Get Involved

When you get involved with Partners In Care, you become an important part of our organization and our caring mission. Whether you give of your time as a volunteer, your expertise on our board or council, or your financial support, you can be assured of helping people when they need it most—right here in Central Oregon.

Because our organization operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Partners In Care relies on the generosity of many individuals, businesses and other organizations to support our services.

How Can I Help?

Start here to discover ways to get involved:

Make a Gift

+Memorial Giving and other types of tribute gifts
Gifts can be made in memory of an individual who has recently died or to commemorate the anniversary of their death. Unless designated otherwise, memorial gifts are used where the need is greatest within the Partners In Care organization. Make a gift now.

Gifts can also be made in honor of an individual or in celebration of a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.

All donors receive a thank you letter that serves as a receipt for tax purposes. The family of the deceased or the person you are honoring with your gift also receives notification; the amount of your gift is not mentioned.
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+Provide a general gift and select a Fund where it will be used
Contributions of any size are vital to sustaining the excellent care that is provided by Partners In Care. There is no gift too small to support the mission.

Several funds are available for designation and can be selected on the online giving form or by writing the name of the fund on your check and mailing it to:

Partners In Care
Attn: Donor Services
2075 NE Wyatt Ct
Bend, OR 97701

Patient Care Fund – Helps cover the gap between the cost of providing home health or hospice care and the insurance reimbursement. Provides funding for Hospice House, home health care and hospice care provided in the patient’s home, volunteer services, PIC Transitions program, therapies, durable medical equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals used in patient care.

Family Care Fund – Provides support to families whose loved ones are on our service to assist with necessities of life, transportation, lodging, and other needs.

Community Care Fund – Supports services that are not covered by insurances including clinics, bereavement services, support groups, school-based programs, Camp Courage, and public presentations/materials.

Arts In Care Fund – Provides funds for the use of arts in patient/family care including floral arts, literary arts, music, visual art, art supplies, and more.

Organizational Care Fund – Helps sustain and grow Partners In Care as an organization through facility improvements, geographic expansion, technology, professional education, and community outreach/marketing efforts.

To discuss a bequest or gift to establish an endowment fund, please contact Marlene Carlson, Senior Development Officer, at marlenec@partnersbend.org or call (541) 706-1335.

Partners In Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; taxpayer ID 93-0756143

+Give non-financial gifts in-kind
Donated goods and services enhance the care that Partners In Care is able to provide to patients and their families, as well as support internal operations. In-kind donations that are most needed include:

Office equipment and supplies
Furnishings and equipment for Hospice House
Landscaping services and plant material
Commercially-prepared food for programs and meetings
Artwork and art-making materials
Books for our library

Please note that all in-kind donations require prior approval to assure that the donation is needed at that time and is appropriate for use by our organization. Partners In Care does not accept the donation of durable medical equipment or leftover supplies used in patient care.
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+Give through United Way
Partners In Care receives contributions given through United Way of Deschutes County (UWDC). Designated as an Unfunded Partner Agency, Partners In Care complies with UWDC policies and supports its mission. See Community Partners for a link to UWDC. To give to Partners In Care through United Way, simply write us in on your UWDC pledge form at work.
+Matching gifts and current challenge gift opportunities
Multiply the value of your gift by participating in a matching gift program established by your employer. Contact the Human Resources Department at your place of employment to learn if such a program is offered. If it is, simply obtain a matching gift form from your company and follow the instructions on the form when you make your donation. Then, when you make a donation to Partners In Care, your company will also make a gift to Partners In Care; in some cases, doubling the amount of your gift.
+Think about giving through your will, trust, or estate plan
To help Partners In Care fulfill its mission in perpetuity, you’ll need to set up a Will or Trust to communicate your wishes. After providing for family and loved ones in your Will, you can name Partners In Care as a percentage beneficiary of your estate, or designate a specific dollar amount. After your death or a term of years, Partners In Care receives your gift.

A planned gift helps express your own personal legacy. Your gift can be restricted or designated to an area of service most meaningful to you. To learn more, contact Marlene Carlson, senior development officer, to discuss the benefits of planning now for your eventual gift. Call (541) 706-1335 or email marlenec@partnersbend.org.

+Establish a named endowment
An endowment gift is a contribution that is established as “principal” and held in a permanent investment account. Only a portion of each year’s earnings – above and beyond the principal – is released for the purpose stated by the donor. The rest is reinvested, increasing the principal in the account. Donors may establish their own endowed funds at Partners In Care with a total gift of $25,000, which can be fulfilled over time. Or any amount can be contributed to the Partners In Care Endowment Fund established at the Oregon Community Foundation.
+Find out about Light Up a Life
Light Up a Life is a non-religious celebration of gratitude and remembrance, held each year at Partners In Care. It is open to the public, free of charge. Names of those who have passed away this year—as well as those for whom we are grateful—are read aloud as candles are lighted in their honor. This year, the event will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm.

Learn more about Light Up a Life here.

+Find out about #GivingTuesday
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GivingTuesday is our national day of giving. It is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is officially the kick-off to the charitable giving season. GivingTuesday was established  four years ago; Partners In Care was the first nonprofit in Central Oregon to observe this day. That day, four years ago, E2Solar installed large solar panels on our roof donated in memory of their president’s great aunt who had died at Hospice House about five years earlier.

Every year since then, KTVZ has come out to cover what we are doing to commemorate the day. This year, we will be presenting our Corporate Philanthropy Award. Last year’s Corporate Philanthropy Award was given to PacificSource for their support of hospice and home health.

This year, Partners In Care invites Central Oregon businesses to participate in #GivingTuesday by considering a donation of product, services, discounts, or cash to Partners In Care. Cause-marketing ventures will be considered as well. All pledges and gifts by businesses and organizations will be recognized in a print ad published on #GivingTuesday.

Please call Makayla Walters, Development Officer, Partners In Care, at (541) 322-2165 to discuss your participation in #GivingTuesday.

Business Involvement

+Sponsorship opportunities for your business or organization
Partners In Care deeply appreciates the support it receives from the business community. Our mission is greatly enhanced because of your collective generosity. In return, we work to recognize your contribution. Your logo will appear in the Community Partners section of our website for a rolling 12-month period following your involvement or contribution. Other benefits will be provided based on your organization’s needs or desires. Non-clinical volunteer opportunities are also available for your employee group.

The following sponsorship opportunities are available with a corporate gift:

Sponsorship of Light Up a Life
Sponsorship of printed materials used in patient care and outreach
Sponsorship of Camp Courage and other youth programs
Media Sponsorship – creative services, ad space, talent
Sponsor an event, reception, conference, or speaker
Sponsor a professional education scholarship
Sponsorship of community bereavement programs

+Donate products or services from your business
What business are you in? What kinds of skills do you have? What product do you make?

Chances are your business does something or makes something that could be of use to Partners In Care. For example, the E2Solar Company, located in NE Bend, donated solar energy panels to Partners In Care in late 2012. Not only did they donate the panels, but also delivered, installed and tested them at no cost. The installation was done on #GivingTuesday – a day when companies and individuals “give back” to their communities. Efforts to inform the media of this gift resulted in local television coverage that day. The company president appeared on camera to share what was being installed and why this gift, valued at $13,000, was important to them. A true win-win community partnership.

+Do business with our Community Partners
Partners In Care values its relationships with a variety of community partners. Organizations such as Bend Memorial Clinic and St. Charles Health System refer patients for home health and hospice services. Other companies, like REgroup Thrift Store, have cause-related marketing agreements with Partners In Care. And nonprofit organizations, such as The Bloom Project, interface with Partners In Care in unique ways that benefit our patients and families directly. We hope you will support these organizations with your own business. See our Community Partners page for a partial listing and links to their websites.
+Request a speaker for your club, church, workshop, or other event
To help educate our community on topics related to healthcare, home health, hospice and grief, we offer a Speakers Bureau that works directly with local clubs, organizations, church groups, healthcare and social service professionals, schools and other interested audiences. Each speaking engagement is tailored to fit an audience’s needs and interests and are presented free of charge.

Our professional staff is available to speak on many topics. Below are just a few examples.:

  • What is Hospice? – A Compassionate Kind of Caring
  • End of Life Care
  • Pain and Symptom Management in Hospice
  • Advanced Directives
  • End of Life Issues and Planning
  • Self Care for Caregivers
  • The Spiritual Journey at the End of Life
  • The Joys of Volunteering for Hospice
  • Healthcare Options for Seniors
  • Caring for a Loved One at Home
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement

To learn more about or schedule a speaker, call (541) 382-5882 and ask for our Outreach Department.