As a nonprofit organization, St. Charles Health System has a responsibility to give back to the Central Oregon community. It is our honor and privilege to fill this important role.
We take our role as a community resource seriously and do our best to partner with other local groups to ensure Central Oregonians have access to the health services they need when they need them most. We are proud of the contribution our community benefit program makes to support a healing environment and a healthier future for our friends and neighbors.
The St. Charles Community Benefit Department selects a variety of projects each year with the common goal of addressing the health care needs within our region. Recent projects include:
- Volunteers in Action: Support for the organization's mission of helping the underserved in our region. Volunteers in Action is a group of more than 180 volunteers that provides free services to seniors and disabled people who need assistance, including friendly visits, transportation and minor home repairs.
- Volunteer Connect: Funds for Project Connect, a program providing a wide variety of services to Central Oregonians who are in need of basic health and social services. Project Connect is an annual, one-day event held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in September.
- American Red Cross (Oregon Mountain River Chapter): Support for the disaster response and preparedness program. This chapter is responsible for providing disaster services in six Central Oregon counties — Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler, Grant and Harney — and to the Federated Tribes of Warm Springs.
- Bend Ronald McDonald House: Funding to help improve security measures, including security fencing, lighting and surveillance cameras. The Bend Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and support services to families whose children are receiving treatment at St. Charles Bend.
- Healthy Families of the High Desert: A grant for the purchase of educational DVDs aimed at preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome. Prior to being discharged from the Family Birthing Center, new parents will receive the DVD as part of an evidenced-based program known as The Period of Purple Crying.
- Healthy Beginnings: Funding for screenings and referrals in the Madras area.
- Rimrock Trails Adolescent Treatment Center: Funds for providing equine therapy for teens with issues related to substance abuse.
- The Giving Plate: Funds toward emergency food supplies to underserved families in La Pine, Sunriver, Bend and throughout the Central Oregon region.
- KIDS Center: Support for the KIDS Center child abuse intervention center serving Central Oregon. KIDS Center evaluates and treats more than 300 children a year who are suspected victims of abuse.