• $108,160 of our $85,000 GOAL 127% 127%

Thank you for joining us
virtually as we host our
15th Annual Luncheon.

Start your interactive FAN luncheon experience by watching this short video then scroll to learn more below!

Hover over the images to explore how our FAN advocates connect families to essential services throughout the tri-county area.

Tap the images to explore how our FAN advocates connect families to essential services throughout the tri-county area.

How We Are Addressing COVID

FAN advocates have worked diligently over the last 12 months, ensuring students have reliable internet access, increasing home visits when needed, and providing essential services to make sure no one goes unserved. With eviction moratoriums set to expire in June 2021, families will face dire hardships well into the 2021-22 school year.

Advocates will continue to stand in the gap, connecting community members to an array of assistance and untangling the often- confusing web of social services.

FOOD
FAN advocates help children start school with a full belly every day; last year we connected over 3,900 people to food.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Nearly 2,200 students receive school supplies from FAN advocates yearly, so they can start school ready to learn.

UTILITIES
FAN advocates ensure children sleep in warm beds each night by supporting nearly 3,250 family members with utility assistance annually.

SHELTER
FAN advocates assist more than 1,850 family members with housing annually, so that children have a stable home to return to each day.

CLOTHING
Each school year FAN advocates provide over 3,450 children with seasonally appropriate clothing.

Ana's Story

Following a move from Nebraska, Ana and her three kids were living in a mobile home with seven other people. It was hot, crowded, and food went fast. Before school started, she heard about FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped with hygiene items, school supplies, clothes, and food for the children.
After working hard and saving up for months, the family moved into an apartment just when the pandemic hit. Ana’s hours at work were reduced and soon, she was unable to pay rent. Ana reached out to her FAN advocate, who helped her raise most of her $1200 rent, and get set up with a Wi-Fi “hotspot,” so that the kids could attend school from home. “I didn’t have anyone I could ask for help,” Ana told the advocate. “Thank you for being there for me and my kids.”

Devon's Story

A high school junior, Devon was living on her own. Her mother was incarcerated, and her ailing father, who she had cared for for five years, had passed away. She moved to Bend, but quickly learned an uncle did not have the space to take her in. Devon was determined to graduate, yet she knew that the stress of homelessness would make it extremely difficult. She learned of FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped get her into a homeless shelter for teens and set her up with health care, food, clothing and school supplies. Devon got a job cleaning motel rooms and enrolled in online school. As her advocate noted, “Devon has suffered more than most kids, yet her resiliency and commitment to hard work will bring her through.” Sure enough, Devon graduated and has plans to go to nursing school.

Tommy's Story

On a cold blustery day, Tommy trudged through the snow in his Crocs, arriving at school with cold, wet feet. His kindergarten teacher noticed him shivering and contacted the FAN advocate, who then reached out to Tommy’s mother. She explained that his little feet were just too wide for regular shoes. Crocs were the only shoes that fit him. Tommy came to the FAN office with a big smile, hoping for a new pair of warm shoes, but after trying on multiple pairs, he sadly left empty handed. The FAN advocate made it her mission to visit every local shoe store that day, finally finding the right size online. When the shoes quickly arrived, Tommy's face lit up. He could finally run and jump freely! His mom said she had never seen him so happy.

The McCoy's Story

The pandemic hit the McCoy family hard. Dad was laid off, and mom’s work hours were significantly reduced. Rent was due soon, and they were afraid of losing their home in the midst of a global health crisis. Also, with school closures, their two children should be learning from home but they couldn’t afford Wi-Fi. They heard about FAN through a friend, and contacted an advocate who was able to work with community partners to help raise funds for rent. Working with a local internet provider, the advocate was also able to establish affordable Wi-Fi so the kids could continue to learn from home. With the support of FAN and our community, the McCoys can breathe a little easier and plan for the future.

Ana's Story

Following a move from Nebraska, Ana and her three kids were living in a mobile home with seven other people. It was hot, crowded, and food went fast. Before school started, she heard about FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped with hygiene items, school supplies, clothes, and food for the children.
After working hard and saving up for months, the family moved into an apartment just when the pandemic hit. Ana’s hours at work were reduced and soon, she was unable to pay rent. Ana reached out to her FAN advocate, who helped her raise most of her $1200 rent, and get set up with a Wi-Fi “hotspot,” so that the kids could attend school from home. “I didn’t have anyone I could ask for help,” Ana told the advocate. “Thank you for being there for me and my kids.”

Tommy's Story

On a cold blustery day, Tommy trudged through the snow in his Crocs, arriving at school with cold, wet feet. His kindergarten teacher noticed him shivering and contacted the FAN advocate, who then reached out to Tommy’s mother. She explained that his little feet were just too wide for regular shoes. Crocs were the only shoes that fit him. Tommy came to the FAN office with a big smile, hoping for a new pair of warm shoes, but after trying on multiple pairs, he sadly left empty handed. The FAN advocate made it her mission to visit every local shoe store that day, finally finding the right size online. When the shoes quickly arrived, Tommy's face lit up. He could finally run and jump freely! His mom said she had never seen him so happy.

Devon's Story

A high school junior, Devon was living on her own. Her mother was incarcerated, and her ailing father, who she had cared for for five years, had passed away. She moved to Bend, but quickly learned an uncle did not have the space to take her in. Devon was determined to graduate, yet she knew that the stress of homelessness would make it extremely difficult. She learned of FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped get her into a homeless shelter for teens and set her up with health care, food, clothing and school supplies. Devon got a job cleaning motel rooms and enrolled in online school. As her advocate noted, “Devon has suffered more than most kids, yet her resiliency and commitment to hard work will bring her through.” Sure enough, Devon graduated and has plans to go to nursing school.

The McCoy's Story

The pandemic hit the McCoy family hard. Dad was laid off, and mom’s work hours were significantly reduced. Rent was due soon, and they were afraid of losing their home in the midst of a global health crisis. Also, with school closures, their two children should be learning from home but they couldn’t afford Wi-Fi. They heard about FAN through a friend, and contacted an advocate who was able to work with community partners to help raise funds for rent. Working with a local internet provider, the advocate was also able to establish affordable Wi-Fi so the kids could continue to learn from home. With the support of FAN and our community, the McCoys can breathe a little easier and plan for the future.

Why Your Support Matters

$100 provides FAN services to a child for an entire school year. During these unprecedented times, vulnerable FAN families will face worsening hardships. With your support, FAN advocates stand ready to help those in need.

Your gift will help a child…

  • sleep in a warm bed
  • access medical care
  • keep the roof over their head
  • receive a good education and MUCH more!

We Truly Cannot Do This Without You!

  • $108,160 of our $85,000 GOAL 127% 127%

Your donation does so much more than allow us to serve those in need.
Your generosity changes the world of a child and their family.

Thank You, Sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Champions

Partners

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Friends

In-Kind

When doing business in the community, please consider supporting our amazing sponsors.
We couldn’t do this without their support!

Thank You, Table Captains!

Aaron Warnock, FAN Foundation
Alisa Betz, FAN Foundation
Amy Berger, FAN Foundation
Angela Switzer, Bend Nest
Anna Higgins, HDESD
Brooke Garcia, Bend Group Property Management
Carrie Cohen, CS Construction
Debby Bowen, Bend Pilates
Diane Murray-Fleck, i4education
Fred & Jeness Christensen
Georell Bracelin, Relativity
Heather Sterling
Henrik Jahn, InsureBend.com

Jen Enna, FAN Staff
Jenny Erard
Julie Lyche, FAN Executive Director
Katie DiGirolamo
Kevin & Amy Jo Detweiler, kevindetweiler.com
Lauren Olson, Niblicks & Greenes
Lisa Smith, Garner Group
Lizzi Katz, Kebaba
Melinda Jahn, InsureBend.com
Melinda Nichols, Mountain Sky Landscaping & Schilling’s Garden Market
Michele O’Hara, Opportunity Knocks
Meghan Blyth, Rodan & Fields

Mimi Graves, Community Volunteer
Paul Andrews, HDESD
Penny Farrow, Brown & Brown Northwest
Robyn Harmon, FAN Staff
Ruth Williamson, Ruth Williamson Consulting
Sharon Nyberg, Team Delay
Stacey Dehmer, FAN Foundation
Sue Boettner, Bend Metro Parks & Rec Dist
Tami Hatfield, Birkenstock-Bend Shoe Co.
Tammy Baney, COIC
Tasha McFarland, Hoodoo Ski Area
Valerie Yost, Brooks Resources

Thank you for joining our virtual
15th Annual Luncheon!