and one stroller, with mom attached.)

Together we gathered:

  • 180 boxes and bags of diapers
  • 141 boxes and bags of wipes
  • 144 propane cans
  • 120 pairs of jeans
  • 130 boxes of protein bars

Your generosity towards our city is beautiful. These donations will be given to four community organizations that are serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty. Thank you for your continued partnership and generosity.

How to Help local Foster Families and Foster Youth

May is Foster Care Awareness Month! We want our Westside family to know that there are simple ways to support foster families and foster youth in Central Oregon. With the impact of COVID-19, there are even less families opening their homes, and more children suffering abuse and neglect.

Right now Every Child has a goal of showing appreciation to all 166 foster care providers across Central Oregon. Here’s how you can help:

  • Provide gift cards for groceries, meals, or family fun.
  • Build a flash box filled with activities, gift cards, and items for guardians and kids.

Sign up to provide gift cards, flash boxes here. Let’s help Every Child meet their goal!

Sometimes, foster parents have specific needs for the kids they are hosting —from car seats, to diapers, to bikes and more. If you are willing to meet these specific needs, please sign up to help foster families now and beyond the month of May, here.

PS: If you’re wondering if 166 foster care providers across Central Oregon is enough to meet the need of kids going into care… it’s not! There is a great need for more foster homes, especially during this season. If you’re interested in learning more about how to take the next step, visit everychildcentraloregon.org/connect to learn more about volunteering, meeting tangible needs, making a donation or explore becoming a foster parent or respite care provider.

Last month our food distribution project was a huge success—thanks to the help of our Westside family.

On Wednesday, May 27th Westside will be hosting a For The City donation event in partnership with the community organizations in our city that serve struggling young families, and our homeless.

We have identified the following essential items would meet a great need:

  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • 1 lb propane cans
  • Protein bars
  • Size 30-36 waist jeans 

Please join in by dropping off any of the listed items on May 27th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Westside Church Office Drop-off station. Thank you for helping us make a difference in our city!

Help us embrace, encourage and empower our Redmond families.

In an effort to provide food, cleaning supplies, and books to children and families –  Redmond Proficiency Academy has created Redmond Cares.

Redmond Cares gives out food and supply boxes upon request and even delivers! All donations will be a curbside drop-off to adhere with social distancing protocols.

RPA is now accepting donations of food and supplies. If you live in the Redmond area, please consider donating the following:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Boxes/shopping bags,
  • Toiletries/hygiene items
  • Sanitation supplies

RPA is accepting donations every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4 pm. Visit Redmond Cares for full details. Thank you!

Westside was honored to help our community last Monday during our Free Food Market! After tallying up our numbers, we found that we were able to help…

  • 154 families served that represent 641 people (340 adults, 301 kids)
  • 28 dogs and 9 cats

We received 40 grocery carts of donations from Westsiders for this event! Thank you again for your generosity. You all have made a huge impact! #ForTheCity

There are a number of hard-working organizations out there tirelessly working to make sure no one goes hungry during this difficult time. If you have food to spare, you can help out by donating food in a socially-distant way:

The Giving Plate is offering a drive-up style food box service. Support them by donating non-perishable food at a drop site near you:

  • OnTap – 1424 NE Cushing Drive, Bend (11-4 Any day)
  • D&S Hydraulics – 373 SE Bridgeford Blvd, Bend (11-4 Monday through Friday)
  • Bend Cider Co. – 64649 Wharton Avenue, Bend (11-4 Any day)

The Shepherd’s House serves prepackaged meals and other supplies Monday – Friday for anyone in need. You can support them by donating non-perishable food items, pre-made food bags, and fresh produce using their drive-through drop-off service:

  • Drop-off between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday at 1854 NE Division St. Bend.
  • See a full list of ways you can help here.

Text ih365 to 313131 to receive text notifications to your phone for updates on how to help as needs arise throughout the crisis. Below you’ll find resources for kids, information on how to help, community resources, and a real-time list of outreach opportunities that are updated frequently—so check in often!

Updated 4.21.20

As our city is struggling,  many of you have asked how you can help. We are actively working every day to provide both hope and help to our community. Here are some ways for us to stay connected and aware.

We will be utilizing our website, westsidechurch.org, more and more to list new digital ways to connect and grow in our faith together during this challenging time.

We are continuing to help with needs in our community through our monthly Food Program and active support of community organizations. Thank you for your ongoing generosity, it’s making a difference. To hear about specific needs and opportunities to help, simply sign up for our IHEART365 texting line by texting ih365 to the number 313131.  We will utilize this existing ministry to text out needs and opportunities.

Pandemic Partners-Bend Facebook page is a great, community page filled with needs and people organically meeting them. Be sure and check out WhatIfWeCould.com to find up-to-date information on how to help and donate to organizations on the ground floor.

The Central Oregon Resource Directory (CORD) provides a list of food banks, doctors and pharmacies, unemployment offices, senior care agencies, housing help, and more from Warm Springs to La Pine.

Westside Church-Community Facebook page is a great place for us to start to connect as a faith community as well.

If you know of needs, or need help yourself, please call (541) 382-7504 or contact us

We are committed to you and to our community for the duration of this global crisis. Let’s stand together, and support one another and our city.