(BEND, OR) Mid Oregon Credit Union members and employees that include branches in Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, and La Pine Lending Center, are facilitating a real difference in the Central Oregon communities by supporting local charities with the Holiday Dough Fund. Financial contributions will help provide food, clothing and shelter for individuals and families as well as toys for kids. The generosity of each individual contribution joined together with the strength of Mid Oregon’s members will make a significant impact.

From now until December 19, 2014, Mid Oregon will be collecting cash donations. All contributions will stay in the community in which they are collected and 100% of the donations will be given to the following organizations:

  • Bend Family Kitchen, providing meals to those in need in a safe and caring environment- Statement | Website
  • La Pine Christmas Basket Association, providing food during the Christmas holiday for the less fortunate in the South Deschutes County area- Statement | Facebook Page
  • Redmond Jericho Road, providing shelter, food and clothing to those in need within the Redmond area- Statement | Website
  • Madras – Jefferson County Food Bank, supplying food to families and individuals- Statement
  • Prineville – Crook County Holiday Partnership, providing holiday support to seniors, children and families in need in Crook County- Statement | Website

Giving back to the community is a core value of Mid Oregon Credit Union and aligns with their credit union philosophy of “people helping people”. To make donations call 541-382-1795 or visit any branch.


 2014 Holiday Dough Support

Family Kitchen- in Bend

To Provide Meals to Those in Need

Meals: 231 NW Idaho Avenue | Mail: 469 NW Wall Street | Bend, Oregon 97701

Family Kitchen was founded in 1986 by four women from Trinity Episcopal Church who felt the need to reach out to the community after the local mill shut down. They were concerned that, with the lack of local work, there would be a need for free meals. They were right.

Today, Family Kitchen serves three dinners and four lunches each week. We are averaging 5,000 meals per month and have over 250 volunteers involved in our efforts. We are grateful for the funding we receive from corporations, churches, individuals, independent groups and grant organizations.

We will be serving lunch on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 11a-12:30p and dinner on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 5-6:30p. The dinner meals will certainly be “upgraded” for the occasions. And, there will be a Holiday Party thrown by Navis Technologies on December 17th.

We will not be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal as is our custom when the Bend Community Center chooses to serve that meal. We think it’s best that the community come together that day and pool resources for the best outcome.

Our Mission: to serve anyone who needs a nutritious meal in a safe and caring environment.


La Pine Christmas Basket Program

This program provides less fortunate individuals in the South Deschutes County area food for the Christmas Holiday.

We are fortunate enough to have several community volunteers come together to make this event a success. We have volunteers that help throughout the year as well as several on distribution day to make the program what it is today. Distribution day will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 starting at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 4:00 p.m.

We serve over 650 families that are in need. This would not be possible without the food and money donations received from various local businesses. The La Pine Christmas Baskets is a non-profit entity that is a tax deduction for those wishing to donate.

We apply 100% of your donation to this program. We need your help in order to make 2014 another successful year. With your help we can continue to serve those in the community who need it most and make a positive impact to the community as a whole.

We look forward to your support and we are greatly appreciative of any donation possible.

Laura Conard, President


 Jericho Road- in Redmond

Serving the Homeless and Hungry
PO Box 1689, Redmond OR 97756, 541-548-3367

The mission of Jericho Road is to provide tangible support to the homeless and those in need within the Redmond area. This includes providing transitional housing and mentoring to homeless families as well as providing meals for those in need within our community. Jericho Road is a volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization located in Redmond, Oregon.

Ninety percent of the funds we receive through donations, grants and other sponsorships go to support the core programs we maintain and offer to the people of Redmond and Central Oregon.

Jericho Weekend Food for Students has begun its 5th school year. This year we packed 44 packs the very first full week of school, for a total of 149 the first month with 61 volunteer hours to complete the tasks. Sixty percent of the students who attend the Redmond School District are living at or below the national poverty level and forty percent of the citizens who live in Redmond are doing the same.

Jericho Road’s other program is Jericho Table, which served more than 8,000 free, hot and nutritious meals last year. Beginning December 1st, we will celebrate our new location at the Redmond Grange Hall. We would like to invite each of you to drop by during the week between 5 and 6 p.m. to share in a totally new concept of providing meals by partnering with Tate and Tate caterers of Redmond. Mr. Ken Larkin and his family also augment the meals by providing weekend food to many participants.

With winter and the holiday season rapidly approaching, Jericho road has initiated an Emergency Shelter working in partnership with Shepherd’s House of Bend and one of Redmond’s churches to provide a warm shelter for the homeless when temperatures drop significantly.

We are also preparing to distribute additional food for the holiday break along with new hats, gloves, socks, and other warm clothing to be distributed with our food bags through the month of December and beyond as long as there is a demand.

Jericho Road would like to thank our community partners for your support and we hope that we have proven and will continue to prove ourselves worthy of your trust and respect. Thank you all!


Jefferson County Food Bank- In Madras

Jefferson County Food Bank is open weekly on Tuesdays 1:30-5:00 p.m. at 556 SE 7th Street in Madras.

We serve many households each week and average over 65 per week on an annual basis. However with winter approaching and seasonal work coming to an end in our community participating households increase dramatically. We therefore have an endless need for food items.

Yes, we receive and purchase commodities through Neighbor Impact and the Oregon Food Bank, but we absolutely depend on the generosity of groups and individuals who donate food, monies, and time to support our efforts to feed the needy. Your gifts enable us to purchase those foods that otherwise, our clients might have to do without in these trying economic times.

Food donations are accepted Tuesdays 1:30 -5:00 PM or call 541.475.7479 to make other arrangements and we always accept your tax deductible monetary donations: mail to 8961 NE Old Hwy 97, Madras OR 97741.

Thank you.

Paul D. Rueter, Director
Jefferson County Food Bank
501 (c) 3 Organization


Crook County Holiday Partnership- In Prineville

Providing holiday support to seniors, children
and families in need in Crook County
100% of funds are used for gifts and food – we are an all-volunteer partnership

Last year over 2,400 individuals were served by the collaborative efforts of the Holiday Partnership. This included 933 youth and 284 senior and disabled, of which 68 were Veterans. Over 820 food boxes were distributed. This is a true testimony to how Crook County citizens step up when their neighbors are in need. The Holiday Partnership Steering Committee has already begun gearing up for this year’s needs and estimate that there will be similar need this holiday season.

Thank you again for your support for the Holiday Partnership, in service to those in need in Crook County.

Food baskets are provided by a variety of organizations. Donations of food specifically for holiday food baskets can be delivered to the Family Resource Center, 203 NE Court Street, Prineville, or you may call 541-447-3260 for food pick up or to make a donation.